My SSD is not recognized!
Hello this is my first forum post ever. (My main computer is a Vaio Laptop and I have a desk external HDD.) I am posting because I was gifted a MacBook Pro 2006 non-unibody A1150 Core Duo 1.86 (not a Core 2 Duo).
My boss didn't want it and my wife wanted a Mac just to do simple school work on and I wanted one because I am a geek.
He said the battery exploded (expanded). I can see evidence of the battery expansion from slight damage on the lower case near where it closes. It came with no hard drive and the optical "SuperDrive" was removed as was the RAM.
So first thing I did spur of the moment was buy a "SanDisk SSD Plus" 240gb I saw in Best Buy. I don't need the best one because granted this generation MBP has SATA I-1.5Gbit/s so it won't take advantage of the SATA III- 6Gbit/s the SSD has. 300 MB/s write speed is fine I imagine since I will max-out/bottleneck at 130 MB/s or so anyhow. But compared to the 25 MB/s or so of 5400rpm HDD which I'm used to this will be nice.
Sorry for ranting. I just prefer to say as much now so I answer least questions later.
So I immediately purchased a power supply, battery, and the 2 GB, Max RAM for this machine.
Before it all arrived in the mail, I installed the optical drive and hard drive. Followed by properly preparing a USB boot drive with snow leopard on it. Once my power supply, battery and RAM arrive I installed it and boot it up to find I have a snow leopard install disk in the optical drive my boss left me as well.
Now I went to install snow leopard and HERE IS THE PROBLEM:
The new SSD isn't recognized. I came to the understanding that I had to format it with Disk Utility so I went to Disk Utility and what do you know IT DIDN'T SHOW UP THERE EITHER. So I started reading all types of forums.
I first thought it was the difference of SATA III and SATA I not being backwards compatible but I soon learned that they are cuz I saw video and read about others who installed a SSD on same computer and the SSD was using SATA II.
So then, I was almost positive it was my hard drive cable because SSDs essentially are more sensitive to a BAD cable then HDDs are. Many people who work in shops said it could be that cuz they said it most often times is the problem and for a lot of people that seemed to work.
After that I read it could even be a firmware problem or an EFI 1.6 or 1.7 thing/problem...idk?! what is that?!
Nor do I know about TRIM and if that applies.
So I don't have another spare HDD laying around or anything. I could acquire one if needed. I just am looking for a solution. What do I do?