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new hard drive isn't recognized

299 Views 3 Replies Latest reply: Jan 2, 2013 7:32 PM by Kappy RSS
Jen2525 Calculating status...
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Jan 2, 2013 7:10 PM

I dropped my Macbook (2006 13" 10.4 )  and yes, as per Springboard Media, they said the hard drive needed to be replaced.  I went to get one, I purchased a WD Blue Notebook hard drive 500GB Sata.  I am not an expert, I am literally going on everything from what people are telling me.  I tried to research this topic so many times now...


The hard drive was installed the right way, I can hear it processing and working.  I think it's being read in the disk utility, but the DU will not let me partition it and it seems as it is not recognized.  But it does show "3.6 TB WDC WD5000BPVT-00HXZTC Media" in the disk description.  Where do I go from here?


Please help me!

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.4.6), New Hard Drive- not recognized.
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,080 points)
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    Jan 2, 2013 7:16 PM (in response to Jen2525)

    Return the drive to wherever it was purchased. Get a non-Blue, non-Green regular old hard drive. The interface speed can not be greater than 3.0 Gb/s althouigh 1.5 Gb/s is more closely matched to what the computer interface supports. Try OWC for suitable drives and installation tutorials. Stick to SATA I or SATA II drives.

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,080 points)
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    Jan 2, 2013 7:32 PM (in response to Jen2525)

    I can't answer that, but most likely because they don't know much about Macs, especially those as old aa yours.


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