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  1. #1

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    Oct 14, 2013
    Problem Installing OS On New Hard Drive
    Hi Guys

    I have replaced the hard drive on my Macbook Pro, i partitioned the drive and went to install Lion 10.7, it was going well and downloading additions bits for install, it was going to take a while to so i left it be. I had a power cut and the laptop died before the install finished, when i powered it back up it ejected the cd. Now i can't get to reinstall OS, every time i put a cd in it just throws it back out. It is a new Macbook for i doubt the optical drive has gone.

    Anyone have any knowledge on this?

  2. #2

    harryb2448's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    iMac, i7 4GHz, 32GB memory, 1TB Blade Drive, OS X.13.4
    G'day and welcome to the forums.

    What CD as Lion was not released on a CD or DVD? If you downloaded Lion from the App Store, boot into Recovery, check out the hard drive, and download again f.o.c. For what it is worth the optical drive could have indeed failed if a spike/brown out occurred.
    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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    chscag's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 23, 2008
    Keller, Texas
    2017 27" iMac, 10.5" iPad Pro, iPhone 6s+, iPhone 7+, Numerous iPods, High Sierra
    As Harry pointed out, Lion (nor Mountain Lion) is available on disk. If you have Lion on disk, it's either one you made from the App Store download, or an illegal copy. A bootable DVD can be made from the Mac App store download. Mountain Lion requires an 8 GB flash drive as it's a larger download.

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    Member Since
    Oct 14, 2013
    Hi guys thats for the help, i got it sorted, the drive ended up kicking in and i managed to get a cleaning disc on it, it seems to have done the trick

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