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The Mac Pro First Generation is an Intel Xeon-based workstation computer manufactured by Apple Inc. The first generation model includes the machines from 2006 through 2008.

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Re-Installing OS and Spinning Wheel Is Frozen

I was given a 2008 Mac Pro today. I put a hard drive in it, made a MacOS USB Drive and tried to install the OS. Upon booting from the USB, I’m greeted with the normal Apple screen. The spinning wheel shows up, spins a few times , stops and doesn’t proceed any further. I have tried zapping NVRAM, re-downloading and remaking Installation USB, tried different USB drives, swapped RAM modules and still the same. I am attempting to install OS Mavericks since I know it supports Early 08 and up.

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What is the drive you put in? Make & Model


It is a WD Blue 500GB


Is this the drive: WD Blue


It's an older WD Blue


@goetzsage2 - Can you give me the model number of the drive.


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Why I had asked is many people forget the older Mac Pro systems SATA ports can only support SATA II (3.0 Gb/s) or SATA I (1.5 Gb/s) drives. The newer fixed speed SATA III (6.0 GB/s) drive are not able run in your system directly. You would need a PCIe SATA board.

Are you able to setup the drive externally on your other Mac system using something like this: Universal Drive Adapter

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Universal Drive Adapter


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