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Barbararose Level 1 (0 points)

My Passport is connected to the MacBook Pro with Tiger

and has been formatted by the laptop utility.

How do I install Snow Leopard. ?

If I just put in the Snow Leopad disc, will it tell me what to do ?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • Niel Level 10 (298,516 points)

    Insert it and double-click the installer.



  • stevejobsfan0123 Level 8 (40,262 points)

    I do not know what you mean by "formatted by the laptop utility," or what passport you mean. But whatever it is, it's independent of installing Snow Leopard. After you insert the disk, it should appear on your desktop. Double click on it, and it will tell you what to do.

  • Barbararose Level 1 (0 points)

    WD My Passport formatted for Mac by the Mac.

    How do I put present content on My Passport ?


    I inserted the disc and double clicked.

    The screen went blank. for a brief time.

    The disc came out. screen stayed blank (not dark)

    Turned off the laptop.  Turned it back on.

    Nothing changed.

    Please use street (not geek) language if possible.


    The connection is a USB 2.0 on laptop.

    The external harddrive did not come with firewire connector

    but I think the laptop takes firewire

  • steve359 Level 6 (13,332 points)

    If you mean you are trying to install SL on an external WD Passport drive (formatted for Mac), then here is an explanation.


    Is your Tiger system PowerPC or Intel processor?  SL requires Intel processor.


    AppleMneu > About This Mac.  What is processor?

  • Barbararose Level 1 (0 points)

    Intel  2 Ghz intel core duo


    I'd like to put the Tiger content on the external hard drive ?

    Then put Snow Leopard on the laptop.

    I think.  Based on previous advice.

  • steve359 Level 6 (13,332 points)

    Well ... so much for that theory.

  • stevejobsfan0123 Level 8 (40,262 points)

    She also has a MacBook Pro, all of which have Intel processors.

  • steve359 Level 6 (13,332 points)

    Good point ... my bad.

  • Barbararose Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks  --anyway.


    It seems there is a variety of backup software --  Out There --

    Am I missing something or

    is there something that came with the MacBook Pro ?

    I'll try Finder in the meantime . . .


    So do  I just open Passport as I would a flash or thumb drive

    and drag programs from the MacintoshHD  ?


    Noon PST :  I'm going to go do something I know how to do

    & check back later.


    Thanks for paying attention.

  • noondaywitch Level 6 (8,135 points)

    The most popular software for backups are CarbonCopyCloner and SuperDuper!


    However, for your purpose, you can simply use the Restore function in Disk Utility.


    DU Restore.png


    Drag Macintosh HD to the source field, and the WD volume to the destination field, then click Restore.


    It will take some time, so ensure the energy saver preferences are set to 'never sleep' before beginning.


    When it's complete, restart and hold down the shift key no later than the chime. When the boot options appear, select the new WD and click the arrow.


    You're now booted from the cloned Tiger installation. Check as far as possible that everything works as it should, then restart normally to go back to Macintosh HD.

    Eject the WD and disconnect it from the Mac for now.


    /pt.2 to follow

  • noondaywitch Level 6 (8,135 points)



    To install, insert the 10.6.3 retail disc and restart, holding down the C key to boot into the DVD (or you can use the shift key as before and choose the install disc from there)

    OK the language page, then go to the menu bar (ignore the installer for now) and open Disk Utility in the Utilities menu.

    Select your Macintosh HD and click 'Repair Disk' (not permissions)


    If that comes up as volume OK, quit DU and start the installer by selecting the 'continue' button.

    (note; if you see a message in DU 'updating boot partitions', ignore it and close DU)


    When you're offered installation options, ensure you choose Rosetta to be installed or your PPC apps won't work.


    The installer will replace the Tiger system files with SL ones and should not touch any of your data or settings. Note that the restart will take considerably longer than usual as files are moved from a temp folder to their correct places in the system.


    Caveat; I did 8 of these at the beginning of last year, but two wouldn't install until I erased the Mac HD volume. No idea why the difference, but it does make that cloned backup important.


    Be warned that printer drivers, and scanner drivers in particular will almost certainly need updating for SL. That could be a problem if the printer or scanner is more than a couple of years old.


    Many third party applications (and some Apple ones) may need updates for SL (Adobe particularly), so check with the vendors for compatability before you upgrade.


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  • Barbararose Level 1 (0 points)


    Thank you.  Thank you for taking so much time.  That's the kind of help I need.
      That helps and  I'll make sure you get the credit
    when I succeed.


    However.  Your caveat:  What about the notion of moving as much as possible to the
    WD Passport and then doing a "clean install" to the laptop ?
    Are there pros and cons   ?-- someone advised that the files are more
    likely to be where they ought to be with a  "clean install ".
    So that is the path I'd intended to take.


    Thanks again.


  • noondaywitch Level 6 (8,135 points)

    Shouldn't be necessary unless the normal installation fails.


    However.  Your caveat:  What about the notion of moving as much as possible to the
    WD Passport and then doing a "clean install" to the laptop ?


    If you follow the procedure above, it will copy everything over.


    someone advised that the files are more
    likely to be where they ought to be with a  "clean install "



    No. The files are put in the same place in either case.


    If you do go that way, you will be offered the chance during setup to choose to import your data from various sources; choose your external WD (make sure it's plugged in of course). That will reimport your user account with all your data, apps and settings.

  • Barbararose Level 1 (0 points)

    So far so good:  HD is being copied.

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