Installed new Hard Drive... now i got a problem.

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  1. Santiago7 macrumors newbie

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    so i have a unibody macbook pro that came with a 250GB hard drive and 2GB memory.

    Went to OWC's website and bought a seagate 500GB 7200RPM hard drive and an OWC 4GB memory pack.

    Installed them.

    when i turned on the laptop i heard the chime and then got a folder with a question mark?

    do i have to do something after the install?

    could it be a defective hard drive?

    thanks.
     
  2. bperrella macrumors regular

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    Did you reinstall the operating system or restore an image of the old disk back to the new one??
     
  3. Santiago7 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    all i did was swap the parts. did nothing else.

    ??
     
  4. eawmp1 macrumors 601

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    Boot from your OS DVD, run disk utility, check disk.
    You do know the OS doesn't come installed on your new drive? You have to install the OS.
     
  5. eawmp1 macrumors 601

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    You have the technical know how to replace hardware yet forgot to install the software? :eek::eek:
     
  6. Santiago7 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i didnt know that.

    what if i don't have the os disk?

    can i go out and buy the $40 leopard software to install?
     
  7. mainomega macrumors 6502

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    Macs are great... but they don't auto-install/backup/restore themselves onto whatever hard drive you purchase.

    I would throw your old drive back in. use timemachine on a separate drive and then restore it back on the new one.
     
  8. DesmoPilot macrumors 65816

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    Well what do you expect? You have to format the hard drive and re-install OS X.


    You're out of luck until you get an OS disc.
     
  9. eawmp1 macrumors 601

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    Don't you have the gray system DVD's that came with your computer? If not you can either buy a retail copy of SL or purchase an enclosure fore your old drive, boot from it, and use CarbonCopyCloner or SuperDuper to clone your old drive onto the new.
     
  10. Santiago7 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    so i guess thats a no, on the snow leopard idea?
     
  11. DesmoPilot macrumors 65816

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    Do you not have the grey DVDs that came with your computer?
     
  12. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    You could get a copy of SL and install it, but you will need an enclosure to put your old drive in to get the files off of it.
     
  13. HLdan macrumors 603

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    You can buy a copy of Snow Leopard from either the Apple store or Best Buy for $29 USD.
     
  14. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I'd just clone from your original hard drive to the new one. A USB 2.0 2.5" SATA enclosure is pocket change.
     
  15. warrena macrumors member

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    I would recommend you go buy a copy of Snow Leopard so you own a legal copy but you can put the old drive back in, put the new drive in an external USB case, download Carbon Copy Cloner and then partition/erase the drive (with Disk Utility) and clone (with CCC) the old drive to the new one, then replace again. This would put all your programs, files, etc. back on the new drive as well. If you take this route, set your boot drive in System Preferences/Startup Drive to shorten boot time after reinstalling the new, cloned drive.
     
  16. davidlv macrumors 65816

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    This is the easist way. Buy the enclosure, install the original HD in it and connect it to the computer, by USB I assume. Boot up the computer and immediately hold down the option key. You should be able to see the USB disk and select it. After the machine boots up, use Disk Utility (in the Applications/Utilities folder to Partition the new HD to one partition, and then use (download) Carbon Copy Cloner and to clone the old drive to the new one.
    Run Disk Utility' Repair Disk function on the new HD to check it and then reboot.
    Should get you up and running. You really should consider buying a copy of Snow Leopard, the updates are free from Apple.
     
  17. lucifiel macrumors 6502a

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    I don't mean to be rude, but this thread is funny!

    I'm rather floored that someone could forget to install an OS after going through all the trouble of installing hardware...

    Anyways, it is probably easiest and, most future proof, to just buy a copy of the Snow Leopard if the OP has lost or misplaced his installation discs.
     

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