Fresh install on MBP can't find newly install hard drive.

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by WRXface, Jan 28, 2012.

  1. WRXface macrumors regular

    Aug 6, 2008
    I just bought a new 250GB Hard drive, prepping it for sale due to the last hard drive crashing. i installed it correctly, popped in the snow leopard cd and it can not find a disk to install it on.
  2. WRXface thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 6, 2008
    That's very helpful, but the thing is that it does't recognize it at all.

    EDIT: It's a Western Digital Scorpio Blue 250GB 5400RPM
  3. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    It is not recognised in Disk Utility?
    What exact MBP do you have?

    And do you have an external enclosure/dock for 2.5" S-ATA HDDs, where you could put the new HDD into to see, if it works from there, to eliminate the HDD as problem?
  4. WRXface thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 6, 2008
    Mid 2009 13" macbook pro

    I have been looking for my enclosure but I seem to have lost it
  5. Ccrew macrumors 68020

    Feb 28, 2011
    simsaladimbamba is right, boot to the install DVD then go to Disc Utility. If you don't see the drive there as available to be formatted you have a larger issue.

    OSX won't offer to install until it sees a properly formatted drive available, and that's not going to happen until you get into disc utility and do it.

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