Mac recovery

jpohaire

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Hi I have a dying MacBook Pro i7 15 2011, I bought a cheap 2010 MacBook c2d to tie me over until I can replace the mbp permanently. My issue is when I put my ssd in the MacBook and boot I get a ? Folder error. I assume this is an issue with the drivers installed being for the 15mbp, can the OS X install on the disk be repaired to boot without a clean install? Don’t want to wipe the drive.

Thanks
 

chscag

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A 2010 MacBook will probably have a SATA cable that needs to be replaced. It might be driver related, but you should probably replace the SATA cable anyway just to make sure.
 

jpohaire

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May 11, 2017
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A 2010 MacBook will probably have a SATA cable that needs to be replaced. It might be driver related, but you should probably replace the SATA cable anyway just to make sure.
I’m assuming it’s software related as the MacBook will boot from a clean hard drive when installed internally and will mount the ssd when connected via usb. Is there a way to install drivers or ‘repair’ the ssd OS X?

*edit* Are there any known issues with original 2010 MacBook Sata cables and ssds, or were you thinking just a general failure of the cable?
 

chscag

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You'll need to do a clean install to the SSD in order to get the proper drivers for the MacBook to work. And yes, a machine that's around 8 years old should probably have a new SATA cable installed. But if it's only a temporary machine until you buy a new one, you may be okay for awhile.
 
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