Hard drive not found on computer

cuzo

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I installed a hard drive in a macbook pro but the hard drive isn't showing up when I try to do a fresh install, what needs to be done?
 

Gav2k

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I installed a hard drive in a macbook pro but the hard drive isn't showing up when I try to do a fresh install, what needs to be done?
You need to use disk utility and format the drive correctly.
 

old-wiz

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sounds like the drive is not connected properly or has some strange formatting on it. Sounds like you are installing a 2nd HDD, so I suspect wrong cable or wrong disk type.
 

cuzo

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sounds like the drive is not connected properly or has some strange formatting on it. Sounds like you are installing a 2nd HDD, so I suspect wrong cable or wrong disk type.
It's a 2009

I read the hard drive cables usually go bad on these. It only has one hard drive but the hard drive isn't being found in the disk ulitily window.

It's a regular notebook sata hard drive.
 

Mr MM

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try to see if the HDD works on some other pc, if it works its fine, the problem then is on the notebook, either cable or mobo
 

cuzo

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try to see if the HDD works on some other pc, if it works its fine, the problem then is on the notebook, either cable or mobo
hard drive works fine on my windows pc, doesn't work on macbook pro. I figured the cable is bad.

I don't know any software to test out the mac like geek squad mri disk.

Do you know any?
 

Mr MM

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you can try the apple hardware test

booting in safe mode as you may notice needs something to boot from
 

kjb0419

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I installed a hard drive in a macbook pro but the hard drive isn't showing up when I try to do a fresh install, what needs to be done?
Where is it installed? If you installed it in the primary drive you may have not gotten the connector snuggly in there. You can try making sure it's in there and if it still doesn't work you could try getting a usb sata adapter (some HD come with one) and plugging it into another computer to format it.

If you're installing it in the optical bay slot you may have just gotten a faulty caddy and/or might have forgotten to reconnect all of the wires (there are quite a few).