8 Replies Latest reply: Oct 16, 2013 10:10 AM by rccharles
pahockeyref Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

had to install a new hard drive into a 2005 mac mini. stillhave the original startup disc (os x tiger).  If i just start the computer i get the flashing ? on a folder. If i hold c ican get teh disc to start but it cant find the new HD.  if i hold the option key i get a choice of the startup disc or a Apple Harware Test. the quick test says everythinhgs there. So what else do i need to do to format the new HD? utilities wont give me the right options either.


Mac mini, Mac OS X (10.4.5)
  • 1. Re: what other options do i have?
    BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (116,475 points)

    Hello,

     

    Yep, you must format the drive first.

     

      1. Insert the Mac OS X Install disc, then restart the computer while holding the C key.

       2. When your computer finishes starting up from the disc, choose Disk Utility from the Installer menu at the top of the screen. (In Mac OS X 10.4 or later, you must select your language first.)

          *Important: Do not click Continue in the first screen of the Installer. If you do, you must restart from the disc again to access Disk Utility.*

       3. Click the Erase tab.

       4. Click the disclosure triangle to the left of the hard drive icon to display the names of your hard disk volumes and partitions.

       5. Select your Mac OS X volume.

       6. Highlight the drive, select Partition Tab, then Format type... MacOS Extended Journalled,

     

    How to format your disks...

     

    http://macs.about.com/od/usingyourmac/qt/partition-types.htm

     

    http://www.kenstone.net/fcp_homepage/partitioning_tiger.html

     

    (To Install OSX on an IntelMac the Drive it needs the GUID Partitioning scheme mentioned at the bottom.)

    (PPC Macs require APM Partition scheme.)

     

    Thanks to Pondini, Formatting,  Partitioning, Verifying,  and  Repairing  Disks...

     

    http://Pondini.org/OSX/DU.html

  • 2. Re: what other options do i have?
    pahockeyref Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks BDAqua,

    I'm not seeing a disclosure triangle any where. the only items listed on the right  is a hard drive icon that says 4.5GB Matshitacd-r over a sub category of mac os x.   I'm guessing i need to be seeing the 160mb seagate HD i installed in order to procede.

    Any thoughts?

     

    Thanks

  • 3. Re: what other options do i have?
    BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (116,475 points)

    Hmm, disclosure triangle?

     

    If DU isn't showing the Seagate, something is wrong big time, check the connections again.

  • 4. Re: what other options do i have?
    pahockeyref Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Not the answer I was hoping for; don't you have something that just syas "tap the topf  three times with the tail of a black cat and all will be fine"?

    Just kidding

    I'll open 'er up and see whats going on.

     

    Thanks

  • 5. Re: what other options do i have?
    rccharles Level 5 Level 5 (5,360 points)

    Maybe it is a dip switch on the hd.  Just another thing to check.

    Robert

  • 6. Re: what other options do i have?
    pahockeyref Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks guys, was actually able to get it up and running after reopening the unit and making sure everything was firmly attached.  The new HD was a little loose.  Now the only thing is a question as to why I partitioned the HD and how big should each section be.  I plan on doing a little more reading on the subject, but if you have knowledge of such things, I'd love to hear it. Haven't done much with the refreshed unit since I want to upgrade out of OS X tiger.  Need to find a leopard first, so would also appreciate guides to that elusive animal.

    Thanks again for all your help.

  • 7. Re: what other options do i have?
    Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (44,480 points)

    Leopard is no longer available from Apple, so you will have look for a black retail install disk on Amazon or eBay. This could cost around $200.

     

    Upgrading the OS from Tiger and Leopard:

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1545?viewlocale=en_US

     

    Installing Leopard OS 10.5:

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1544?viewlocale=en_US

  • 8. Re: what other options do i have?
    rccharles Level 5 Level 5 (5,360 points)

    Ask for a restore dvd.  See if apple will provide 10.5.

     

    Restore Tiger 10.4 & Leopard 10.5  DVDs are available from Apple by calling 800-767-2775 as of January 20, 2013. Collect your Mac's serial number.  Prepare you credit card for a workout. There is a reasonable fee.

    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4720126?tstart=0

     

     

    Ask yourself what you would do with multiple partitions.

     

    -- Want to boot different version of mac os x. Tiger might be the last x that will run classic programs.

     

    -- Backup another drive.

     

    Robert