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New Hard Drive is not recognized internally

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Oct 13, 2012 11:07 PM

My friend wanted me to upgrade his hard drive to 1TB. I managed to install Lion on the new hard drive, and transfer his old files. The new HD is recognized fine on my Sata to USB cable, but when I move it to the internal SATA connector I keep getting the blinking file and question mark. What is causing it to recognize it externally but not internally and how do I fix it?

 

 

Thanks!

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.4.5)
  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (48,110 points)
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    Oct 14, 2012 2:22 PM (in response to RFJ3200)

    Hold down the Option key as you start up. An All-in-ROM routine called the Startup Manager will draw an icon for each potentially-bootable volume it finds. If the new install is found, select it and proceed. When MacOS X comes up, use

     

    System Preferences > Startup Disk ...

     

    ... to set the Startup Disk again.

    Mac Pro (Early 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.8), & Server, PPC, & AppleTalk Printers
  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (48,110 points)
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    Oct 14, 2012 3:29 PM (in response to RFJ3200)

    MacOS X does not have  default Startup disk after you reset NVRAM until you manage to specify one.

     

    Nothing should preclude you from using Startup Manager. It is all in ROM. Nothing needs to be loaded from anywhere. It should work with no drives present (it is useless that way, but it still does its job).

     

    If you are not getting the Starup Manger, you Mac has a very fundamental problem.

     

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    If Startup Manager is working, but you are not seeing that disk in Startup Manager, the drive or the image on it has some problems. Sometimes a Disk Utility ( Repair Disk ) will set them straight. You can do that from Recovery_HD.

    Mac Pro (Early 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.8), & Server, PPC, & AppleTalk Printers

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