13 Replies Latest reply: Aug 18, 2009 11:30 AM by ziggyzip73
ziggyzip73 Level 1 Level 1
I've tried 3 different internal hard-drives in my MacBook and it doesn't seem to be recognized. When I put the CDs that came with my MacBook and hold down the "C" button, there isn't a hard-drive to select. What I need to do is reformat my new internal hard-drive, but it doesn't see anything.

MacBook & MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
Solved by khassani on Aug 17, 2009 12:30 PM Solved
Just to clarify, you've opened Disk Utility (I meant to say that in my last post instead of "utilities") and don't see the drive there?
Reply by khassani on Aug 17, 2009 10:39 AM Helpful
Does the computer boot up with the system discs? If so, go to utilities from the menu, and format (erase) from there.
Reply by iyacyas on Aug 17, 2009 10:56 AM Helpful
I am sure that you did it properly but lets run through it again.

1. Macbook is powered down.

2. Insert the install dvd #1 into the slot loading drive as far as you can.

3. Power on the Macbook and immediately press and hold the "c -key" until the Macbook boots into the dvd and you get the screen to select language.

4. If it does not work then power off and try again, as it may not have recognized the dvd from the initial insertion.

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  • khassani Level 3 Level 3
    Does the computer boot up with the system discs? If so, go to utilities from the menu, and format (erase) from there.
  • ziggyzip73 Level 1 Level 1
    It does boot, but when I go to the menu I think you are referring to, so I can reformat, the drive isn't showing. I've switched out different drives and none seem to work.
  • ziggyzip73 Level 1 Level 1
    Should I try using an external HDD from a USB and see if that is recognized?
  • iyacyas Level 4 Level 4
    I am sure that you did it properly but lets run through it again.

    1. Macbook is powered down.

    2. Insert the install dvd #1 into the slot loading drive as far as you can.

    3. Power on the Macbook and immediately press and hold the "c -key" until the Macbook boots into the dvd and you get the screen to select language.

    4. If it does not work then power off and try again, as it may not have recognized the dvd from the initial insertion.
  • ziggyzip73 Level 1 Level 1
    Thank you for being so patient with me. I've done 1-4, chose the language, the CD seems to be working fine. But it acts as if there is not a HDD installed.
  • iyacyas Level 4 Level 4
    Booting from a USB drive will not necessarily help getting the drive installed. If you have a USB or fireiwre encloser to put the new drive in...well then that may be beneficial.

    You can take the new drive out of the Macbook and put in into the enclosure, then boot form the USB drive that you have with OSX, or boot from the installer DVD.

    Either of these methods will alow you to (hopefully) see the new disk that is in the enclosure and you can properly format it with OSX Extended (Journaled) using GUID Partition table.
  • khassani Level 3 Level 3
    Just to clarify, you've opened Disk Utility (I meant to say that in my last post instead of "utilities") and don't see the drive there?
  • etresoft Level 7 Level 7
    You have to go to the Tools menu in the installer and select Disk Utility. Then partition the disk for booting (single partition, options GUID).
  • kklare Level 1 Level 1
    Is it possible that you inserted the disk with the plastic retraction tab covering the electrical pins?
    I have seen someone here say it happened to them. I would explain why it is not found.
    So please remove the drive (again) and be sure that the plastic feeds correctly.
    -Ken
  • ziggyzip73 Level 1 Level 1
    Not sure if I did this. I will try it tonight and comment tomorrow. Thank you for you help, we'll keep our fingers crossed.
  • ziggyzip73 Level 1 Level 1
    It's possible I did this. I will try it tonight. I hope you are correct, even though I'd feel really dumb, but my problems would be solved. I'll post my success or failure tomorrow. I guess my question now is, if it is not the HDD, then what else could it be?
  • ziggyzip73 Level 1 Level 1
    All is well! Loaded fine. I'm obviously a newbe and didn't install the harddrive correctly. I know, go ahead and laugh. On my iphone I watched the following 1min. video and discovered how much more I need to learn.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2CxSAVwFqE

    Thank you everyone for your assistance. This was my first time in this forum and I'm sure I'll have more dumb questions to follow.

    If anyone has a book to recommend, so I can learn more, I'd be very grateful for a recommendation.
  • ziggyzip73 Level 1 Level 1
    See previous post.

    THANK YOU ALL!!!!!