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Macbook Clean Install of Snow Leopard

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.
1 Solution
Sigurdur ArmannssonDesignerCommented:
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.
mnoisetteAuthor Commented:
Wouldn't I have to have another mac to do that?
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.
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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