Can't reinstall HDD or New SSD
I removed my HDD (Toshiba 80GB) the other day getting ready to install a new SSD and put it (the Tosh) back in until I was totally ready for the new install. Today, I removed the HDD again and tried to install my new Crucial M4 128GB SSD. It wouldn't go all the way in. And now the old HDD won't go back in either.
Peering into the drive bay with a flashlight, it looks like some kind of rubberized strip/gasket has been loosened and is preventing the drives from seating properly. I looked at the tear-down for the hard drive connector and this item I see doesn't appear to be that, but I guess it could be. If there is a shorter solution than going through the 18 steps to get to the connector, I'd sure like to know it. It just seems to me that if the connector is secured with two screws it shouldn't have come loose from just removing the drive.
Any suggestions? TIA
If you already had a look and there is something loose, it seems that stripping down your mac will be the way to go. Now, you do not need to go all the 18 steps. Why dont you try until step 12. That will take you to not having the upper case and granting you a much better view of what could be preventing the drives to slide into position. This will also allow you to assess if you need to go until step 18 or not.
Keep us posted.