Tried replacing my 2007 MBP hard drive...

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  1. messgirl macrumors newbie

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    Key word here is try. Long story short, I sold my MBP to my bro-in-law, completely reformatted the hard drive and gave it to him. He tells me the next day that the screen is white and nothing happens. I take it to Apple, I have no warranty, they say $250 to fix it. I say screw that, I'll do it myself for an $85 hard drive. I got a Seagate 250GB. I did everything that extremetech's step by step showed, and went to power up, but the monitor does not come on. The fan starts up, and the power light just blinks repeatedly at me. Did I just create a 10 pound paper weight, or can my MBP be saved?
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    This may be a silly question, but did you install OS X on the new drive?

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  3. messgirl thread starter macrumors newbie

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    No, I was told you can't install it until you erase it and format it from the utilities menu when it starts up. But the monitor won't even show the white screen.
     
  4. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    You need to boot from the install DVD that came with the computer OR a retail version of OS X
    Insert the disk and reboot holding the C key

    From there, you will run Disk Utility to erase the drive and select Mac OS Extended (Journaled) to format the drive

    Then you will install OS X from the same install DVD

    At that point then you can reboot from the HDD into OS X

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  6. messgirl thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It is that rapid blinking that was described in the article link, so I popped open the ram and tried pushing it in further, but it didn't work.
     
  7. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    You will not be able to boot from your HDD until you install OS X on it

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  8. messgirl thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The reboot disc is in the drive and I am holding down "c" when I turn it on. The disc drive spins like it's working, but my screen is still black and the light is still blinking.
     
  9. messgirl thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Got it! I had the RAM in the bottom slot, instead of the top slot! Learned my lesson. installing the OS now. Thanks for everyone's help!
     
  10. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Excellent!
    Glad you got it resolved!

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