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First you should put the SATA I jumper across pins 5-6 to make sure you're not having a SATA I/O speed problem [http://wdc.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1461/p/227%2C194/session/L3RpbWUvMTM4MDE1ODUyNi9zaWQvUE5DZ2RmQmw%3D|WD - SATA II hard drives & compatibility with SATA I controllers].
 
If that fails - Do you have access to an external HD case to slide the drive into so you can test it? If not you could also try using the [product|IF107-108|Universal Drive Adapter] from IFIXIT (or other source). If it works then you know the cable or the caddy is likely bad. To verify the cable is OK put the optical drive back in and see if you can load up a cd or something. If it works then it's the caddy.
 
I would also make sure the EFI firmware is untoupto date [http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1237|EFI & SMC firmware updates for Intel-based Macs].
I would also make sure the EFI firmware is untoupto date [http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1237|EFI & SMC firmware updates for Intel-based Macs].

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Edit by: Dan ,

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First you should put the SATA I jumper across pins 5-6 to make sure you're not having a SATA I/O speed problem [http://wdc.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1461/p/227%2C194/session/L3RpbWUvMTM4MDE1ODUyNi9zaWQvUE5DZ2RmQmw%3D|WD - SATA II hard drives & compatibility with SATA I controllers].
 
If that fails - Do you have access to an external HD case to slide the drive into so you can test it? If not you could also try using the [product|IF107-108|Universal Drive Adapter] from IFIXIT (or other source). If it works then you know the cable or the caddy is likely bad. To verify the cable is OK put the optical drive back in and see if you can load up a cd or something. If it works then it's the caddy.
 
I would also make sure the EFI firmware is unto date [http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1237|EFI & SMC firmware updates for Intel-based Macs].

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Original post by: Dan ,

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First you should put the SATA I jumper across pins 5-6 to make sure you're not having a SATA I/O speed problem [http://wdc.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1461/p/227%2C194/session/L3RpbWUvMTM4MDE1ODUyNi9zaWQvUE5DZ2RmQmw%3D|WD - SATA II hard drives & compatibility with SATA I controllers].

If that fails - Do you have access to an external HD case to slide the drive into so you can test it? If not you could also try using the [product|IF107-108|Universal Drive Adapter] from IFIXIT (or other source). If it works then you know the cable or the caddy is likely bad. To verify the cable is OK put the optical drive back in and see if you can load up a cd or something. If it works then it's the caddy.

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