New SSD but Mac won’t start

BlackCimz

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Jan 11, 2019
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Disclaimer: I know very little about computers and need help.

I have a 2009 MacBook that was working well until a magnet was set on top of the hard drive and it died.

I replaced the hard drive with a new SSD and it still won’t start. I know it’s possible that the computer is dead completely, but is there something else I might be missing? Anything else I need to do to get it to start, or could I have possibly installed it incorrectly?

Thanks!
[doublepost=1547269520][/doublepost]I was actually able to get it started and now I have a grey screen with a question mark. I cannot seem to get any further than this, it looks like it’s not recognizing the hard drive.
 

ThugFreak

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If you have wi-fi Internet available, try "Internet Recovery".
"Internet Recovery" will install a "disk utility" program so you can verify if your SSD is detected & working properly. You will be able to format & partition the SSD if needed.
"Internet Recovery" will also download & install the original OS your MacBook shipped with.

Turn off your MacBook, Hold keys: command & R together while turning on your MacBook, keep holding down command & R until you see the spinning Earth animation. Select your wi-fi network & password. Good Luck.

 
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BlackCimz

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Thanks. I tried that last night and it didn’t work unfortunately. Too old probably.
[doublepost=1547325072][/doublepost]Not a silly question at all- especially since I seriously have no idea what I am doing!

And the answer is no... I have an external hard drive with my time machine backup, can I do it with that or...?

Silly question perhaps, but did you install OS X on the new SSD?
[doublepost=1547325132][/doublepost]This is helpful! So I just need to get the dvd and put that in you think?

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202313

That Mac is too old to have Internet recovery, so you are going to need to make yourself a USB key installer on another Mac. I notice there are sellers on Amazon selling the Lion OS X installer DVD, so that would also work for you.
 

ThugFreak

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This is helpful! So I just need to get the dvd and put that in you think?
Yes,
Apple sells it for $20
https://www.apple.com/shop/product/MC573Z/A/mac-os-x-106-snow-leopard
Or you can download a "Snow Leopard" .dmg file (not from Apple) & create a bootable USB key installer.
It can be made with a Mac or Windows PC (Mac is easier).
Windows PC needs a 'free 15 day trial' program called "Transmac".
You only need an 8 gig USB drive (buy a fast one if you want a faster installation).
 
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enriquium

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Jan 28, 2019
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Disclaimer: I know very little about computers and need help.

I have a 2009 MacBook that was working well until a magnet was set on top of the hard drive and it died.

I replaced the hard drive with a new SSD and it still won’t start. I know it’s possible that the computer is dead completely, but is there something else I might be missing? Anything else I need to do to get it to start, or could I have possibly installed it incorrectly?

Thanks!
[doublepost=1547269520][/doublepost]I was actually able to get it started and now I have a grey screen with a question mark. I cannot seem to get any further than this, it looks like it’s not recognizing the hard drive.
Your computer is ok, then. Command + R and us internet recovery to reinstall OSX or create a bootable recovery usb from another Mac
 

chrfr

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Your computer is ok, then. Command + R and us internet recovery to reinstall OSX or create a bootable recovery usb from another Mac
The 2009 MacBook does not support Internet Recovery, as was mentioned in post #4 of the thread.