Macbook Clean Install of Snow Leopard

Posted on 2012-09-12
Last Modified: 2012-09-13
I have a Macbook (Model A1181, Core Duo)
The hard drive failed.

I had another hard drive that I pull from an HP laptop that worked fine.
I blew away all the partitions and did not format it, and put it in the Macbook.

I put in the Snow Leopard DVD and turn the machine on;
I hold dow the "Option" key.

The image for the DVD shows up but not the image showing that there is a hard drive present.

I click install; the Apple symbol shows and the little icon just spins. I let it run for a couple of hours and it never changed or went further.
Question by:mnoisette
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    Expert Comment

    by:Sigurdur Armannsson
    Format the drive. It is formatted in either Fat-32 or NTFS but you should use HFS+ Journaled.

    Try this and tell us how it went.

    Author Comment

    Wouldn't I have to have another mac to do that?
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    Expert Comment

    You can use a program called MacDrive on a PC to format it as well:


    You could also try formatting the drive in FAT32 just to see if the installer will see it.
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    Accepted Solution

    Don't worry about another program.  Apple provides the partitioning solution on the setup disk.  Run the Install from CD.  When the inital setup screen launches, Choose your language and click Continue.  You'll be presented with a setup screen labeled "Install Mac OS X/ To set up the installation of Snow Leopard, click Continue".  Don't.  Rather, click Utilities-->Disk Utility.  Disk Utility will launch (after several seconds) and allow you to parition and format the drive.  Choose the option for a single Mac OS Extended (Journaled) partition.  Let it work, then close Disk Utility and resume the OS Setup.

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