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.
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.
Include the original discs that came with the Mac and any discs of software you are going to install on it. See this FAQ*:
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.
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.
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.
It may have formatted, it may have installed, but it will not work right. Why do I know that? The horse's mouth:
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?