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Installed SSD and OSX and need to make sense of what happened.


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Hello!

I have an 2.2 GHz (2007) 15" MacBook Pro and was hoping that someone could tell me what actually happened during my install. I'll give you the sequence of events:

1) Used Disk Utility and made an image of old hard disk to external drive

2) Installed new Crucial 128GB RealSSD Hard drive (fastest 4kb reads )

3) Booted from Leopard DVD and used Disk Utility and restored image to new SSD (I used a Leopard DVD to run Disk Utility but I have Snow Leopard installed in the drive and image)

4) Upon reboot, got grey screen "You must hold down the power button to **** down" and the computer would not boot.

5) Tried to repair disk and permissions and had no issues, but when I restarted I still got the grey screen of death and could not boot into OSX.

6) I gave up and booted from my Snow Leopard DVD and installed Snow Leopard. I was expecting it to be a fresh install but when I restarted all of my data and personal files were still there, although no Mac updates were installed.

7) Installed Mac updates and it seems like all my data is here.

8) Ran Terminal and got "The administrator has set your shell to an illegal value".

I know that this error is documented in threads and I can search for solutions, but given the sequence of events, should I wipe the drive and do a fresh install?

I'm not exactly sure what happened as I was anticipating a fresh install but all of my data is here!

Thanks!

~GS
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When Snow Leopard is reinstalled over itself, it automatically does an archive and install type of installation. To get a fresh install you would have had to wipe the disk first.
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With a Mercury Extreme SSD the message from OWC techs was to do a clean install of Snow Leopard after formatting and then use Migration Assistant to move Applications, Network Settings etc from external to SSD and had no problems whatsoever. Do as admin suggests and format the drive and start over from the Snow Leopard disc.

Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!
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