Thanks Alder for you response.
Yes I tried with shift key and all combinations mentioned here:
When I press shift(with or without the recovery disk attached), it comes with that ? mark blinking screen and nothing happens.
Actually I fotgot to keep the start up disk with me and made the recovery disk mounted from a DVD backup I kept before in an external HDD. Unfortunately the startup options are not coming and I am not being able to bypass the network screen.
The boot-up process is really convoluted. It depends on having a few things pre-placed in magic locations so that they can be accessed and loaded long before the File System is loaded and active.
Even if you have exactly the right components, you may not have them in those magic locations, referred to as "Blessed", that makes them available at Boot Time.
At this point, you need a trusted source of Mac OS X software to boot from. If you ever had a 10.6 Installer/Utilities DVD, that would be the thing to turn to.
Booted from the Installer/Utilities DVD, you can get access to Disk Utility and initialize the new drive and repair the USB flash drives in hopes of installing from them later.
Okay, if you are saying I need the installation disk which had the utilities app such as the disk utility, then even I have that, how do I boot from that disk, holding option is not bringing the startup manager or something so I can choose the media to boot from. How do I run disk utility?
I have utility disk copied in my back up external drive as well.
Boot from the 10.6 Installer DVD. (hold C at Startup or hold Option at Startup, once the DVD is in the drive).
Answer only the "What Language" question, and wait a quarter minute while the MenuBar is drawn.
Choose Disk Utility from the Utilities Menu
Look at what drives are available.
"Repair Disk" all that it can see.
If you wish, Partition the new Internal drive with GUID partition Map and create a Volume.
If there is a visible "Recovery_HD" you could try copying that to the new drive, but I am not certain it would be functional. The approved method is to use:
I was planning to burn a installer DVD for this but then thought better I visit a mac store.
I went to a apple store today and they patched an image which was shipped with the mac I bought. Now I am taking backup from time machine and also will make a recovery drive first after running it.
Thanks for your response. Much appreciated.