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install OSX 10.6.6 on new HD?

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bengeorge Calculating status...
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Feb 2, 2013 12:57 PM

hi all

 

yesterday i installed a new hard drive to my mac mini 2.1? seagate 750gb.

 

once completed i went to install the OSX 10.6.6 from the install disc i have, but it kept saying it could not be installed on this computer. i then found my old OSX 10.5 discs and installed that. and its working. i never did a backup as i have all the information i want on a seperate portable hard drive. and i wanted to start from scratch. anyway 10.5 is working but i want to upgrade to the moutnain lion (like my other systems). i have already purchased mountain lion and i also  have the OSX10.6.6 install dics but i cant seem to figure out why its not working?

 

Any help woudl be great.

  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (234,330 points)
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    Feb 2, 2013 12:58 PM (in response to bengeorge)

    You need to use a retail DVD, all of which are 10.6 or 10.6.3. The online Apple Store sells them.

     

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  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,470 points)
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    Feb 2, 2013 1:01 PM (in response to bengeorge)

    Apple doesn't sell Mac OS X 10.6.6 DVDs, so I think that you are using the Mac OS X DVD that came with a different Mac.

     

    You have to buy the Mac OS X Snow Leopard retail > http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC573/mac-os-x-106-snow-leopard This DVD contains Mac OS X 10.6.3, so just insert the DVD and upgrade your Mac to Snow Leopard. Remember to make a backup before upgrading.

     

    After upgrading, open  > Software Update to install Mac OS X 10.6.8, the latest Snow Leopard version.

     

    You must know that your Mac mini isn't compatible with OS X Mountain Lion, but you can install OS X Lion. If you want to upgrade to Lion, call Apple to buy it > http://support.apple.com/kb/HE57 Check if your applications are supported > http://www.roaringapps.com

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,470 points)
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    Feb 2, 2013 1:01 PM (in response to bengeorge)

    You are using a DVD with a Mac OS X version for a specific Mac. You have to buy the Snow Leopard retail version following my last comment

  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (234,330 points)
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    Feb 2, 2013 1:09 PM (in response to bengeorge)

    You need to actually clone the drive for that to work properly. Programs such as the Disk Utility and Carbon Copy Cloner can do this.

     

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  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,470 points)
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    Feb 2, 2013 1:11 PM (in response to bengeorge)

    That's an option that may work. One thing you can do is to start your Mac mini from the old hard drive and restore the old hard drive content to the new hard drive using Disk Utility. If you don't know how to do this, follow these steps:

     

    1. After starting from the old hard drive, open Disk Utility and choose the Mac OS X partition of your old hard drive on the sidebar.

     

    2. Go to Restore tab, and drag your new hard drive from the Disk Utility sidebar to Destination box. Remember to tick "Erase destination", and press Restore.

     

    3. When it finishes, restart your computer and start from the new hard drive

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,470 points)
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    Feb 2, 2013 1:16 PM (in response to bengeorge)

    bengeorge wrote:

     

    i would have to take out the new drive, put the old drive back copy it to an extrernal usb drive and then put the new drive back and then copy the old drive back to the new drive, right?

     

    You can do that, too. To do it, use Carbon Copy Cloner > http://www.bombich.com

  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (234,330 points)
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    Feb 2, 2013 1:16 PM (in response to bengeorge)

    Put one drive in an enclosure.

     

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  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (234,330 points)
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    Feb 2, 2013 1:25 PM (in response to bengeorge)

    The Mac App Store can't be accessed from 10.5. If you already have Lion on the new drive and got it from the Mac App Store, you should be able to use its recovery partition to load it onto another drive, but that will also require placing one of the drives in an enclosure.

     

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  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,470 points)
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    Feb 2, 2013 1:25 PM (in response to bengeorge)

    You need Mac OS X 10.6.6 at least to access to App Store

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