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    Grey screen w/ a question mark?

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    Grey screen w/ a question mark?
    I was told by Apple that may harddrive would soon be giving out in a month or so & they quoted me at $160.. I fixed my other Macbook but wanted to have my other as a back up cuz I'm a dj so I changed the hard drive & now I get a grey or white screen with a question mark when I try booting up..How do I fix this? I run a 13" 2009 unibody w/ Mountain Lion 1.8.2 (I bought from iTunes) but have no discs that came with it works perfectly fine w/ the old original hard drive but has the question mark when installing the new one.. the new one is compatable w/ my laptop its actually an upgrade from the previous.. Please help with any info available, thanks

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    Grey screen w/ a question mark?
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    You need to install the operating system on the new drive.

    Redownload 10.8, create a flash boot disk - easy way is Lion DiskMaker. There are plenty of tutorials via google for installing to a new drive.

    Or you connect the old drive externally and boot to it, grab SuperDuper or Carboncopycloner and clone the old drive to the new internal drive.
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    Grey screen w/ a question mark?

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    thank you I will try that now.. I appreciate it
    Quote Originally Posted by bobtomay View Post
    You need to install the operating system on the new drive.

    Redownload 10.8, create a flash boot disk - easy way is Lion DiskMaker. There are plenty of tutorials via google.

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    Grey screen w/ a question mark?

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    when I install the new hard drive in there are there any buttons I need to hold down? because usually it was either the question mark or a blank screen
    Quote Originally Posted by bobtomay View Post
    You need to install the operating system on the new drive.

    Redownload 10.8, create a flash boot disk - easy way is Lion DiskMaker. There are plenty of tutorials via google for installing to a new drive.

    Or you connect the old drive externally and boot to it, grab SuperDuper or Carboncopycloner and clone the old drive to the new internal drive.

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    Grey screen w/ a question mark?

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    Thanks!!
    it worked I appreciate it!!
    Quote Originally Posted by bobtomay View Post
    You need to install the operating system on the new drive.

    Redownload 10.8, create a flash boot disk - easy way is Lion DiskMaker. There are plenty of tutorials via google for installing to a new drive.

    Or you connect the old drive externally and boot to it, grab SuperDuper or Carboncopycloner and clone the old drive to the new internal drive.

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