Mid-2010 won't recognize new old HDD

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by eapiwo, Apr 11, 2014.

  1. eapiwo macrumors newbie

    Apr 11, 2014
    Hey gang. Long time lurker posting the first thing I've ever been unable to get my head around.

    My roommate's mid 2010 mbp's hdd took a dive. Confirmed all cables and other components are functioning.

    He's on a budget so I swapped in an old 120gb WDC WD1200BEVS-22RST0 that I had in my Mom's old windows machine.

    I cannot for the life of me get this old hdd to mount or be recognized by any machine other than the original windows laptop. I've tried it wiped clean by diskpart. Tried it with an hfs+ partition. Tried it blank with only a gpt on it. Nothing. Put it in an external enclosure and nothing by both mac and pc machines.

    I thought I read that they were putting these hdds in 2007 black macbooks. Maybe I'm wrong and they aren't compatible and I'm wasting my time.

    No matter what I do to it the windows recovery disc on the old laptop picks it up just fine. One thing diskpart wouldn't let me do (or I couldn't figure out how to do) was put both a gpt and hfs+ partition on it. Can't remember the specific error.

    Any troubleshooting suggestions or software recommendations would be great.

    tl:dr - Is a WDC WD1200BEVS-22RST0 compatible with a mid-2010 mbp
  2. Marty62 macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2010
    Berlin formerly London
    That is REALLY old !
    My GF has a macbook from 2007 and it has a 200gb drive.

    Go spend 80 bucks or less on a new 1TB 7200rpm like Hitachi or HGST

    Problem solved and LOTS of storage space :)

    You should never trust putting a system on such an old "spinner" drive anyway.
  3. TechZeke macrumors 68020


    Jul 29, 2012
    Rialto, CA
    Even better, OP, since you are fine with 120gb, you can take that 80 bucks and get a 128gb SSD.

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