Installing OS X Snow Leopard on a new hard drive

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  1. grantseltzer macrumors newbie

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    So I'm trying to fix my friends Macbook Pro that he got in 2009. He was having trouble with it, so he brought it into a repair service that told him he had to replace his hard drive. I told him I could do it so he can save money.

    I took all the right steps to physically replace the hard drive. I'm currently trying to install OS X Snow Leopard from the install disc. When I get to the screen that asks what disc I want to install the OS on it doesn't list the new hard drive.

    I went into disc utility, tried to format and partition the drive but keep getting error messages that say "Input/output error" or "Can't allocate memory"

    One possible solution that I found was replacing the SATA cable but I figure that should be the last thing I try. I'm hoping it's a software issue.

    I have a USB thumb drive that when I plug it in gives me the option to install the OS on that. Should I try this? Would I not be able to use the disc after that? Can I install it on the hard drive from the USB after I do that?

    All advice is greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

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    The error you're getting does indicate a hard ware problem. The new drive could be bad, but it could also be the SATA cable. Installing OS X onto a USB drive is possible, but it would be rather slow for everyday use.
     
  3. grantseltzer thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That's what I figure. Do you know if I were to live boot, let says, ubuntu onto it there would be a way to test the hardware?
     
  4. Intell macrumors P6

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    Ubuntu may be able to do some tests, but Apple's tests would be better as they are designed for that machine.
     
  5. grantseltzer thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So would you recommend I install the OS onto the USB or an external hard drive and then do hardware tests?
     
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  7. grantseltzer thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Do you know if I'll be able to reuse the disc incase it is a hardware issue? Basically, is there any risk to doing this?
     
  8. Intell macrumors P6

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    Reuse the USB drive or the hard drive? You'll be able to reuse them both as long as the hard drive is not faulty.
     
  9. grantseltzer thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm installing it on the USB. Thank you for your help, hopefully this will work.
     
  10. Thorburn macrumors newbie

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    If you think you're having drive cable issues then this may be of interest?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Amg5w0rlwDo

    Turned a $30+ cable replacement on a customer system which had suffered multiple cable failures in to a near free fix which hopefully won't reoccur....
     

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