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    Oct 20, 2011
    Hard Drive Died; Trouble installing new hard drive

    My hard drive suddenly died a few days ago. I was unable to boot using the OSx installation CD. As a result, I had to order a new drive.

    I ordered an SSD and received it today. I've inserted the SSD into my macbook pro. However, I want to make sure that I understand all the necessary steps before proceeding.

    I've installed the new SSD, now what? Prior to the HDD failure, I backed up most of my data to the cloud (I do it weekly). Also, I had Mountain Lion installed; however, I only have the Snow Leopard cd that came with the mac.
    I've inserted that in but I'm not sure how to go about utilizing it.
    I'm kindly requesting a walk-through of the process.
    I have a mid-2009 macbook pro. Please, please, please assist!

    p.s. please let me know if my question needs to be posted on a different forum.


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    pigoo3's Avatar
    Member Since
    May 20, 2008
    2011 13" MBP 2.3ghz, 8gig ram, OS 10.7.5
    Check for the install procedure (double check install steps):

    - iFixit: The free repair manual

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    harryb2448's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    iMac i5 2.7GHz, 16GB memory, OS 10.11
    Suggest you install Snow Leopard, boot from the disc, into Utilities and format Mac OS Extended (Journalled) into Partition and select GUID under Options, back to Installer and run then update to OS X.6.8 and go into the App Store, hold down Option and click on Purchases. When Lion shows up select and proceed to a f.o.c. download. As a suggestion use LionDiskMaker to make a bootable USB thumb drive if this happens again.
    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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