? folder flashing after HD swap, help!

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by tallpaul, Jul 27, 2012.

  1. tallpaul macrumors member

    Jun 11, 2009
    Hoping somebody can help here,

    My sister has a 2008 white Macbook, 2.1Ghz

    It came with a standard 120GB HD which was 95% full hence we decided to change it to a 2010 250GB HD that I had taken out of my wife's 2010 White macbook.

    Very easy swao apart from the fact that the slightly thicker sticker on the 250GB drive made it harder to slot back in but it seated no problem and the battery slotted back in no problem, 10 minute job.

    Booted it and the chime went no problem but then the dreaded folder with flashing ?

    I had an boot DVD form the 2010 whitemacbook and tried to boot from that but it reads "OSX cannot be installed on this machine"

    Perhaps this is the case as i't not the orginal DVD for the laptop?

    Anyway put the old 120GB drive back in and the same problem!!!

    Has the sata connector been damaged?

    Both drives are fine as the boot using a SATA USB cable

    Any help would be greatly appreciated
  2. teksurv macrumors regular


    May 25, 2008
    San Diego, CA
    I would start by removing the top case (use iFixit.com for step by step w/pics) and ensure that the rubber bumpers aren't preventing full contact with the SATA port.
  3. minifridge1138 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 26, 2010
    The 2010 Macbook's OS disc will not work with the 2008 Macbook.

    The discs are specific to the make/model/year that they ship with.

    I think teksurv is correct about the drive not being in all the way.

    I've never take the top case off of my MacBook, so I can't say anything about that except "be careful."
  4. tallpaul thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 11, 2009
    Thanks for the replies, I had a feeling the disc might not work but had hoped that as the disc matched the HD I was installing.

    I'll have a go at removing top case


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