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    Aug 26, 2006
    Macbook Pro 15" 2.6 C2D, 4GB RAM, 250GB HD
    Installing OSX on a New macbook hard Drive
    I bought my mac book last year and it only had a 60gb hard drive. I bought a new 160gig hard drive. I installed in the mac book just fine, but when I try to install OSX it's not showing up as a drive able to install. Must I do anything to the hard drive before I can install OSX?


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    PunkRockTuba's Avatar
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    May 27, 2005
    Oklahoma City, OK
    17" MacBook Pro, 8GB iPhone
    You probably have to format it so the mac can read it. I cant remember off the top of my head the right system, but im sure somebody will chime in and tell us both.

    Put the cd in the drive and hold C to boot from it and I think there is a utility drop down so you can get in disk utility. Once you find that hopefully you can format from there.

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    Kash's Avatar
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    Dec 03, 2006
    Irvine, CA
    Black Macbook C2D 2GHz 3GB RAM 250GB HD iPhone 4 iPad 3G
    PunkRock is right, you have to format the drive to the HFS format (be sure to choose Journaled). Then setup will let you pick the drive to install on.

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    XJ-linux's Avatar
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    Jul 02, 2007
    Going Galt...
    In the Utility dropdown select erase and target the new HDD. Select HFS+ and check the box for OS 9 drivers if you need them. It takes a few seconds and then the drive will be ready to install OS X from the installation DVD.
    Never judge a man, untill you have walked a mile in his shoes...
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