Help with installing new hard drive

Ron Geur

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Sep 15, 2006
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I just added a 4th hard drive (purchased from Apple) to my Mac Pro and I get the message "The disk you inserted was not recognized by this computer."

I click on "Initialize" and I am asked to click on the the drive that I want initialized. In spite of the fact that the computer says that it does NOT recognize the drive, all of its specifications are listed.

After I select the new drive, there are potentially 4 options (verfiy disk permission, repair disk permission, verify disk, repair disk), none of which are "highlighted" thereby preventing me from choosing any one of them.

I'm a newbie switcher so I'm a little frustrated with my first Mac "plug and play" experience. Any help in solving this problem would be greatly appreciated.

Ron
 

livingfortoday

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Nov 17, 2004
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The Msp
Go to Applications - Utilities - Disk Utility, and the drive should show up on the left there. Click on it, then choose "Erase" from the right, and reformat the drive. It should show up on your desktop now.
 

THX1139

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Mar 4, 2006
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Ron Geur said:
I'm a newbie switcher so I'm a little frustrated with my first Mac "plug and play" experience. Any help in solving this problem would be greatly appreciated.

Ron
Welcome to Apple. Even though the experience is mostly "plug and play" that doesn't preclude you from RTFM. Adding additional hardware to your computer is not considered to be an off the shelf activity. Most people buy their computers and are able to plug them in and play with them right away. Getting under the hood to modify and add hardware will require a bit more effort on your part, so I don't understand your frustration.
 

smoky

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Aug 17, 2004
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Hi, on the subject of adding Mac Pro drives - is there a proprietary drive carrier? I'm wondering if 3rd party drives can just be screwed in an pre-existing bracket?

Thanks!
 

technicolor

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Dec 21, 2005
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smoky said:
I'm wondering if 3rd party drives can just be screwed in an pre-existing bracket?

Thanks!
Yep they can. The carriers are already inside the mac pro, just screw the drive onto the carrier, the screws are there already too.