MBP - 13" - HDD connection help!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by srq89, Jul 3, 2011.

  1. srq89 macrumors newbie

    Jun 5, 2011

    So I have what I belve is a lte 2009 MBP 13". It's been out of warranty for a while now so I can't take it back to apple.

    Anyhow, about a month and a half ago my MBP pro got stuck and just wouldn't respond, and a reboot resulted in the dreaded, unresponsive hard drive.

    After buying a new hard drive, i plugged it back into the MBP and it wouldn't get recognized. I tried disk utility, resetting pram, formatting it to fat 32 to get picked up and all sorts of other stuff, but it just didn't work.

    So, I bought a SATA cable, and plugged it in externally to install the Journaled partition and the Mac OSX on it, and it initially failed about 3 times with the "installer could not copy files" or "installation couldn't not be completed, contact the software manufacturer" error. Anyhow after successfully installing it, I plugged it back into the MBP and still no go.

    Can anyone tell me what's wrong before I order and replace the Hardware cable? if there's anyway to toruble shoot it, please let me know.


    ps: the application disk doesn't work either.
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    In order to install OS X the drive has to be Mac OS Extended (Journaled). You can format it this way using your grey restore discs or a retail installation disc.

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