Cannot access the new SSD on startup
I recently added an SSD to my macbook pro and the old hard drive is in a case, with cable, attached externally. I attenpted to follow the procedure recommneded for transferring the OS to the new SSD from the old hard drive (procedure linked at the end of the SSD replacement) and held the keys during startup (without the external old hard drive attached), but all that came up on startup was a gray screen with a padlock symbol with a text bar beneath it, like it is asking for a password? This is not in the procedure. I added my password, no joy. I added all of my old passwords one by one, still the lock is there. So I booted up with the old hard drive (in the case) attached with a cable and the machine boots fine, but a notice comes up that the "disk I installed is not recognized" would I like to , "format", "ignore" or "eject". I assume that the internal (new) SSD is not formatted or recognized and everything is running off of the old hard drive (attached externally), so I am just "ignore"ing this for now, but now I have a new SSD that isn't getting used and the problems (slow slow slow running and startup) are still there because I am using the old hard drive, in a case, attache by a cable, to boot up and to run the OS.
How can I get the OS into the new SSD? Any help is greatly appreciated!
I am adding the note at the end of the repair procedure, here. I followed "How to use the Internet Recovery" procedure and that is when I goit the lock and passowrd symbols, instead of the menu screens mentioned in the procedure steps.
This drive does not have an operating system (OS) installed. The iFixit guide, How to use Internet Recovery to install macOS, can help you install a fresh copy of macOS to a blank or corrupted SSD installed in your Apple device.
Thank you for any help!
Here is the link to the repair Internet recovery procedure:
I am using High Sierra 10.13.6
Thank you again!
@arbaman @danj Well! I had some family emergencies, and have been working with the old hard drive in the case, attached via USB cable for emails and such...Now I am at a place where I can dedicate some effort here. Thank you for your patience.
I got in touch with the MacStore I bought the computer from (so that I could get the reciept, then prove to Apple that the computer was mine and get the firmware password from Apple per the process that Apple outlines in its website) but, Apple does not keep passwords on computers this old but the store manager told me that Google is his frined and suggested that I look for fixes on-line, since the Apple support would not send me a non-Mac solution. COOL! The manager mentioned that one soltion he was looking at (while talking to me on the phone) said that removing on of the RAM sticks would allow a startup. I found this:
so will try it and get back to you.
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