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David Quandos Level 1 Level 1

Hello, Im trying to install Mac Os X from my internal optical drive on a new harddrive (formatted mac os journaled) and it doesn't seem to work. I tried both Snow leopard dvd and lion. Then I tried both dvd's with an external optical drive and same problem, stops spinning after few minutes the dvd that is. So I thought it might be that the harddrive is the problem(1 TB samsung) so removed it and installed the hitachi one that came with my macbook pro mid 2009, same issue. I tried everything even changing the ram from 8 GB to the 4 GB that came with my macbook pro. Help will be much appreciated as im trying to sell it ASAP, I really need the money. Thanks in advance.


MacBook Pro, MacBook Pro July 2009 2.66 GHz
Reply by David Quandos on Feb 10, 2012 11:33 AM Helpful
I know lion never came on a disc i never said it did. I said i burned it on a disk (downloaded it from appstore and then burned to dvd) as explained here lifehacker.com/5823096/how-to-burn-your-own-lion-install-dvd-or-flash-drive . As for the snow leopard i tried the gray disc that came with it, and i tried a version from a trusted source of torrents both same result. IM pretty sure its not the dvd's im putting problem now after all that, but what doesnt make sense to me is that the optical drive played a dvd movie and burned a lion disc so whats the problem with it not reading the mac os x's dvd's? and is it fixable without changing the whole optical drive to a new one? if buying a new one is indeed the solution please let me know. thanks,..
Reply by a brody on Feb 11, 2012 8:16 AM Helpful
Really it is hard to say.  Ask to borrow someone's external Firewire Mac compatible burner at a user group.  That would at least tell you if the disc in question is damaged or the disc drive.   http://www.apple.com/usergroups/

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  • Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6

    Your DVD drive is probably bad and Mac's can't boot from a external DVD drive.

     

    If you have another Mac create a image of the SL DVD and then restore it to a USB thumb drive. then use that thumb drive o install the OS on the new drive.

     

    Or if you have a cloning program you can clone the old drive to the new drive.

    Or if you have a Time Machine backup you can restore that to the new drive.

  • a brody Level 9 Level 9
    expertise.classicmacos
    Classic Mac OS

    Include the original discs that came with the Mac and any discs of software you are going to install on it.  See this FAQ*:

    http://www.macmaps.com/selling.html

     

    A July 2009 Mac can only install Snow Leopard from the retail Snow Leopard installer, and not a gray disk or Update disc that came with another Mac.

    Such a Mac would have shipped with a gray discs by its name with some version of 10.5.

  • David Quandos Level 1 Level 1

    Shootist007: thanks for the quick reply sir. is there a way to buy the same optical drive from amazon? if so can you please tell me the name of the model so i can search it?

    PS: I burned a lion disc and was suscefull using the same internal optical drive, so i think the optical drive is fine? maybe?

  • David Quandos Level 1 Level 1

    a brody: I tried the snow leopard 10.6 grey disc that came with my july 2009 macbook pro and a burned lion disk that i made.

  • a brody Level 9 Level 9
    expertise.classicmacos
    Classic Mac OS

    Amazon may not have the correct drive for you, as it may need a firmware patch.  http://www.macsales.com/ and http://www.mcetech.com/ are the only ones that have known fully compatible drives with Macs on the optical front.  http://www.xlr8yourmac.com/ can tell you what might be needed for other drives, and it varies.

  • a brody Level 9 Level 9
    expertise.classicmacos
    Classic Mac OS

    10.6 did not come out until August 28, 2009.  Thus a July 2009 Mac can't use a 10.6 gray disc at all.

  • David Quandos Level 1 Level 1

    a brody: Sorry Its JUNE*, MacBook Pro5,3 June 2009 15" Unibody 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 4GB DDR3 RAM and 320 GB Hitachi HardDrive,  came with 10.6 installed. Discs: Mac Os X 10.6 and iLife 2009.

  • a brody Level 9 Level 9
    expertise.classicmacos
    Classic Mac OS

    You still have your facts confused.  It may have come with 10.6 installed, but it would have had either a DropIn 10.6 installer, or retail 10.6 installer.  The gray 10.6 disks from another Mac will NOT work with it.  The only gray disks that would work with it are 10.5 something.  10.6 was not available in June.

  • David Quandos Level 1 Level 1

    a brody: You have your facts confused. I had this macbook pro for more than 2 years and i formated it 3 times using the gray disc that came with it. THE DISC IS 10.6 SNOW LEOPARD. Go download mactracker from the appstore and check by urself. wikipedia is not always right.

  • a brody Level 9 Level 9
    expertise.classicmacos
    Classic Mac OS

    It may  have formatted, it may have installed, but it will not work right.  Why do I know that?  The horse's mouth:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1159

    The introduction date may have been June, but you are calling it June, and saying it was prebundled with Snow Leopard means the actual manufacture and ship date new was much later than June.  That's the question here.  Was it shipped to you new after August 28, 2009, or not?

  • David Quandos Level 1 Level 1

    a brody: I call it june cuz its june's model of the macbook pro but that doesnt mean i bought it on june. and yes i bought it new on september or october i think, so yeah.

  • a brody Level 9 Level 9
    expertise.classicmacos
    Classic Mac OS

    OK, that makes more sense.  In the future,  please be sure to indicate the date the machine was purchased new, not the date of the model.  The date of the model's initial release did not have a gray Snow Leopard disk, nor was it compatible with it.

  • David Quandos Level 1 Level 1

    a brody: sorry about that. so the problem is with the optical drive now or what? as i said i burned a lion dvd without any problems with the same optical drive, can u make it clear to me as whats the problem here? thanks again.

  • a brody Level 9 Level 9
    expertise.classicmacos
    Classic Mac OS

    I'm guessing the optical drive could be the problem, or it could just be an aged disc.  The machine is too young for a PRAM battery issue.

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