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    My iMac's HDD failed - Question

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    My iMac's HDD failed - Question
    Just like the topic says, my HDD has been failing. Got the grey screen with the flashing question mark folder. I went through Apple's troubleshooting and ended up having to reformat it. It worked and I was able to reinstall. But then it failed again and I had to do it again.

    So I was going to buy a new, external HDD. But my question is, will I be able to install Mac OS on it? All I have is the Snow Leopard installation disc, so is that all I need to reinstall the OS on a new HDD?
    20" 2.4 GHz Intel iMac Snow Leopard - 4GB of RAM - ATI Radeon 2600 HD

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    My iMac's HDD failed - Question
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    I recently purchased Snow Leopard, but only the upgrade copy as I already have Leopard. The folks at the Apple Store told me I would NOT be able to install Snow Leopard on my older Mac because it wasn't already running Leopard.

    If you bought the full version of Snow Leopard, you should be okay. If not, well ...

    I'm no kind of expert. I'll be interested to hear what everyone else has to say.

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    My iMac's HDD failed - Question
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    Quote Originally Posted by vita64 View Post
    I recently purchased Snow Leopard, but only the upgrade copy as I already have Leopard. The folks at the Apple Store told me I would NOT be able to install Snow Leopard on my older Mac because it wasn't already running Leopard.

    If you bought the full version of Snow Leopard, you should be okay. If not, well ...

    I'm no kind of expert. I'll be interested to hear what everyone else has to say.
    Not true. Linky.
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    My iMac's HDD failed - Question

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrimsonRequiem View Post
    Not true. Linky.
    That's great to here! I guess I'll go out and get a new HDD tomorrow then. And begin the process of starting all over again.

    I still wonder why my HDD failed after just 1 1/2 years.
    20" 2.4 GHz Intel iMac Snow Leopard - 4GB of RAM - ATI Radeon 2600 HD

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    My iMac's HDD failed - Question

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    You can use Superduper to make an exact copy of your internal Hard drive on your external one and it is completely bootable.

    Thats my recommendation!

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    My iMac's HDD failed - Question

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    Quote Originally Posted by HiWhatsUpNothin View Post
    You can use Superduper to make an exact copy of your internal Hard drive on your external one and it is completely bootable.

    Thats my recommendation!
    Already had to reformat to even boot from the HDD in my iMac.
    20" 2.4 GHz Intel iMac Snow Leopard - 4GB of RAM - ATI Radeon 2600 HD

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