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Macbook Pro Hard Drive Swap Issue?

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Attempting to swap out a hard drive on a 2011 13" macbook pro.

The drive is a seagate momentous XT (hybrid SSD HDD)

I attached the new drive via USB dongle. In disk utility formatted the drive to 1 partition, set the partition table type as GUID. Used CCC to clone the disk to the new drive. Swapped the drive and reboot. This is where things got werid:

When i rebooted, the BIOS screen displayed a folder with a ? flashing. This indicates the device has no boot drives.

My next step was to pop in the OS disk boot to disk utility and examine the disk. The disk showed up as MS-DOS partitioned and only 92GB with the renaming being 600GB and change as unformated.

I deleted out the partitions, repartitioned as again, 750GB, GUID partition type, and installed a fresh copy of the OS X. I then used a time machine backup to restore. Time machine stated 270GB needed to be restored. The restore took less time then anticipated (only an hour) and when it completed most applications were missing and the OS disk properties only showed about 110GB used (the old drive was using just under 300GB)

My thoughts are a bad HD? Could this be anything else? Perhaps a SSD+HDD hybrid issue with MAC? Do i need to create 2 partitions for the SSD portion as well?
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I think I would try reformatting the drive once more with DU, and after you have done that, and before you clone, re-examine it to make sure it is formatted correctly.
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It was a bad drive, used a WD with no issues, bad seagate drive
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SOlved issue.
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