New Hard Drive does not show up..

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Payner, Jul 24, 2008.

  1. Payner macrumors newbie

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    I have a mac mini, intel based that I thought the hard drive went bad. It would not boot and whenever I tried to repair it on my mini at home it was not successful. I removed the old one and took it to work, hooked it up to my mac here with a usb/sata convertor and it would not repair or fix so I decided to buy a new hard drive. I installed the new hard drive and booted off the cd to os x, selected the language, agreement but the hard drive never showed up in the install. Any ideas?

    Thanks
     
  2. merl1n macrumors 65816

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    The new hard drive you have has a Windows (Master Boot Record) Partition Map. All 3rd party drives come this way. Using your installer DVD (Leopard, etc) go to the Utilities menu and select Disk Utility.

    In DU, select the drive and click the Partition tab. In the window, change "Current" to "1 Partition" (this enables the Options button). Click the Options button. Change the Partition map to:

    GUID if your Mac is Intel
    Apple Map if your Mac is PPC based

    Click OK. Name your disk. Click Apply.

    Now you can proceed with your installation and your drive will be recognized.
     
  3. agentphish macrumors 65816

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    Make sure the jumper on the drive is set correctly if there is one.

    You could also have a bad hard disk cable inside your mini.

    This is a stretch, but the new drive could be DOA.

    Those would be my only three thoughts.

    Edit: Merl1n is probably right on. I forgot about that.
     
  4. merl1n macrumors 65816

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    One other thought.

    Your mini is intel based (from your previous post).

    The new drive your purchased...is is a SATA drive?

    If you purchased an ATA/IDE drive, it won't work in an intel based mini.
     
  5. Payner thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It is a sata drive. How do I boot from the CD/DVD to the disk utility program? When I hold Ctrl-C it comes up to the select a language window, then agreement, then to install with no Hard Drive listed??
     
  6. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    Just hold down the C key while booting up, then Disk Utility from the menu bar
     

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