I just replaced my hard drive; but I notice that my ribbon cable does not have pins for one of the three connection sections of the new hard drive. It is a new SSHD, hybrid drive from Seagate, while my Mac is early 2011.
Does this matter that the far right port on the hard drive does not actually connect electronically to the ribbon cable?
I have been having issues with the computer (since installation) suddenly shutting off/freezing (persistently) with the need to force shut down. When I turn it back on, it often starts up trying to initiate Internet Recovery.
However, after that is completed I am able to go to disk utility and select the new hard drive like it was always there.
I do not know if this is a function of a faulty hard drive, the ribbon, or something pricier; but it is getting worse.
Now it starts up to just a blue screen or white screen. I checked out the physical hard drive and somehow the ribbon cable had become bent and squished underneath it.
Could this be the source of all my problems?
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