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New HDD not listed on clean install of OS X

I installed a new 500gb HDD in my 2012 Mac mini. I was able to start the internet install and got to the screen that asks to chose a drive to install the operating system.

There are no drives listed. I tried searching for answers and one kept coming up saying to go to utilities and erase and have the drive journaled so it could be written to.

I tried this and my HDD is listed as being 2.01gb and it would not allow me to format it.

After some more searches I am a bit lost on what to do next.

Any suggestions?

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Try running the installer via USB enclosure first, or plug it in as a 2nd hard drive on another computer. If it isn't recognized, then the drive is defective. Otherwise, somethings wrong with the Mac mini or your drive isn't supported.

Update (02/07/2018)

Did you use Disk Utility to properly partition the drive you want to install on first? Use GUID/Journaled.

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@avanteguarde - Any 2.5" SATA drive that fits will work in this system {SATA III (6.0 Gb/s)}. But, the HD SATA cable is a bit delicate! So it might need replacing.

You're on the right track using an external case to check the drive out with Disk Utility and it could be defective as well.


@avanteguarde @danj

I do not have a working Mac I can use to create a boot.

I'm going to have a friend check the drive with his Windows machine to see if the drive is bad. If it's good I'll try a new cable.

Thank you for the replies!

If you have any more suggestions I'm all ears!


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I created a bootable drive and its the only one that shows up in the install window I just installed 1tb and a 500gb drive in my mini and they don't show up. the install and instructions from ifixit were easy enough, what else could be wrong?

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You need new SATA cable/s


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