Installing a hard drive on macbook A1342

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  1. rubencito macrumors member

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    I would like some help here from the pros. I dropped my macbook and it was having problems starting up and it actually died. I was able to get to disk utility and tried to do a back up with no luck. I decided to install a new hard drive and now the macbook starts but all I get is a black screen.
    I have the install disk and tried to boot up with option C but no luck. What should I do to this hard drive before installing. Should I format the drive before installing and what should I formatted to? Journaled? Any help or guides would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Altemose macrumors G3

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    In Disk Utility, you should select your new hard drive, hit the erase tab, and choose "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)" as the format. This is done with the install disk.
     
  3. rubencito thread starter macrumors member

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    How about partitions, how many should I do and what is the purpose. Also can I do this from a windows machine or mac only
    Thanks
     
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    You would do this from your install DVD. Clicking Erase creates one partition (usually called Macintosh HD) just like how it was from the factory.
     
  5. rubencito thread starter macrumors member

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    Got my drive formatted. Installed in macbook. Now it starts it shows me the network to hook up to and it freezes.
    Also enclosed my old drive in an enclosure and it reads on my Mac but suggested I do a back up of all my files ASAP. I connected the drive enclosure to the macbook and started holding the option key. Now I get the picture of a recovery drive and a macintosh drive. But it also freezes.
    Any ideas
     
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    Did you then install OS X to the new hard drive or only wipe it?
     
  7. rubencito, Oct 20, 2014
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    Not sure what to do next

    This is what I have done. Installed new drive on enclosure format drive as instructed. Installed new drive in MacBook and put DVDs in drive. Turn on with OPTION key held down. MacBook starts and searches for wifi. Select wifi and then it freezes.
    Also tried with old drive connected via use. It detects both drives, one is a recovery drive but then it freezes.
    Not sure what to do next.
    Can I install OS X to the new drive before I install on MacBook
    What do you mean by "wipe"?
     
  8. Altemose macrumors G3

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    Is this a 2009 or 2010 model?
     
  9. rubencito thread starter macrumors member

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    I am positive is a 2010 model but can't confirm as I am at work now. Will for sure confirm tonight
     
  10. Altemose macrumors G3

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    If it is a 2010 model hold CMD Opt R at boot to load Internet Recovery.
     
  11. rubencito thread starter macrumors member

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    No luck. It still freezes

    Don't know what is going on but the processes in all that I have read and tried start properly, however after 10 seconds or so it freezes.
     
  12. poiihy macrumors 68020

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    If it randomly freezes... Maybe you damaged something else when you dropped it? Or maybe you damaged the hard drive cable while installing?
     
  13. rubencito thread starter macrumors member

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    Update. It is going thru Internet recovery it finished and it came to the disk utility tab. I chose instal OS X and it started doing it. Shortly after a message to turn computer off and restart. Then I got the folder with the question mark.
    Retrying everything now again
     
  14. poiihy macrumors 68020

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    Yup, you damaged something else besides the hard drive or cable. it may not be repairable. Try Apple Hardware Test.
     
  15. Altemose macrumors G3

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    Depending on the drop, the RAM may have been knocked out of whack. Those slots do seem sturdy but occasionally the RAM needs to be reseated. I would remove the RAM and reinstall it again and check my results in Apple Hardware Test.
     
  16. rubencito thread starter macrumors member

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    Managed to install OS X. However for some reason it would not accept my password. And I know it was the right password. Trying to reinstall OS X again as I could not access terminal to get it changed.
    To note. Sometimes when I boot the computer the light on the right side blinks and sometimes it boots and sometimes just a black screen. And it keeps on shutting down and trying to start but just black screen.
    Can my hdd cable be at fault here?
     
  17. Altemose macrumors G3

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    Was it by chance beeping?
     
  18. poiihy macrumors 68020

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    Maybe keyboard is damaged.
    Test all keys with the keyboard viewer.
     
  19. rubencito, Oct 22, 2014
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    Yes it beeped on one occasion several times.
    Also when I tried to install OS X it tells me the drive is locked
     
  20. Altemose macrumors G3

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    The beeping sounds like RAM. Did you reseat the RAM?
     
  21. rubencito thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes I took them both out. And reinstallthem
     
  22. Altemose macrumors G3

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    Has it beeped or hung since? What type of a drop are we talking about? There is a big difference between falling in your bag two feet off a coffee table and being dropped off a counter onto a linoleum floor.
     
  23. rubencito thread starter macrumors member

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    It keeps on hanging. No beeping. It was a drop from a counter
     
  24. Altemose macrumors G3

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    Where is it hanging? Does it get into OS X? Have you tried running Apple Hardware Test?
     
  25. rubencito, Oct 22, 2014
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    I can get into the OS X installation. It starts it goes for a few minutes til it says 20 minutes left and it hangs. I had a message that said the drive was locked
    How do I run the hardware test?
     

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