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    May 29, 2011
    Will an ata hard drive work in my macbook?
    I have a 13" macbook that I am having issues with. First the cd drive stopped. just ejects the disk out and won't read. I also recently crashed my HD. I have a sata (from my understanding) in the macbook. I have an ata in my possession. Will the HD work and if so how can I load my op back with the cd drive not working?

    2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    4 GB 667 MHz DDR@ SDRAM

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    Sep 29, 2010
    No an PATA drive will not work (I am guessing you mean PATA). You need SATA.

    You can restore an external HDD or thumb drive from your install DVD and use that to install OSX on a new hard drive.

    Yes that is a grizzlycorn

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    harryb2448's Avatar
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    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    ATA is PATA by its original name, and it still will not work.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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