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Can't install Snow Leopard to new HDD

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JasonT86 Calculating status...
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Oct 11, 2013 9:26 PM

Hi, Im having some issues with my new hard drive. I have a late 2006 iMac Model A1207 that had a 250GB WD2500JS hard drive that was failing. What I mean by that is I had several times where I could hear the drive clicking inside and only after several attempts would it boot up. I was able to backup the system to an external drive via Time Machine. So I bought a WD5000AAKX 500GB which Ive installed. I do have the original Mac Snow Leopard disc and I did follow instructions on here on how to properly partition the drive so that it can see it. The disk verify checks out properly and Ive tried two way to boot it with no luck. Ive tried booting the disc and running it on that drive to which it panics, crashes and restarts. Trying to restore the backup to the new drive gets a little further but ultimately asks me to restart and start over. Any ideas? Im guessing that the drive just somehow is not compatible. :-/

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • Alberto Ravasio Level 4 Level 4 (3,160 points)
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    Oct 12, 2013 6:25 AM (in response to JasonT86)

    The late 2006 iMac came with OS X 10.4.7 pre installed.

     

    What Snow Leopard disk are you using?

     

    The retail version

     

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    or the OEM version

     

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    iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.5), iMac12,1
  • Alberto Ravasio Level 4 Level 4 (3,160 points)
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    Oct 12, 2013 7:10 AM (in response to JasonT86)

    When you changed the hard drive did you put the the hard drive thermal sensor back to its place?

  • Lanny Level 5 Level 5 (4,165 points)
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    Oct 12, 2013 7:20 AM (in response to JasonT86)

    You didn't mention that you installed SL to the new disk. You can't boot from an empty disk.

     

    Boot from the DVD by starting-up while holding down the "C" key. Install SL on the newly partitioned GUID drive and only then will you be able to use your TimeMachine backup.

     

    Note: If you had used a clone backup instead of TimeMachine, replacing the drive would have been easier.

  • Alberto Ravasio Level 4 Level 4 (3,160 points)
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    Oct 12, 2013 7:23 AM (in response to JasonT86)

    Also the WD5000AAKX is a SATA 6 Gb/s. The internal HD interface is a 1.5 Gb/s.

     

    Try to move the WD jumper to 3 Gb/s and see if that solve the issue.

  • Alberto Ravasio Level 4 Level 4 (3,160 points)
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    Oct 13, 2013 2:19 AM (in response to JasonT86)

    I think you'll have to get a slower hard drive then.

    iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.5), iMac12,1
  • Alberto Ravasio Level 4 Level 4 (3,160 points)
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    Oct 20, 2013 1:29 AM (in response to JasonT86)

    Did you upgrade or add RAM modules. The Panic Report reports that your system has 4GB of RAM, 2x2GB.

    Officially iMac5,1 supports 3GB of RAM. Remove one RAM module and test the system. If it does not fail, replace it with the other one. Test again.

    iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.5), iMac12,1
  • ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)
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    Oct 20, 2013 6:39 AM (in response to JasonT86)

    Unfortunately even though that hard drive boots like the old one, there are still panic shutdowns.

     

    You likely restored corrupted data incurred by your first failing drive or there is yet some other unexplained hardware issue.

     

    Start over and follow this User Tip, only return files from a exernal drive everything else from original sources. (fresh install method)

     

    Make sure you securty zero the entire hard drive to map off failing sectors and clean the 10.6 retail disk or try another from Apple's site.

     

    How to erase and install Snow Leopard 10.6

     

     

    read more tips here

     

    https://discussions.apple.com/community/notebooks/macbook_pro?view=documents#/?p er_page=50

  • ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)
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    Oct 22, 2013 10:16 AM (in response to JasonT86)

    JasonT86 wrote:

     

    Going down to only 2GB appears to have done the trick. Its unusual since this Mac has always had 4GB without issue but Ill see about adding 1GB to go to 3GB if it needs it. Thanks guys. :-)  What an ordeal!

     

    Then the RAM might not be the problem, unless something changed recently.

     

     

    For that model, 4GB can be installed, but only 3GB will be addressed.

     

    It's likely a bad module or slot.

     

    Run Rember or Apple's Hardware Test extended to test the RAM.

     

    Switch single modules in slot to test for a bad slot.

     

    https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/15837/rember

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