7 Replies Latest reply: Apr 30, 2013 9:24 PM by mnbinth
mnbinth Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

My MBP late 2008 edition crashed and won't boot. I get a grey sceen with a bar showing it's doing something but then crashes again. I've gone through to step 5 here. https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4918569?start=0&tstart=0

The disk repair failed so I assume I just nee a new hard drive.

 

I did a Time Machine backup to an external drive just yesterday and have a new hard drive. How do I restore everything to my new hard drive?


MacBook Pro (15-inch Late 2008), Mac OS X (10.7.4)
  • 1. Re: Corrupt Drive
    Eric Ross Level 6 Level 6 (11,660 points)

    Take a look at this link, http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1427

  • 2. Re: Corrupt Drive
    mnbinth Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have installed the new blank hard drive. Now I am attempting to restore from a Time Machine backup and it says "The files can't be restored." I can move the mouse but it's been the spinny colorful ball for 10 minuters now. Do I need to put an operating system on the new drive first?

     

    I guess I was under the impression that Time Machine backups are a mirror image of the hard drive.

  • 3. Re: Corrupt Drive
    mnbinth Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Now when I try to enter recovery, I get a folder with a question mark on it flashing on the screen.

  • 4. Re: Corrupt Drive
    Eric Ross Level 6 Level 6 (11,660 points)

    Make sure your drive partitioned as GUID, then erase the hard drive and make sure you select Mac OS Extended Journaled) then give it a try.

  • 5. Re: Corrupt Drive
    Eric Ross Level 6 Level 6 (11,660 points)

    Make sure you system is connected to the internet, it make take a few minutes using wifi, take a look at this link, http://support.apple.com/kb/ht4718

  • 6. Re: Corrupt Drive
    Vinmar Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)

    Can you boot to the time machine disk connected to your MacBook Pro (press command + option + shift + delete at startup) or alternatively from a Mac OS X installation CD (press above key combination or press and hold C at startup)? 

     

    Once there use Disk Utility to format your new HDD as Eric Ross indicates and then try to restore your time machine backup.  If you're unable to restore time machine, I'd proceed with installing a fresh Mac OS X from system CD and try restoring the time machine backup after you're able to start up from your new internal drive.

     

    I haven't used any of the built in recovery options in Mountain Lion so can't advise on their use.

     

    Good luck!

  • 7. Re: Corrupt Drive
    mnbinth Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have a late 2008 model so it doesn't appear I can do an internet recovery.

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4904#