MacBook Pro (mid-2009) Hard Drive Upgrade Problem

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by RMRegan20, Nov 10, 2010.

  1. RMRegan20 macrumors newbie

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    I'm new to this forum so my apologies if this topic has already been discussed. I searched for related threads, but didn't find anything.

    I am in the process of upgrading my mid-2009 13" MacBook Pro's hard drive. After reading instructions, many posts, and loads of other information, I selected a WD Scorpio Blue 500GB HDD. Prior to installing it, I performed a Time Machine backup on my external hard drive. My intention was to boot from my OS X install disc and then restore from Time Machine. (Of note, I don't have the original boot disc available to me, but instead have a OS X 10.5.5; I'm running 10.5.8. A friend told me this wouldn't be a problem. I mention this in case he wasn't correct.)

    After installing the new HDD, I turned my computer on. I waited until seeing a folder with a question mark to insert the OS X install disc. After inserting the disc, the Apple logo appeared, and shortly afterward the winding "gear" image appeared. After up to 20 seconds, the screen went black. I tried doing the same thing a few times, and also tested pressing the C button upon startup. Upon each attempt to boot from the OS X disc, regardless of whether I pressed "C" while it loaded (also tested pressing C at different times during the loading process), the "gear" image continued until the screen went black. So, that's my problem. I try to boot from the OS X install disc only to ultimately get a black screen.

    In case it's helpful, each time the screen went black, the HDD continued to run for a short time. Eventually it would stop and then restart again.

    Does anyone have any suggestions?
     
  2. RMRegan20 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    New development: I had left my computer unattended since creating this thread. Just a few minutes ago I went to close my computer when I noticed a faint text box on my screen. It was so faint I could barely make it out...so perhaps my screen wasn't "black" after all. I was able to see a prompt, asking me to select my language for the OS X install process. I selected the first option, which I think was for English. The hard drive started up again, and then the next text box told me that OS X cannot be installed on my computer.

    Thoughts?
     
  3. Knoodles macrumors 6502

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    According to MacTracker the original OS on a mid 2009 MBP is 10.5.7. Your 10.5.5 disc will not work. Also you need to reformat the new HD to OS extended journaled with a GUID partition table. If you can't find the discs that came with the MBP then you will need to purchase a retail Leopard disc with at least 10.5.7 or a retail Snow Leopard disc.
     

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