flashing folder after ssd upgrade and ribbon cable replacement
My macbook pro was having kernel panic issues that wouldn't go away after disk repair and verification so I backed everything up, restarted in recovery mode, erased everything and was going to reinstall the operating system when things got a little hairy. I followed these steps attempting to do the erase and reinstall:
- Before you begin, you need to be connected to the Internet.
- Choose Apple menu > Restart, and then hold down the Command (⌘) and R keys while the computer restarts.
- Select “Disk Utility,” and then click Continue.
- Select your startup disk from the list on the left, and then click the Erase tab.
- From the Format pop-up menu, select Mac OS Extended (Journaled), type a name for your disk, and then click Erase.
- After the disk has been erased, choose Disk Utility > Quit Disk Utility.
- If you’re not connected to the Internet, choose a network from the Wi-Fi menu in the right corner of the menu bar (in the top-right corner of the screen).
- Select Reinstall Mac OS X, click Continue, and then follow the instructions.
After I clicked reinstall Mac OS X it asked me to choose between the disk I had erased and renamed and another named Recovery HD, I chose the disk I renamed per the erase directions and clicked continue but nothing happened. I thought it was just going slow and figured it was going to take awhile so I left my computer plugged in and on and set it on my coffee table to monitor it while watching a movie.
Nothing happened for the duration of the movie so I made the stupid decision to try and restart it and attempt the steps again only this time a flashing question mark folder came up and command R did nothing after numerous attempts. I tried to plug in my external HD but it was never recognized and the question mark kept flashing even after pressing alt or command R. I mounted the operating system on a USB 3.0 using my fiance's newer MBP but again nothing was recognized even after pressing alt or command R. I put in a Snow leopard disk hoping to boot up and install with that but again nothing happened, still the flashing question mark.
I figured the HD was bad, upgraded to an SSD, and bought a new HD ribbon cable just because, but when I replaced both I still got the flashing folder. I took the drive back out and put it in an enclosure to take a look at it on my fiance's computer and hopefully install OSX from there but I wasn't able to (he has yosemite and it wouldn't let me use the snowleopard DVD to install it on the separate HD). I was able to format it to GUID extended journaled and all that jazz but I'm all out of ideas and I need help! :(
Is this a good question?