SSD install gone bad

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  1. satirev macrumors 6502

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    I just installed a 320 intel ssd in my 2010 macbook pro. When i booted the computer I got a question mark with a folder, i then proceeded to put my 10.6 disc in, and it the question mark with the folder changed to an apple, and now its not initializing the 10.6 install.

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. satirev thread starter macrumors 6502

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    now when i restart it, it sees the CD, the mac osx install CD logo comes up, I click on that, and then it goes to the grey screen with the apple, it has been hanging there for a good 5 minutes...

    can someone please give me some advice??
     
  3. satirev thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Is this a DOA SSD? or is it a problem with the superdrive?
     
  4. DesmoPilot macrumors 65816

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    Sometimes it takes a while to boot off the DVD, might be a bad DVD/super drive as well
     
  5. satirev thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Hmmmm, well it's been hanging for a good 20 minutes now...
     
  6. DesmoPilot macrumors 65816

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    Try again then, next time hold down the C key upon booting up.
     
  7. satirev thread starter macrumors 6502

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    still hanging at grey screen :/

    any other ideas of how i can fix this?
     
  8. satirev thread starter macrumors 6502

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  9. DesmoPilot macrumors 65816

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    If it's not booting off of the DVD, you got yourself a bad Snow Leopard DVD or a bad SuperDrive. You booting off of the grey discs that came with the unit or a retail SL DVD?
     
  10. satirev thread starter macrumors 6502

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  11. DesmoPilot macrumors 65816

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    If it's a retail SL DVD, it might be an old version (like 10.6.0) which would not be supported by a mid 2010 MBP.
     
  12. lindstedt56 macrumors regular

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    The disk is probably bad. Put in your old hd and try to boot off disk and see. Is it the 1 that you got with the mbp?
     
  13. satirev thread starter macrumors 6502

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    no, its a back up copy that I copied onto a blank CD.
     
  14. satirev thread starter macrumors 6502

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    i no longer have the original, would purchasing a SL disc from the apple store be worth a shot?
     
  15. DesmoPilot macrumors 65816

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    Could easily be a bad burn.
     
  16. blueroom macrumors 603

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    Worth a shot yes.
     
  17. satirev thread starter macrumors 6502

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    well this is a bummer, i will update yall later
     
  18. bozz2006 macrumors 68030

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    It's most likely a bad burn. Better hoof it down to your local retailer and drop $29 on a fresh copy of SL.
     
  19. tamvly macrumors 6502a

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    Apple will have a copy of SL to use.

    Recommend you put the HD back in and let the Genius diagnose the problem. My guess is that you have either a bad SL DVD (less $) or a bad SuperDrive ($150 if Apple installs).

    When you get that sorted out I'd recommend you get an external disk enclosure, such as the one from OWC (http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/firewire/on-the-go) and install the SSD in that. Then do a clone of the hard disk (I use SuperDuper) to the SSD and then boot from the SSD to make sure it works. Then swap the devices from machine to enclosure.

    And you're done. Plus you have an external HD for backup, which you should have anyway.
     
  20. satirev thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Turns out that it was not a bad burn, but just a bad superdrive.

    I booted up my mbp in target disk mode, connected to a mac pro via firewire, formatted the SSD from the mac pro and then installed 10.6 from the mac pro superdrive (using the disc that my mbp wouldnt read)

    Took a good 3 hours but everything appears to be working fine now.
     
  21. riptideMBP macrumors 6502

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    sounds like time for an optibay :D
     
  22. bozz2006 macrumors 68030

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  23. satirev thread starter macrumors 6502

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    perhaps, i cant really see myself doing that unless i run out of space on this new drive. before i even thought about that id probably move all my music to the cloud first
     

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