3 Replies Latest reply: Aug 26, 2013 10:07 AM by OGELTHORPE
92_Wvdb Level 1 (0 points)

Hello, I have a macbook pro.

It dates back to 2010.


At the start of this summer my harddrive started too make dying noises. (source: right down corner of the laptop) Cracking and buzzing.. It is broken.

I let the poor thing sleep in the closet until I came back from holiday and decided to replace the Harddrive with an upgrade: an SSD.


To be specific, this is what's on the back:



840 Series


SATA 6Gb/s compatible with 3Gb/s

3-core MDX Controller

Toggle DDR 2.0 NAND Flash Memory

LPDDR2 SDRAM Cache Memory

AES 256-bit Encryption

Magician Software

Data Migration Software


!!! might be an important detail: I don't care about data migration, because i put all i needed in backups on an external drive ( not with time machine ).


Here's what I did:


I replaced my old drive with an SSD, following 5 youtube videos. And it all seemed very easy.  ( Open, plug out, plug in, close. )

I let an apple employee put mountain lion on an new bought USB stick for me.

I insert the USB into my laptop which now has an SSD

I start up the laptop holding down the "alt" key.


Here´s what happens:


Selecting the USB during the startup brings me to a grey screen, which contains:


A flashing apple logo

A flashing icon of a map with a question mark covering the icon

A flashing close icon ( it looks like this Ø )

This flashing of icon and logo's takes a random order and doesn't make any sense to me whatsoever.


Any information is welcome, because right now I'm using a PC and I don't like it.


Regards, Wessel

MacBook Pro (13-inch Mid 2010)
  • 92_Wvdb Level 1 (0 points)

    note: holding down C or D doesn't do anything.

  • LowLuster Level 6 (12,060 points)

    You'll have to use your original system discs that came with your Mac, install that OS (Probably Snow Leopard) Update SL to 10.6.8 from Software Updates then go to the Mac App Store and upgrade back to Mountain Lion.


    Start the system and insert your original OS X reinstall DVD. Reboot the system and hold down the Option/Alt key to get the one time boot selection screen. Select the DVD drive and disc inserted into it. Go through the initial setup questions, Language and whatnot, then select the Utilities menu item and Disk Utility from that list. Partition the drive as one partition with a partition table of GUID, Name the partition Macintosh HD and the format should be Mac Extended (Journaled). Click the Apply button.


    Once that is done continue with the SL install and updating.

  • OGELTHORPE Level 8 (42,750 points)

    Get your original Snow leopard install disk out and install Snow leopard on your MBP with the new SSD.  Then do a software update so that you have 10.6.8 installed.  Go to the App Store and then download Mt Lion. Then transfer your user data to the SSD.