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Hello everyone I am new here and like this forum a lot, read a few of the threads and rather impressed.

I do not as a rule work on Apple products however a good friend has an A1181 notebook that the hard drive died on.
I opened the laptop and pulled the hard drive out and put in a brand new WD Black drive.
When I go to install the OS it is not detecting the drive, to be certain I took the drive out and bench tested it and it passed.
There is a SATA connector that goes from the drive to the main board, is it worth buying one or do you think the controller on the mainboard is shot?

I plugged in a 32GB USB flash drive and was able to install the OS to it and the notebook is functioning normally.

Any advise from Mac gurus would be appreciated.
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I think the cable is worth a shot if you can get them inexpensively off ebay

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I think the cable is worth a shot if you can get them inexpensively off ebay
Replaced the cable with a working one I got, nothing changed the system still does not see the drive. Any ideas? How do you go into the bios with a Mac?
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Replaced the cable with a working one I got, nothing changed the system still does not see the drive. Any ideas? How do you go into the bios with a Mac?
Macintosh computers don't have "BIOS".

As far as the original question/issue...with the replacement HD not being recognized...was the new HD formatted to be used on a Mac? Mac's need the HD formatted differently from Windows computers.

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Macintosh computers don't have "BIOS".

As far as the original question/issue...with the replacement HD not being recognized...was the new HD formatted to be used on a Mac? Mac's need the HD formatted differently from Windows computers.

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Can I use Hirens to format it? What file system do I format it to?
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So how does one format a brand new hard drive to be installed on a Mac? Is it not like windows where it formats the new drive when you go to install the OS? I looked up instructions on OS-X installations and it says nothing about pre-formating the hard drive.
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Nevermind DUH!!!! I never noticed the bar on top at boot. I got it figured out. Thanks for the replies guys.
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Nevermind DUH!!!! I never noticed the bar on top at boot. I got it figured out. Thanks for the replies guys.
Yes...that top menu bar when you boot from an OS install disk can be a little troublesome. Great to hear you figured it out!

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