New SSD in Macbook Pro - boot problems

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Robert Mac, Feb 26, 2015.

  1. Robert Mac macrumors newbie

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    Mid 2009 MacBook Pro, I just swapped out the drive with a 500GB SSD, Samsung 850 EVO. To prep for the swap, I used a SATA/IDE to USB adaptor and SuperDuper to back up the drive to the SSD. Followed the steps and swapped drives, when I boot up with the new drive I get the chime, grey screen and Apple logo, then the laptop completely shuts off. I reinstalled the old drive just to make sure I didn't break anything and it boots up fine. Next I used the USB adaptor to connect the SSD drive, restarted the unit holding the option key, tried to boot from the external SSD, same result, grey screen, Apple logo then it shuts down.

    What should I do next? Is it a possible defective SSD?

    Thanks.
     
  2. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Either your hard drive is defective or your copy isn't bootable for some reason. I'd format the hard drive as HFS Journaled then try to copy stuff over again to rule that possibility out.
     
  3. Robert Mac thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I think I did format the hard drive as HFS Journaled in the beginning, but I guess I will erase it then do it over to see if there's any difference.

    Thanks.
     
  4. Gjwilly macrumors 68030

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