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Question: Not able to install macOS in a new hard drive

I'm trying to replace my old hard drive with a SSD in a Macbook Pro early 2011.

I have created a bootable usb with Sierra, and it seems to work fine if I start the computer with the old hard drive in place. But when I replace the hard drive with the new SSD one, it says "This copy of the Install macOS Sierra application is damaged, and can't be used to install macOS"

I have erased the new hard drive and formatted it to OS X Extended (Journaled)

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Thanks. I tried the Snow Leopard DVD but I got a kernel panic, maybe it’s damaged?

I’m trying internet recovery now (booting with cmd + R), at first I got an error, because the computer date was reset to 2000. After setting it to current date and time via terminal it seems to be working and installing Lion.

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Mar 16, 2018 2:13 PM in response to nuria157 In response to nuria157

To do what you want requires that you install the original Snow Leopard that came pre-installed when your computer was new. Then you can upgrade it to Yosemite or El Capitan before continuing on to High Sierra. Sierra is no longer supported by Apple now that High Sierra has been released. You need to do this first:


Snow Leopard Erase and Install


If possible be sure to back up your files.


  1. Insert Snow Leopard DVD into the optical drive and restart the computer.
  2. Immediately upon hearing the chime hold down the C key.
  3. Release the key when the Apple logo appears and wait for the loading to finish.
  4. 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 Disk Utility loads select the out-dented disk entry from the side list (mfgr.'s ID and drive size.) Click on the Partition tab in the Disk Utility’s right window. Set the number of partitions to one (1) from the drop down menu. Click on the Options button and select GUID, click OK button, set the format type to MacOS Extended, Journaled. Finally, click on the Apply button.
  5. After formatting has finished quit Disk Utility. Continue with the OS X installation and follow the directions.
  6. When the installation has finished the computer will restart into the Setup Assistant. After you complete the Setup Assistant you will be running a fresh installation of Snow Leopard. Open Software Update and install the recommended updates.
  7. If you are planning to sell or give your computer away, then do the following: After you reformat your hard drive and reinstall Snow Leopard, the computer restarts to a Welcome screen. To leave the Mac in an OOTB (Out Of The Box) state, don't continue with the setup. Instead, press Command and Q keys to shut down the computer. The Setup Assistant will guide the new owner through the setup process after he/she turns on the computer.
  8. Download and install Mac OS X 10.6.8 Update Combo v1.1.
  9. Download How to download macOS High Sierra to proceed from here.

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Mar 16, 2018 2:09 PM in response to nuria157 In response to nuria157

Have you thought of just using Internet Recovery? Your machine should have that available in the firmware if you did previous updates. Someone said that the earliest that it can load is Lion. If you need to start over with Snow Leopard, you can only use the original install discs that came in the box or an equivalent purchased used. The retail version won't work for various reasons.


They have two ways of loading Internet Recovery. One is option-command-R at power-on, which I believe has installation of the latest available OS for your machine as an option. The other is shift-option-command-R at power-on, which will make installation of the OS that came preinstalled on your machine, or the earliest one that's is on their servers.


About macOS Recovery - Apple Support


So are you OK with High Sierra? If not then you might need to load another OS first, then use the Mac App Store to get Sierra. There's a trick to get Sierra to show up on the Mac App Store if you can't find it via a search.


Get macOS Sierra

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Mar 16, 2018 2:13 PM in response to nuria157 In response to nuria157

To do what you want requires that you install the original Snow Leopard that came pre-installed when your computer was new. Then you can upgrade it to Yosemite or El Capitan before continuing on to High Sierra. Sierra is no longer supported by Apple now that High Sierra has been released. You need to do this first:


Snow Leopard Erase and Install


If possible be sure to back up your files.


  1. Insert Snow Leopard DVD into the optical drive and restart the computer.
  2. Immediately upon hearing the chime hold down the C key.
  3. Release the key when the Apple logo appears and wait for the loading to finish.
  4. 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 Disk Utility loads select the out-dented disk entry from the side list (mfgr.'s ID and drive size.) Click on the Partition tab in the Disk Utility’s right window. Set the number of partitions to one (1) from the drop down menu. Click on the Options button and select GUID, click OK button, set the format type to MacOS Extended, Journaled. Finally, click on the Apply button.
  5. After formatting has finished quit Disk Utility. Continue with the OS X installation and follow the directions.
  6. When the installation has finished the computer will restart into the Setup Assistant. After you complete the Setup Assistant you will be running a fresh installation of Snow Leopard. Open Software Update and install the recommended updates.
  7. If you are planning to sell or give your computer away, then do the following: After you reformat your hard drive and reinstall Snow Leopard, the computer restarts to a Welcome screen. To leave the Mac in an OOTB (Out Of The Box) state, don't continue with the setup. Instead, press Command and Q keys to shut down the computer. The Setup Assistant will guide the new owner through the setup process after he/she turns on the computer.
  8. Download and install Mac OS X 10.6.8 Update Combo v1.1.
  9. Download How to download macOS High Sierra to proceed from here.

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Mar 16, 2018 1:26 PM in response to Kappy In response to Kappy

Thanks. I tried the Snow Leopard DVD but I got a kernel panic, maybe it’s damaged?

I’m trying internet recovery now (booting with cmd + R), at first I got an error, because the computer date was reset to 2000. After setting it to current date and time via terminal it seems to be working and installing Lion.

Mar 16, 2018 1:26 PM

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Mar 16, 2018 2:09 PM in response to nuria157 In response to nuria157

Have you thought of just using Internet Recovery? Your machine should have that available in the firmware if you did previous updates. Someone said that the earliest that it can load is Lion. If you need to start over with Snow Leopard, you can only use the original install discs that came in the box or an equivalent purchased used. The retail version won't work for various reasons.


They have two ways of loading Internet Recovery. One is option-command-R at power-on, which I believe has installation of the latest available OS for your machine as an option. The other is shift-option-command-R at power-on, which will make installation of the OS that came preinstalled on your machine, or the earliest one that's is on their servers.


About macOS Recovery - Apple Support


So are you OK with High Sierra? If not then you might need to load another OS first, then use the Mac App Store to get Sierra. There's a trick to get Sierra to show up on the Mac App Store if you can't find it via a search.


Get macOS Sierra

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Mar 16, 2018 1:43 PM in response to nuria157 In response to nuria157

nuria157 wrote:


Thanks. I tried the Snow Leopard DVD but I got a kernel panic, maybe it’s damaged?

I’m trying internet recovery now (booting with cmd + R), at first I got an error, because the computer date was reset to 2000. After setting it to current date and time via terminal it seems to be working and installing Lion.


Is it a retail DVD? That would have an image of a snow leopard on the label, as well as on the box it came in.


You would need the original install discs, which are white text on a gray label. But if you're already working on Lion that should be fine.

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