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    question about a new HD in a mac book

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    question about a new HD in a mac book
    I recently put in a new HD in my MacBook (bought from a friend, who doesn't have the recover disks). The CD drive isn't working..it seems like something is in there, but I've tried EVERYTHING to get it out, including all of the startup keyboard shortcuts and the like...

    So I've been using a Sony external DVD drive with a Leopard disk from another friend who has a MacBook..and I was able to get to the Installer page (I'm doing a fresh install). I believe a I did the Formatting (or erase) correctly...

    I may have done something wrong. For the firmware update, it suggested that I could put in a password to protect it from someone else trying to update the drive (is that right?)...Anyway, I did that and now, all I'm getting is the gray/white screen everytime. If I press the option key at startup, the lock icon comes on, I put in the password, and it sounds like something is spinning in the drive, but I'm certain nothing is in there.

    Every keyboard shortcut during start up that I use, leads to nothing but a blank screen.

    Do I need to get another HD and start over?

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    question about a new HD in a mac book
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    I don't think there is anything wrong with the HDD? I think you are stuck on that screen because it's trying to read the disk that is in your CD drive. You really should go to the apple store and have them look at your MB. I would put back the original HDD though.

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    question about a new HD in a mac book

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    the original HD is garbage (which is probably why he wanted to get rid of it). I would have had to replace it anyway.

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    question about a new HD in a mac book

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    You can still put the Original in, and take it down there and play stupid, and tell them what is going on. if you say you put a new HDD in there, they very well could not help you because of it.

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    question about a new HD in a mac book
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    Quote Originally Posted by illchild View Post
    the original HD is garbage (which is probably why he wanted to get rid of it). I would have had to replace it anyway.
    I didn't say not to upgrade your HDD. >_>"

    Quote Originally Posted by JGruber View Post
    You can still put the Original in, and take it down there and play stupid, and tell them what is going on. if you say you put a new HDD in there, they very well could not help you because of it.
    I LOLed at this because I was trying to be subtle about this.

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    question about a new HD in a mac book

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrimsonRequiem View Post
    I didn't say not to upgrade your HDD. >_>"



    I LOLed at this because I was trying to be subtle about this.
    LOL.. I only said it cause that is what I would do. I'm not gonna go and tell them I opened it up and played with it... they will shoot you down so fast!

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