MacBook grey screen

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Seanomck, Jan 27, 2011.

  1. Seanomck macrumors newbie

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    I need help after I installed a new western digital 640gb hard drive into my thirteen inch unibody MacBook. I formatted the drive and everything and then proceeded to back up my old hard drive from my time capsule and after 4 hours everything was working fine and then it said to redraft my computer. After I did this the computer has been stuck on the same grey screen wi an apple logo and spinning cog or wheel. After I let it sit like this overnight it still did not stop this.ni have tried a safe reboot and that didn't work. And I cannot insert the snow leopard cd because it is already in there from the install and i cannot eject it. I still have my old hard drive in case this doesn't work and everything is all backed up. Please help!
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    What happens when you hold down "Option" on startup- what startup discs are available?
     
  3. iPatrick99 macrumors newbie

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    I had a similar problem...

    to eject the disc: try rebooting and immediately holding down the trackpad button until the disc ejects. Or, better still, startup holding down 'C' and before you perform an archive/re-install of Mac OS X... launch Disk Utility and Repair the drive first...
     
  4. Seanomck thread starter macrumors newbie

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    When I pressed option it gave me The ability to chose Macintosh hd as the hard drive but when I clicked on it it still whent to the grey screen. And when I pressed c it did nothing but I switched back to my old hard drive to eject the snow leopard cd and it worked fine
     
  5. Seanomck thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Final Update

    UPDATE: I ended up fixing everything by holding down option while starting up and having the snow leopard cd in and selected that instead of the hard drive. I then re installed snow leopard and reformatted the hard drive and after that i backed up from my time machine. everything works now and instead of 150 gb i now have 640!
     

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