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Current version by: oldturkey03 (vote details) ,

Title:

I bought a new hard drive for my MacBook Pro (2009)

Text:

I installed a new hard drive in my 2009 Macbook Pro 15.  The previous one moved to an external enclosure.  I do not own any installation discs for this laptop, yet I somehow need to get an operating system loaded.  When I turn on the machine, it displays a white screen with a light-grey folder bearing a question mark, flashing.  I have tried holding down keys to enter Disk Utility or Safe Mode, to no avail.  Holding ‘option’ does remove the folder icon, and produce a cursor for the trackpad, yet no more than that.  How do I get an OS on this hard drive?

Device:

Mac OS X

Status:

open

Accepted Answer:

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Original post by: Charlie Chainz ,

Title:

I bought a new hard drive for my MacBook Pro (2009)

Text:

I installed a new hard drive in my 2009 Macbook Pro 15.  The previous one moved to an external enclosure.  I do not own any installation discs for this laptop, yet I somehow need to get an operating system loaded.  When I turn on the machine, it displays a white screen with a light-grey folder bearing a question mark, flashing.  I have tried holding down keys to enter Disk Utility or Safe Mode, to no avail.  Holding ‘option’ does remove the folder icon, and produce a cursor for the trackpad, yet no more than that.  How do I get an OS on this hard drive?

Device:

Mac OS X

Status:

open