3 Replies Latest reply: Oct 10, 2013 1:45 PM by OGELTHORPE
William Wallace III Level 1 (0 points)

Hi, I Have an Mid 07 macbook which i'm in the process of upgrading. I have a hard drive that i am up grading from 160gb to 500gb. my problem is i dont have a boot disc, because it's ethier been lost or didn't come with one. my question is can i just format the new hard drive with a copy of snow leopard?

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Kappy Level 10 (263,335 points)

    Clean Install of Snow Leopard


         1. Boot the computer using the Snow Leopard Installer Disc.  Insert the disc into the

             optical drive and restart the computer.  After the chime press and hold down the

             "C" key.  Release the key when you see a small spinning gear appear below the

             dark gray Apple logo.


         2. After the installer loads select your language and click on the Continue

             button. When the menu bar appears select Disk Utility from the Utilities menu.

             After DU loads select the hard drive entry from the left side list (mfgr.'s ID and drive

             size.)  Click on the Partition tab in the DU main window.  Set the number of

             partitions to one (1) from the Partitions drop down menu, set the format type to Mac

             OS Extended (Journaled, if supported), then click on the Partition button.


         3. When the formatting has completed quit DU and return to the installer.  Proceed

             with the OS X installation and follow the directions included with the installer.


         4. When the installation has completed your computer will Restart into the Setup

             Assistant. Be sure you configure your initial admin account with the exact same

             username and password that you used on your old drive. After you finish Setup

             Assistant will complete the installation after which you will be running a fresh

             install of OS X.  You can now begin the update process by opening Software

             Update and installing all recommended updates to bring your installation current.

  • BobHarris Level 6 (17,050 points)

    You could use SuperDuper or Carbon Copy Cloner to copy the contents of the 160GB drive onto the 500GB drive, and then swap the drives.

  • OGELTHORPE Level 8 (42,745 points)

    If you are really frugal and do not wish to spend money for third party software, you can employ Disk Utility>Restore and copy your original HDD data to the new one.  Test the new drive via OPTION key startup and if good, exchange the two.