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    Failing Hard Drive
    I have searched all over every forum, and it seems every post starts as a similar situation to mine but then resolves with an answer that cannot help me.

    My hard drive failed on my macbook unsurprisingly, so instead of paying close to $300 dollars to have it repaired, I am trying to fix it myself. I built my first PC with no problems what so ever, which is why I don't understand how a simple hard drive install is troubling me so much.

    My macbook is Sata, so I originally bought a SeaGate 2.5" Sata HD compatible w/ mac and upon installing I launched the computer from the OSX install disc and the computer could not locate the HD in the disc utility or system profiler.

    Thinking it may be the HD I exchanged it and now have a Western Digital Scorpio Blue Hard Drive.

    Specs include 320GB, 8MB|MO Cache and 5400RPM

    Mac Specs
    MacBook 4.1
    Intel Core 2 Duo
    2.4 GHz Processor Speed, 800Mhz Bus Speed

    I am running Leopard OS 10.5.2 on the install disc
    AHT version 3A143
    Disc Version 1.1

    I really am dumfounded as to why the disc utility can't pick up the hard drive as there is no way I incorrectly installed the hard drive, it simply plugs in. If there is another way to format the hard drive so my macbook can read it I also have a Macbook Pro, and a PC running XP SP2

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    Specs:
    13" Macbook Pro 2.26GHz 4GB 500GB, 16GB iPod Touch, Nano
    You need to format the HD so that OS X will recognize it.

    Follow these directions.



    I had the same problem when I replaced the factory 160GB HD with a WD 500GB hard drive on my new 13" Macbook Pro 1 month ago. Freaked me out a little bit til I figured it out.
    13" MacBook Pro 2.26GHz-- 4GB Ram 500GB Western Digital HD

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    so i need to format it using a different computer?? Because the hard drive won't show up in the disc utility so i can't format it?

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    13" Macbook Pro 2.26GHz 4GB 500GB, 16GB iPod Touch, Nano
    No, you can do it on the same computer.
    13" MacBook Pro 2.26GHz-- 4GB Ram 500GB Western Digital HD

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    So then how??? The hard drive will not show up in the disc utility. The instructions you posted require me clicking on the drive that i would like to erase/format. There is nothing there for me to click other then the CD Drive showing the OSX install disc in it.

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