I just installed the SSD and I cannot detect the SSD in Disk Utilities of the recovery disk. Even trying to restore from time machine backup it cannot find any disk it can restore to. I am restoring Mac OS X Lion backup and using the Lion bootable USB stick.
- Boot into Recovery from the USB.
- Instead of opening Disk Utility, open Terminal instead.
- Run the command
diskutil listto see that your drive is being recognised. It should list two disks, one being your bootable drive, the other your SSD, and provide you with a disk identifier (such as
disk0). If it doesn't show up, check that you have installed it properly.
- If it is showing up, then type
diskutil partitionDisk disk0 GPT JHFS+ MacHDto correctly set the partition map to GPT and create a HFS+ Journaled volume. Change
disk0to the appropriate identifier for your SSD. You can rename the 'MacHD' volume later in Disk Utility or Finder, if you wish.
- Quit Terminal.
You should now be able to pick up the disk in Disk Utility and Time Machine to restore your backup.