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New hard drive input/output error

My old MacBook hard drive died and so I installed a WD 250GB 5400RPM SATA HD myself but when trying to erase it I get a input/output error and I cannot seem to partition it. When I try to reinstall my original Tiger OS X the 'select a destination' step is blank and there is nothing to select. I'm not worried about the old HD as I had mostly everything backed up - I just want to get this new HD up and running and get my MacBook fixed! I starting to go through cold turkey without it... please help!

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Use the jumpers and set it down to 1.5 GB. Usually pins 5 & 6

Go here and look for SATA Hard Drive Jumper Settings on the first page:

http://www.wdc.com/wdproducts/library/ot...

UPDATE 4/8/12 Here are the settings. The two pins on the right should be jumped

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Forgive my ignorance but I don't follow..

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Thanks for the help, but I don't think that is the hard drive I have bought. Mine only has 4 jumper pins and no shunt or anything already on it. Is the problem something to do with the fact that the software isn't reading the hard drive as a 250GB, rather it reads the drive as a 1.8/2TB drive?

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Having found others with this problem, I think you are right in that it needs a jumper shunt, but how can I get one to put on?

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All old IDE drives had jumpers. Any computer repair place will have bottles of them or that old PC in the garage will have one.

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Hi thanks for the help - I put a jumper on 2 of the pins using these -

http://www.maplin.co.uk/2.54mm-0.1-inch-...

I'm not sure if they were the right fit. I still get the I/O error. This is the HD I bought and my MacBook is a 2006 model.

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/250gb-wes...

Should I try another HD? Cheers.

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Hi did you find a solution for this in the mean time? I am having this problem too....

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i have the same problem.

i bought a new 500gb wd hard drive and it didnt work. i thought its the hard drive cable which is broken, so i bought a new one and replaced it, but the "input/output error" is still there.

my hard drive is also read as an 3tb drive by the mac os x install disc.

i tried to format it with "gparted" (boot cd) and it did work, but mac os x shows the same error.

whats wrong?

i dont get it

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Having the same exact problem. After ordering a new hard drive, I'm ready to give up and order a new computer.

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I just had this issue.

Hard drive died, bought new hard drive, didn't work. Replaced hard drive cable, formatted HFS+ using a second Linux machine, and then i started getting the "Input/output error" that you guys are having.

Two sets of discs came with the MacBook. One set is the "Mac OS X Install Disc 1/2" CD's (they still make CD's?). The other is a Leopard OS X Install DVD. The CD's gave me the I/O error and recognized the 500GB drive as 3.64TB. The DVD had no issues at all. Try to find that DVD :)

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