Installing OSX in MBP, HD not detected. Reported as a 1.19GB disk image

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by whitedragon101, Feb 26, 2016.

  1. whitedragon101 macrumors 6502a

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    My friends 13" Unibody MBP went down and displayed a question mark over a folder icon. So I took out the hard drive (Samsung SSD) backed all the data up by connecting it to a USB to Sata connector. I then wiped the drive and set it to have a single GUID partition formatted to MacOSX Journalled (HFS+).

    Here is the issue. When I put the drive back in the Mac and attempt to install OSX either by internet recovery or using a USB installer it can not detect a drive. When I look in the disk utility on the machine it displays it as a 1.19GB disk image. Just like this person in the image below. No one solved his problem on the apple forums. Does anyone have any ideas?

    https://discussions.apple.com/servlet/JiveServlet/showImage/2-26365201-455649/photo.JPG
    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/5336779?tstart=0
     
  2. tubeexperience macrumors 68030

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  3. whitedragon101 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    SSD works fine when you take it out and connect it to a different system. Correctly detected, read write. All fine.
     
  4. chrfr macrumors 603

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    Failed SATA cables are common in the unibody MBPs. They exhibit these sorts of symptoms when the cables fail.
     
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    What chrfr said ... it could be a failed SATA cable, which are quite simple to replace. I've replaced two of these already on two of my cousins' laptops. They were exhibiting similar issues.
     
  6. tubeexperience macrumors 68030

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    In that case, replace the HDD cable.
     
  7. whitedragon101 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks guys. Replaced the SATA cable and boom all detected all working fine :)
     
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    Glad that worked out for you. :)
     

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