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Leopard won't install on my MacBook 2.1

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Hi
I bought a family pack retail Mac OS X 10.5.4 DVD last week to upgrade all my Macs. It installed fine on my iMac 7.1. However, on the MacBook 2.1 I am told I need to reformat the disk with a GUID partition Table, and everything will be erase in the process. This is rather drastic. I'd rather not lose all my apps and settings (data is backed up).

I have 187GB available on the iMac, 78Gb of the 150Gb disc on the MacBook used and a Firewire cable. Can I make a plan somehow to get my apps and settings back after whatever it is needs to be done?

Thanks for any help
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Eoin OSullivan earned 1500 total points
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You should not need to reformat the MacBook.  Do you have BootCamp installed on it?

If you have NO success in booting from the OSX DVD and doing an Upgrade rather than a clean install then try this ...

Boot the iMac in Target Disk Mode (boot iMac while holding down the T key) this will turn the iMac into an external drive.
Plug the iMac into the MacBook and it will appear as an external drive
Download and install SuperDuper! on the MacBook and create a full disk image of the macBook and save it to the iMac (this will take several hours)
Now you can run the Leopard DVD, format the MacBook and install a clean version of Leopard.
Once complete, mount the disk image which is stored on the iMac (you'll get a perfect copy of your old MacBook mounted on the Desktop)
You can run the Migration Assistant and this will import ALL your applications, settings and user files into your new OSX installation on the macbook.
When done, unplug the iMac and reboot the iMac .. you can delete the MacBook disk image from the iMac once your happy the MacBook is running OK.
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I don't have BootCamp. I do have Parallels. I have read around this problem and it says Leopard can't be installed on Macbooks with Apple Partition Map formatting (which mine has). So I guess your steps (which I've seen somewhere else as well) are it. Wonder if it s worth it? I use so little of Leopard's features!

Thanks, though, I'm closing the ticket.
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