clean install, new hard drive

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  1. kostas117 macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys

    I have a macbook, the first generation of the allumijum ones (late 2008 i think) and recently it had a fall. As a result the hard drive is dead. So, i bought a new one. A samsung ssd. Before changing my hard drive when i was trying to boot it was giving me the folder with the question mark and when i was trying to boot pressing the alt key it was giving me only the mouse pointer. I also have a bootable usb with osx lion but when i boot with alt it gives the option to choose it but the then it gives me the forbidden sign. I haveno other hard drive on it qhen i am doing this. If i plug the ssd it doesnt see the usb.is there anything that i could do?

    Thank you in advance.
     
  2. epichfallen macrumors newbie

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    The installation on your usb device may not be accurate. If you have a working mac nearby, you can erase your usb device and create a new startup usb.

    You can check this link for further information about creating a bootable OS X usb :

    As a late 2008 macbook user, I suggest that you should consider using newer OS like Mavericks or Yosemite.

    Good luck.
     
  3. kostas117 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the advice. How do you explain the fact that when both ssd and usb are pkugged in the usb is not recognised?
     
  4. epichfallen macrumors newbie

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    Does this happen when you boot with pressing alt button?
     
  5. kostas117 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes, when i dont press alt it gives me a folder with a question mark.
     
  6. kostas117, Nov 17, 2014
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    kostas117 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    my ssd is completely empty (just took it out of the box and plugged it in) and my usb has capacity of 8gb. do i need to do anything else to my ssd before plug it in? i dot want to transfer any data to it. i just want to install the os on it.
     

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