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So i have a late 2009 macbook pro that had the old harddrive appear to fail. I bought a new harddrive but when i try to partition it I get a P01SX error: Cannot Allocate Memory. Ive tried using diskutil in Terminal but with no luck, I still get the same error. Ive heard that The wire ribbon that connects the harddrive to the board can fail. Any idea where I find one of these? I am not near an apple Store, nearest is 2+ hours away and I dont drive. Any ideas?

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Just an afterthought is the data cable mac specific?
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The SATA data cable likely has nothing to do with that error. How about telling us what kind of hard drive you purchased? Also, some more info about your MBP would help - like which version of OS X you're running and how much system memory you have.
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I'm running snow leopard with a a 640 gb Samsung harddrive. I'm willing to bet is the cable because when I use the hard drive though a USB (externally) Im am able to partition and install snow leopard and boot from it. However if the drive is installed interanaly it I cannot do anything, even boot the computer from the harddrive.
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OK, that does point to a defective SATA cable. The error it first gave you though is a bit misleading almost like the system could not allocate memory to format the drive. Anyway, go ahead and try a new cable. I believe you can find one at iFixit: The free repair manual or at Mac Repair - Mac Parts and Service for Apple Macbook, iPhone, iPad. Be careful installing the new cable especially with pressing the ribbon connector on to the logic board.
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Im going to try and hopefully it works. Is there really a difference between the 13" and 15.4" macbook data cables? Only I can think of would be a difference in length?
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I'm not sure if there is a difference, but I would get the one specifically for your machine unless the cable part numbers are the same.
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Ok thanks for the help. I'll update when I install the new cable
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