MacBook Pro circle slash before booting

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by adelejjeh, Jun 28, 2014.

  1. adelejjeh macrumors newbie

    adelejjeh

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    Hey all. I have a late 2011 13" MacBook Pro. I decided to change its magnetic HDD with an SSD, so I bought a new SSD and created a Mavericks install USB and installed OS X 10.9 on the new SSD (after formatting it as MacOSXExtended(Journaled)). The installation went fine, but now whenever I boot the mac, I get a circle slash symbol for a brief period of time before it switches to the regular apple logo and the mac boots. I read online that this symbol is usually associated with failed boot attempts, and that it might suggest a faulty hard drive. What does it mean in my situation? Could it be that the SSD I bought is faulty? What should I do, keep on using it, or should I replace my old HDD and return the SSD before something worse happens?
     
  2. Weaselboy Moderator

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    If you put the old HDD back in and this goes away, then I would say you drew a badd SSD and should exchange it. That is definitely not normal.
     
  3. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 601

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  4. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    It sounds like the Mac just doesn't have a default boot drive set. I don't think anything is wrong with the SSD.
     
  5. Weaselboy Moderator

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    I was thinking that too. But all that does is cause a slow boot while it searches for the boot drive. It should not cause that symbol to come up.
     

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