Macbook Problem

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by drummerboy5, Jun 18, 2008.

  1. drummerboy5 macrumors newbie

    Jun 18, 2008
    Ok, I just got my mbp today and decided to install more memory and a new hard drive. After I installed the memory and the new hard drive, I turned on the mbp and a file folder with a question mark inside of it is flashing. None of the keyboard buttons work so I guessed something went wrong with the installation? Someone please help me!
  2. logana macrumors 65816


    Feb 4, 2006
    The flashing question mark means it cannot find an operating system.

    Reboot with your install discs - they will be in the box - (hold down C) and install OSX onto the hard drive. New hard disks don't come with Operating Systems on them !
  3. merl1n macrumors 65816


    Mar 30, 2008
    New Jersey, USA
    First thing...

    The new drive you installed, did your reformat it with the GUID partition map?

    If not, that may be your problem. Also, is it a SATA drive?

    Most drive manufacturers pre-format their drives for Windows users. The partition map is labeled as "Master Boot Record". This will not be bootable for the MacBook Pro (or any Mac Intel system).

    Boot from the Installer DVD that came with your MacBook.

    Follow these instructions:

    If booting from the installer DVD, select English and stop there.

    Under the Utilities menu, select Disk Utility then follow the steps below.

    1. Select your new hard drive device (not the volume beneath it) in the left pane of the window.

    2. Go to the Partitions tab.

    3. Change "Current" to "1 Partition" (this enables the Options button)

    4. Click the Options button, select the GUID partition map, click OK.

    5. Name your disk, select Mac OS extended (journaled) from the drop down.

    6. Click Apply and this will reformat your disk.

    7. Continue with the installer and make a fresh installation or restore everything using whatever DVDs came with your MBP.

    Remember to run Disk Utility and Repair Permissions no matter what option you take.

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