4 Replies Latest reply: Aug 7, 2013 11:58 AM by Kappy
tiger1709 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Purchased an Early 2009 iMac from an individual about 2 years ago.  The hard drive is failing and I just changed it over to a WD Blue 1TB.  I do NOT have the original OS X disk from the seller as he did not have it.  I'm trying to install from my neighbors OS X 10.6 disk. Is this error I'm receiving because of the disk I'm trying to use? iMacoriginally came with Snow Leapord, I'm not sure which particular variation of 10.6mac.jpgmac2.jpg


Mac OS X (10.6.7)
  • 1. Re: correct installation disk? Early 2009 iMac replaced HDD
    nbar Level 5 Level 5 (6,945 points)

    I do NOT have the original OS X disk from the seller as he did not have it.  I'm trying to install from my neighbors OS X 10.6 disk. Is this error I'm receiving because of the disk I'm trying to use?

     


    Yes. You can only use installation CDs originally associated with the computer. You need to order a new version, or retrieve the original.

     

    Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard - Apple Store (U.S.)

  • 2. Re: correct installation disk? Early 2009 iMac replaced HDD
    Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (226,795 points)

    Do this:

     

    Drive Partition and Format

     

    1. Boot from your Snow Leopard Installer Disc. After the installer loads select your language and click on the Continue button.  When the menu bar appears select Disk Utility from the Utilities menu.

     

    2. After DU loads select your hard drive (this is the entry with the mfgr.'s ID and size) from the left side list. Note the SMART status of the drive in DU's status area.  If it does not say "Verified" then the drive is failing or has failed and will need replacing.  SMART info will not be reported  on external drives. Otherwise, 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. Upon completion quit DU and return to the installer. Complete the Snow Leopard installation.

     

    If the above does not work, then you need a retail version of Snow Leopard or purchase replacement discs from Apple:

     

    Apple Store Customer Service at 1-800-676-2775 or visit online Help for more information.

     

    To contact product and tech support: Apple - Support - Contact Apple Support.

     

    You can purchase Snow Leopard through the Apple Store: Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard - Apple Store (U.S.). The price is $19.99 plus tax. You will be sent physical media by mail after placing your order.

     

     

    After you install Snow Leopard you will have to download and install the Mac OS X 10.6.8 Update Combo v1.1 to update Snow Leopard to 10.6.8 and give you access to the App Store. Access to the App Store enables you to download Mountain Lion if your computer meets the requirements.

  • 3. Re: correct installation disk? Early 2009 iMac replaced HDD
    tiger1709 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Kappy,

     

     

    The disc does not say "verified" and Im going to order another retail disk of snow leopard.  Currently, I am unable to eject the current install disk.  I've tried the command E to no avail.  What else should I do to get it out?

  • 4. Re: correct installation disk? Early 2009 iMac replaced HDD
    Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (226,795 points)

    Five ways to eject a stuck CD or DVD from the optical drive

     

    Ejecting the stuck disc can usually be done in one of the following ways:

     

      1. Restart the computer and after the chime press and hold down the

          left mouse button until the disc ejects.

     

      2. Press the Eject button on your keyboard.

     

      3. Click on the Eject button in the menubar.

     

      4. Press COMMAND-E.

     

      5. If none of the above work try this: Open the Terminal application in

          your Utilities folder. At the prompt enter or paste the following:

     

            /usr/bin/drutil eject

     

    If this fails then try this:

     

    Boot the computer into Single-user Mode. At the prompt enter the same command as used above. To restart the computer enter "reboot" at the prompt without quotes.