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Setting up a hard drive for installing OSX

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nathanielaldon Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jul 29, 2013 1:13 PM

The hard drive in my early-2007 MacBook was cracked, and I got a replacement. I have a Snow Leopard disk, yet my optical drive has failed, and I do not have another Mac to use as a FireWire target. I realized that I could insert the OSX disk into a windows machine, and install remotely via the network. My problem currently is that the hard drive does not appear when I hold option on bootup. All I get is a mouse cursor on the screen. I used to get the hard drive icon, as detailed in my previous post here: https://discussions.apple.com/message/22067588#22067588 To remove any remaining info on th drive, I plugged it into my windows desktop with a SATA cable, and reformatted it. From that point on it has not showed up while holding option on bootup. I would be more than happy to provide any other info you might want, or try anything. Thanks!

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,035 points)
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    Jul 29, 2013 1:18 PM (in response to nathanielaldon)

    Buy an external optical drive or have yours repaired/replaced. Otherwise, find someone you know with a Mac so you can make a bootable USB flash drive with which to install Snow Leopard on your computer.

     

    You can call your local Apple store to see if they could make a bootable Snow Leopard flash drive for you. Perhaps they would be nice enough to do that.

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,035 points)
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    Jul 29, 2013 1:29 PM (in response to nathanielaldon)

    No, they don't. USB optical drives don't require separate drivers, and neither do flash drives. The drivers are part of the bootable system on the disc or the flash drive.

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,035 points)
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    Jul 29, 2013 1:30 PM (in response to nathanielaldon)

    Because it does not contain a bootable system.

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,035 points)
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    Jul 29, 2013 1:43 PM (in response to nathanielaldon)

    A drive without a bootable OS X system installed on it will not show up when you OPTION boot the computer. Only bootable drives will appear. If you have a bootable system installed on a flash drive, for example, the flash drive will appear when you OPTION boot.

     

    Once you boot from the installer then you can partition and format your internal drive and install OS X on it.

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,035 points)
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    Jul 29, 2013 3:09 PM (in response to nathanielaldon)

    Buy an 8 GB or larger USB flash drive. Partition and format for OS X:

     

    Drive Partition and Format

     

    1. Open Disk Utility in your Utilities folder.

     

    2. After DU loads select your hard drive (this is the entry with the mfgr.'s ID and size) from the left side list. Click on the Partition tab in the DU main window.

     

    3. Under the Volume Scheme heading set the number of partitions from the drop down menu to one. Click on the Options button, set the partition scheme to GUID then click on the OK button. Set the format type to Mac OS Extended (Journaled.) Click on the Partition button and wait until the process has completed.

     

    4. Select the volume you just created (this is the sub-entry under the drive entry) from the left side list. Click on the Erase tab in the DU main window.

     

    5. Set the format type to Mac OS Extended (Journaled.) Click on the Security button, check the button for Zero Data and click on OK to return to the Erase window.

     

    6. Click on the Erase button. The format process can take up to several hours depending upon the drive size.

     

    7. Clone the Snow Leopard DVD to the flash drive. Insert the DVD into an optical drive and wait for it to mount on the Desktop:

     

    Clone using Restore Option of Disk Utility

     

      1. Open Disk Utility in the Utilities folder.

      2. Select the destination volume from the left side list.

      3. Click on the Restore tab in the DU main window.

      4. Select the destination volume from the left side list and drag

           it to the Destination entry field.

      5. Select the source volume from the left side list and drag it to

          the Source entry field.

      6. Double-check you got it right, then click on the Restore button.

     

    Destination means the USB flash drive. Source means the mounted Snow Leopard DVD.

     

    Test the result by trying to boot a Mac that can be started by 10.6.3. Just see that it boots the computer. Do nothing else. If it works, then Quit. You now have a bootable flash drive to install Snow Leopard on your computer.

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