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Forum: General 11-16-2009, 02:40 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 9,480
Posted By kahmedsid
Final Update

I did get a laptop replacement and after putting in the Hitachi Travelstar 320GB 7200RPM drive in it, the same behavior was observed. I have concluded that the problem is with the drive when placed...
Forum: General 11-13-2009, 08:39 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 9,480
Posted By kahmedsid
No

The drive when placed inside the computer acts weird in many ways:
- does not let disk utility erase/partition it (hangs and sometimes errors)
- does not let the OS-X installer install to it (hangs...
Forum: General 11-13-2009, 11:09 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 9,480
Posted By kahmedsid
Yep

I can't agree with you more, Dave. This is exactly why we're pretty :confused:

I think I am going to get the laptop replaced and if the drive fails on the new one too, we'll probably blame the...
Forum: General 11-12-2009, 10:11 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 9,480
Posted By kahmedsid
Update

Wanted to provide an update:

Today was spent doing several things involving re-format, re-partition, re-install, re-clone, etc. and everything led to the same conclusion; the drive boots only when...
Forum: General 11-12-2009, 11:31 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 9,480
Posted By kahmedsid
Something's not adding up ...

Since last night, I've re-formatted the drive writing zeros to every possible bit (took over 3 hours). This morning, I tried installing using the Snow Leopard CD, it recognized the drive as healthy...
Forum: General 11-11-2009, 07:24 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 9,480
Posted By kahmedsid
That failed ...

Oh well, the attempt to install OS-X failed shortly after my last update, saying not possible to install OS-X, please contact provider or try again. Arghhh ...

I'll try running repair,...
Forum: General 11-11-2009, 07:16 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 9,480
Posted By kahmedsid
Re-installing OS X

I booted off of the OSX CD and selected to re-install on the same drive. It is working on it now with 42 minutes remaining. I'll update later.
Forum: General 11-11-2009, 06:32 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 9,480
Posted By kahmedsid
Question To the best of my knowledge, yes

I used the Disk Utility to partition the drive and from Options made sure I selected GUID (the last one was selected by default, forget the name but it was for windows and dos type os's).

Should I...
Forum: General 11-11-2009, 06:21 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 9,480
Posted By kahmedsid
Unhappy It's probably been 5-10 minutes

Yeah, I was surprised to see the additional bar indicator too but it went away both the times I tried safe mode at the exact same time (1/4th of the way). I haven't turned off on the 2nd attempt and...
Forum: General 11-11-2009, 06:15 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 9,480
Posted By kahmedsid
Unhappy Trying Safe Boot

Turned off, pressed the start button and immediately held down the SHIFT button until I saw the apple logo, the spinning progress indicator and an additional bar type progress indicator just...
Forum: General 11-11-2009, 05:51 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 9,480
Posted By kahmedsid
Absolutely Certain

The first time I did it, I didn't even remember to boot with the drive still in the USB enclosure. Next time, I was like I am not going through the hassle of opening up the system, replacing drives,...
Forum: General 11-11-2009, 05:06 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 9,480
Posted By kahmedsid
Question Backup successful - unable to boot

On a brand new mid-2009 15" MBP, installed Snow Leopard and applied all updates as of last night (11/10/09). This morning, connected an external drive in enclosure via USB and performed a full...
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