MBP stock HDD in NON-Mac laptops - is it possible??

jon08

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Ok so I did a 7 Pass erase (to Mac OS Journaled - Extended) of my MBP Hitachi 250 GB stock drive the other day and sold it. The 7 Pass erase went without any problems - at least it didn't report any. But a day later the buyer called me to report that he failed establishing the HDD as a boot-drive on his NON-mac laptop (or whatever it was).

Now he's claiming it's either something wrong with my HDD or it's just that Apple "protects" its HDDs in a way so that they can't be completely wiped off or something?

He thus wants to return the drive to me, so I wanted to ask you guys is there anything he could try to make it work?
 

r.j.s

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If the drive is erased, then it is no different than any other SATA 2.5" drive out there.

The guy screwed up the install.
 

jon08

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If the drive is erased, then it is no different than any other SATA 2.5" drive out there.

The guy screwed up the install.
Are you sure? Because the guy said he's tried lotsa different methods and it didn't work - even the basic format took several hours (should be a matter of mins) and stopped at around 75% according to him.
 

r.j.s

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Are you sure? Because the guy said he's tried lotsa different methods and it didn't work - even the basic format took several hours (should be a matter of mins) and stopped at around 75% according to him.
I am sure, I am on the fourth HDD in my MB, the previous three are still in use elsewhere.

A basic NTFS format from an unformatted drive can take hours.
 

jon08

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I am sure, I am on the fourth HDD in my MB, the previous three are still in use elsewhere.

A basic NTFS format from an unformatted drive can take hours.
"Elsewhere" meaning NON-mac laptops?

But the drive was formatted, just not to NTFS tho...
 

jon08

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Whoops, missed that.

How are they trying to format it? Using an existing install, or a fresh install from a disc?
First the guy tried the "clone disk" method, which he usually does when dealing with new HDDs. But it didn't work. Then he tried other methods, but I'm not so sure what exactly... it's just that he never succeeded in establishing the HDD as his boot drive.

What could he do? Any idea?
 
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