2009 MacBook Pro not booting

tob_ewalker

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Hello,
I have a 2009 Macbook Pro 13" 2.13GHz Intel Duo laptop, and, well, it's buggered. When I got it, it didn't have a hard drive in, so I have put in a working one I had lying about, formatted with the exFAT format. I put the HDD in the macbook, plug it in (think the battery is shot) and the HDD spins up for a second or two, then immediately cuts out.
Wondered if anyone can shed some light on the matter, or is it just a tip job?
Thank you
 

margoklein007

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Is the HDD you installed reformatted? Has it ever had an O/S installed on it? If there is no boot record, then it will not "start up". If you have a Mac OS install disk, you can put that in the Superdrive or CD/DVD drive if one is in the MacBook. OS/X should boot from the CD drive if it does not find an operating system on the hard drive. Then you should be able to install OS/X.

Other options may be, install an O/S on that HDD in a similar Mac, use a flash drive as an emergency boot drive....

Here's some links for further details:
http://www.macworld.co.uk/how-to/mac-software/create-mac-flash-recovery-drive-for-emergencies-3499802/
https://support.apple.com/en-il/HT201255

Good luck.
 

tsnor

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Umm, did you install the Operating system on the hard drive ? You need to do something like this if you put in a clean drive. It installs the apple operating system.

http://www.macworld.co.uk/how-to/mac/restore-mac-without-recovery-partition-3636668/
 

tob_ewalker

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Plan was to install the OS from the disc onto the HDD. Should still get a screen up though, surely. I've put a formatted HDD in ready to install OS, but it doesn't even let me open the disc drive.
 

margoklein007

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Is the HDD you installed reformatted? Has it ever had an O/S installed on it? If there is no boot record, then it will not "start up". If you have a Mac OS install disk, you can put that in the Superdrive or CD/DVD drive if one is in the MacBook. OS/X should boot from the CD drive if it does not find an operating system on the hard drive. Then you should be able to install OS/X.

Other options may be, install an O/S on that HDD in a similar Mac, use a flash drive as an emergency boot drive....

Here's some links for further details:
http://www.macworld.co.uk/how-to/mac-software/create-mac-flash-recovery-drive-for-emergencies-3499802/
https://support.apple.com/en-il/HT201255

Good luck.
 
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