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My SSD is not recognized in my white MacBook end 2007

Hi everyone,

First of all I'm a French mac user and my English isn't so good. I'll try to be simple.

I bought last Monday an SSD Samsung 830 series 128go

I replace my old Hard drive for this one. I launch Snow Leopard DVD install and when the prompt ask me to select the hard drive, nothing appear.

So I launch the disk utility and just my optical drive appear nothing else.

I remove the SSD from the macbook and replace with the old HDD.

I launch my macbook and put the SSD in a usb external hard drive case.

The SSD appear in disk utility. So I create a partition with a GUID table partition.

I launch with SL DVD install the software to install OS x on my SSD. After a while and one reboot the installation is finish.

I replace the SSD in the macbook and launch it. Just a grey screen appear nothing else, not even a file icon with a question mark blanking ...

I insert the DVD and reboot, try to install and when the prompt came to select a place to install, nothing appear.

I launch once again the disk utility but still only the optical drive appear.

If I put my SSD on the External HDD case, reboot the mac with "alt" key, I can select the SDD and launch the OS ...

So as u can see I'm a bit lost.

1) I thought it's my internal Sata connector dead, but in this case, my old HDD couldn't worked and it worked.

2) Maybe it's my DVD install dead but in this case why I'm able to install on the SDD with the external case.

Si if someone had any idea ....

In advance thanks a lot

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Have you tried resetting the SMC after installing the SSD in your Mac? Also did you set the jumper for SATA 1 compliancy

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What a shame !! Shame on me !!! Grrrrr

Finally I solved the problem.

It was too stupid and I didn't react before.

I was too lazy to change my hard drive. So I remove the battery and remove the old hard drive and replace it with the SSD and replace the battery. But the problem is, SSD is slimmer than an old HDD, so when you plug it internally it's not straight in front of the connector.

So I remove all the case of my macbook, and the keyboard, to place it correctly on the connector.

and now it's recognized and I can install my SL system.

sorry to disturb you with my question and thanks to everybody for your help

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Contact the vender who sold you the SSD drive/kit. You might be able to use an Optical Bay SSD kit, but then you'd lose your optical drive =8^(

Any 6Gb/s SSDs would not work with a laptop that old.

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I was curious if this was the case. Samsung says that it's SATA-SATA III, so I assumed it was backwards compatible.


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pierre tho will be eternally grateful.
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