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Added new SSD to Macbook A1278 but won`t boot

A few years ago my old Macbook A1278 stopped working due to the hard drive being damaged. Recently I bought a new KingFast 120G SSD and replaced my old broken hard drive. However after adding the new SSD into the macbook, when I turn the laptop on all I see is a white screen with an image of a folder with a question mark fashing (same image that showed when the hard drive was damaged). Do I need to re-install mac os through usb?
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  1. Simple answer - yes, you need to install an OS.
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  2. Yep. You installed a clean ssd, but the laptop needs an operation system.
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  3. McHenryB said:
    Simple answer - yes, you need to install an OS.


    I installed macOS Sierra onto an 8 gb usb and plugged it into my laptop before turning it on but it still showed the folder with the flashing question mark. Are there any particular keys that I need to be pressing while turning the laptop on?
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  4. PCMACPC said:


    So I followed the instructions and pressed the option key while the laptop was booting up and I saw an image that the usb stick was inserted in the computer and I saw that it said install mac sierra on it. However when I pressed enter, a prohibitory symbol showed up and the computer turned itself off. Does this mean that I need to install a older generation mac operating system since this is an older generation macbook A1278?
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  5. A1278 can be from 2008, 2009 and 2010.
    Which one do you exactly have?

    Otherwise you should get a El-Capitan copy.
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  6. Have a look here to see if your Mac will run Sierra, and how to find out exactly which model it is: https://coolestguidesontheplanet.com/system-requirements-for-macos-sierra/

    Even if your model is on the compatibility list it may need a firmware upgrade first (which is difficult if you don't have a running system). I think you are going to have to try an earlier version.
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  7. PCMACPC said:
    A1278 can be from 2008, 2009 and 2010.
    Which one do you exactly have?

    Otherwise you should get a El-Capitan copy.


    I believe I own the 2008 model
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  8. Try El-Capitan
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  9. PCMACPC said:
    Try El-Capitan


    Do they still have it on the app store? I can`t seem to find it. If possible are there any free alternatives?
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  10. VJ_Gamer said:


    I actually tried cloning my wife's 2008 MacBook by using a clone copying app but when I tried to use it on her laptop it said I needed an older generation operating sust because her laptop is ox lion 10.5
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  11. joe thompson said:
    VJ_Gamer said:


    I actually tried cloning my wife's 2008 MacBook by using a clone copying app but when I tried to use it on her laptop it said I needed an older generation operating sust because her laptop is ox lion 10.5


    Which Mac OS where you using on your broken HD?
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  12. You can do one thing.

    Check for your Macbook and the latest OS compatibility. Check if any of your friend is using that OS. If yes then create a bootable USB using your friends Macbook.

    Check the below link for creating a bootable USB.

    https://support.apple.com/en-in/HT201372

    Then Clean install it on your new SSD.

    Good Luck :)
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    joe thompson said:
    VJ_Gamer said:


    I actually tried cloning my wife's 2008 MacBook by using a clone copying app but when I tried to use it on her laptop it said I needed an older generation operating sust because her laptop is ox lion 10.5

    10.5 is Leopard, not Lion.

    In general, you can't just clone a disk from one Mac and use it on a different one (any more than you can with Windows). But, as you have another Mac, you can use it to follow the procedure outlined in my previous link to produce install media.
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  14. joe thompson said:
    A few years ago my old Macbook A1278 stopped working due to the hard drive being damaged. Recently I bought a new KingFast 120G SSD and replaced my old broken hard drive. However after adding the new SSD into the macbook, when I turn the laptop on all I see is a white screen with an image of a folder with a question mark fashing (same image that showed when the hard drive was damaged). Do I need to re-install mac os through usb?
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  15. off course you need to install OS in your SSD first. the question mark folder comes then logic board doesn't seems operating system. commonly this problem comes due to HDD cable in A1278 13" and A1286 15" inches MacBooks.
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  16. McHenryB said:
    joe thompson said:
    VJ_Gamer said:


    I actually tried cloning my wife's 2008 MacBook by using a clone copying app but when I tried to use it on her laptop it said I needed an older generation operating sust because her laptop is ox lion 10.5

    10.5 is Leopard, not Lion.

    In general, you can't just clone a disk from one Mac and use it on a different one (any more than you can with Windows). But, as you have another Mac, you can use it to follow the procedure outlined in my previous link to produce install media.




    Actually... you can. When we had down time at my last IT job, we'd experiment with computers we had laying around. I had a image(clone) of a 2012 Macbook Pro w/ El Capitan on it. I had used CarbonCopy to make it. I tried "cloning" that drive to different Macbook's & iMac's and each time it worked just fine.

    On top of that... I experimented further and pulled the hard drive out of a Lenovo laptop(with Windows 10) and installed it into a Macbook Pro. It booted up to Windows 10 just fine, connected to wireless just fine and even started installing updates(everything was working).
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