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CAN'T Replace Hard Drive DOES NOT READ it! HELP!

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1TB 5400 RPM Toshiba SATA Hard Drive (new)

I read it was compatible with my macbook so I went

for it - when I try to change it - twice it didn't read it

at all.

My brother had a similar problem with its macbook pro

when it came to hard drive of 1TB.

Now I wonder is there any chance I can still use this hard drive internal or should I give up get a case and use it as external!?

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Your have given very generic information about your machine and HD. Your machine has (can only use) Serial ATA (1.5 Gb/s). If the new drive is SATA II/III (3 to 6GB/s) it wont work. SOME drives can be manually set to SATA I - some can not.

Some external cases can automagically match USB speed - so that may work.

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Hi @machead3,tnx for your answer.

So here my HD Serial ATA from 160GB or 250GB to 5400 giri/min

(its italian I don't how to translate it to you in english).

About my New HD I think its a SATA2 (TOSHIBA MQ01ABD100)

how do I understand if I can manually set it to SATA1? and if I

can how do I do it?


Generally SATA II can drop back one version without problems - the manufacturers site should have information/instructions about this. Contact their support department.


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