2468 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Nov 29, 2010 4:06 PM by (n_n)
The problem has worsened!!!!! I went to reinstall a fresh copy of snow leopard. I had to boot from the disk holding down C because my laptop would no longer boot. I went through the usual steps of selecting the language and the appropriate drive. Then I get an error dialogue saying: 'the contents of this disk can't be changed. Mac os x couldn't be installed on this disk'
What do i do now?
Well, there's your answer. If the drive can't be repaired, you can't reinstall on it.
You have a few choices:
1) Repair with [DiskWarrior|http://www.alsoft.com/DiskWarrior/index.html] or [TechTool Pro|http://www.micromat.com>. MIght not work if it's really badly damaged, though.
2) Erase the hard drive with Disk Utility and reinstall from scratch. Not ideal if you don't have backups.
3) If neither of those work, your drive is likely dead and needs to be replaced.
Thanks for the help, sorry for spreading this across so many discussions. I'm desperate to solve this. Just re-formatted the drive and I'm in the process of re-installing Leopard. Unfortunately I hadn't yet made a backup because the drive is only 10 days old. It was mentioned earlier to install the combo updates of os x... is there any specific reason for this?
Thanks once again for all your help I'll let you know what happens
For your reference.
http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:kDK9YNump28J:manuals.info.apple.com/enUS/Snow_Leopard_Installation_Instructions.pdfsnow+leopard+installationmanual&hl=en&gl=sg&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEESh9PmF6IosxI8qIoC5TtIj7izUKr5Sw5CTq-Me0GFnn bIo1hbnOQlsijCvHEafxAQqdli3thn5je7IQNDrgjrJFZ1QxPOwzuzlqD9dbNB8oUf8cLHC0Wfl-UP6u NzVCRTmKcLcQ&sig=AHIEtbSlhmB_V6Lrfgbe0m_6-wd-wh7dg