Hard Drive input/output error
The laptop is a MacBook Pro 15", 2.16 GHz Core Duo, Model A1150.
It has been given to me without hard drive in it and I have no clue about what it went through.
The laptop works perfectly booting from Ubuntu cd.
I have two hard drives to try with, both “Western Digital” and both 160 gb:
Hard Drive 1: WD1600BEKT, brand new guaranteed by the ebay seller to be specifically compatible with my MacBook Pro A1150;
Hard Drive 2: WD1600BEVT, pretty old.
I've installed both drives (one per time obviously) in a Dell Inspiron 1525, installed Ubuntu OS and both drives worked perfectly.
Now I install the drives in the MacBook, and every time I do so I call one SMC reset and three PRAM resets.
50% of the times the drive is detected and a faulty Ubuntu OS is loaded.
50% of the times the drive is not seen at all and I get the question mark folder.
Same goes when I boot the pc from Ubuntu cd, 50% of the times the hard drive is shown on “Disks” application, 50% it doesn't appear.
When “Disks” shows the hard drive, still the hard drive is not really accessible, only one time out of dozens SMART data was available.
Time to install Ubuntu, or at least try:
50% of the times the hard drive is not detected and installation cannot be initiated;
50% of the times the hard drive is detected, the installation seems to be started but after few seconds I get “Input/output error during read on /dev/sda”
I've replaced the hard drive cable and after that I went through the exact same experiences.
I've set the hard drives jumper setting to SSC first, RPS after and still no luck.
Any help will be highly appreciated.
Thanks in advance