Problem installing new hard drive

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by macleaner, Mar 9, 2013.

  1. macleaner macrumors newbie

    Mar 9, 2013
    I have a 2011 Macbook Pro 15". I bought a 1TB internal WD Blue hard drive to install and upgrade the existing internal.

    I used 'Time Machine' to make a back up right before, and according to OWC I installed the back up directly on the new WD hard drive I am installing.(

    After that, I powered off the computer, and installed the new WD.

    When I started the computer again, it didn't go so well. When I tried to start from the Time Machine back up, it could not find a hard drive to select in the "select a destination" option. I waited for 30 minutes for it to find the hard drive (which would be the new internal one I just installed) but nothing.

    I then tried to re-install the Mac OSX. But, when I started that process, it said the hard drive was locked and could not be modified.

    So, I'm out fo options as far as I can tell.

    Please send me any info you can on how I can properly get my new 1TB hard drive working in my computer.

    Thank You
  2. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    That's not going to work. A time machine backup is not bootable - as you noticed. And the files in a time machine backup are protected against accidental changes, as a backup should be - you noticed that as well. Whether the advice you were given is wrong or whether you misunderstood it, I don't know. But the copy of the time machine backup on your new internal hard drive is useless.

    If you have a MacOS X installer, you'll first have to start Disk Utility. Identify your internal hard drive and format it again. After that, you can install MacOS X And during the installation, you will be asked whether to copy the data from a Time Machine backup. That will put your data back in a form that is usable.

    Best to not have the Time Machine backup connected when you format the internal drive, just to avoid the possibility of any fatal mistake. And make sure you keep your old internal drive around until everything is working; worst case you can use that to restore everything.
  3. macleaner thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 9, 2013
    Ok. I put in the original drive and of course it started fine. I then hooked up my new internal WD hard drive via a hard drive dock. I went to disk utility and re ormatted the drive. At this point the drive is empty.

    All seemed good.

    I then swapped internal drives again and put he WD drive back in the laptop. When I started the computer this time, I got a folder icon with a question mark in it, flashing on my screen.

    After reading some forums, I then installed my Mac OSX install disk. Now, when the computer starts the apple logo stays on the screen and nothing happens. I tried holding down both the "Option" and "C" key (at separate start up attempts). Still nothing. As well, I can not eject the Install CD.

    Please, if someone can give me step by step on how to go from here, that would be greatly appreciated. All I need, is to have my new 1TB internal drive work as my boot up drive in my MacBook.

    Thanks again.
  4. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    You have an external USB/SATA docking station, is this correct?

    If so, I suggest you follow these instructions carefully.

    1. Put the OLD drive BACK into the laptop for now.

    2. Get the laptop up and running.

    3. Download CarbonCopyCloner from here:
    (it's "pay for" software, but you can use it FREE for 30 days)

    4. Now connect the USB dock and put the new drive into it.

    5. First, use Disk Utility to re-initialize the NEW docked drive. Also, use DU to "repair" it once or twice (this actually just tests the drive for errors).

    6. Now launch CCC. In CCC's window, on the left side, pick your SOURCE drive (the OLD internal one). On the right side, pick your TARGET drive (the NEW one in the dock).

    7. CCC will also clone the recovery partition if you wish.

    8. Once you've got it set up, let CCC do its thing. If there's a lot on the OLD drive, it will take a while -- you're creating a bootable, cloned backup.

    9. When done, TEST YOUR BACKUP FIRST. To do that, do this:
    a. Restart
    b. As soon as you hear the startup sound, hold down the option key and KEEP HOLDING IT DOWN
    c. In a few moments, the startup manager will appear
    d. Select the NEW (docked) drive with the pointer, then hit return
    e. The laptop will now boot from the NEW drive in the dock.

    10. When you get to the finder, look around. The clone should look EXACTLY like your old drive -- check "About this Mac" to be sure that you're booted from the new drive.

    11. Once you have done a test boot, and are satisfied that everything is as it should be with the new drive, NOW it's time to shut everything down and swap the drives.

    12. Once the swap is done, reboot. Are things better now?

    If this works for you, I STRONGLY SUGGEST that you continue to use CCC in the future instead of Time Machine. You can use the old drive in the dock as your backup. Do this, and you will always have an immediately-bootable "emergency backup" close-at-hand.
  5. macleaner thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 9, 2013
    Thank you Fishrrman! I will try all this and let you know how it goes.


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