09-17-2012 08:30 AM
I was hoping someone could help me answer this because I feel lost. I recently purchased the 480gb SSD for my Macbook Pro and was able to easily physically install it. It worked fine the first day and left my computer on over night. When I woke up the next day the screen was white so I restarted the computer and when it booted up it gave me a white screen with a flashing folder and question mark.
When I start it up holding option to try and reinstall Lion, it won't display the hard drive for me. Do you know what could be the cause of this? I am going to try the firmware upgrade tonight when I get home but not sure if that is the proble. Thanks in advance guys.
09-17-2012 01:15 PM
By the firmware update tool, you mean the ISO file I am supposed to burn to a dvd and then run? Am I supposed to run that while I have my original hard drive installed and then once it is installed I can put in the new ssd? Thanks again in advance for my newb questions.
09-18-2012 06:17 AM
Heres an update. I went to the apple store last night and bought an adaptor for hard drives that run through the fire wire...when I plug the ssd in there, i can run it without a hitch. The problem is when I connect it internally with the SATA cable. The original hard drive still works internally. I also was able to upgrade the firmware for the 480gb ssd. Any ideas? Thanks again in advance guys. It is much appreciated!
09-18-2012 08:58 AM
If I put the SSD back in where? If i plug it in to the SATA cable inside the computer it won't load. When I run it through the firewire adaptor then it does load and it does show up in disk utility.
09-18-2012 10:34 AM
If it works as an external I'm taking a wild guess that there's something up with the partition table. If anything isn't right with this, the drive won't boot.
I was saying to put the SSD back in the machine, boot off the lion install disk or whatever came with the computer, and access disk utility through this. Do not try to boot off the actual ssd. If disk utility sees the drive, format and try to set it up again with a GUID partition table and then follow with a fresh OS install.
09-18-2012 11:38 AM
Cruzmisl, I apologize in advance for my naivity. So putting it back in the machine is easy enough. My question is how do I boot off the lion install disk? Or should I put the original hard drive on the adaptor and boot it off of that and then go into disk utility to see if it recognizes the ssd.
Secondly, How would I set up a GUID partition table? and once that is done I assume just start it up again hitting the option key and reinstalling it that way on the ssd?
Thanks again and I respectfully await your response.
09-18-2012 03:29 PM - edited 09-18-2012 03:40 PM
EDIT: OK, I forgot that you had Lion and you didn't get a support disc, just a recovery partition on your stock HDD.
I would create a recovery disk on a thumb drive and use it to install onto the new SSD. This is kind of how I installed Mountain Lion onto my 240GB extreme 2 weeks ago.
After getting that setup, use it to boot and then go to disk utility and format and redo the drive with these directions:
Regarding the GUID partition table: From http://support.apple.com/kb/TS1600
Follow these steps: