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Hi All,

New around here and have been using Apple products for a while now and work for a reseller although haven't been involved in anything technical before.

A friend has given me his MacBook after he thought the Hard Drive was corrupt, I have replaced it and now need to install OSX to get it working again.

I have entered the discs and thought it should be pretty easy.....
The drive needs formatting so I have gone into disc utility and tried to partition the drive.

If I try to erase the drive or partition I am getting an error message saying
'POSIX reports: The operation couldn't be completed. Cannot allocate memory'

At the moment I am creating a disc image of a new account my iMac and going to try and connect my firewire drive to see if that helps.

As mentioned I am new to any technical stuff so sorry if tyhis seems like a silly question.

Thanks

Ash
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Are the disks you're using the correct ones for the MacBook? Using the wrong disk (from another machine perhaps) will cause that error to occur.
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Are the disks you're using the correct ones for the MacBook? Using the wrong disk (from another machine perhaps) will cause that error to occur.
No they are not the same discs...

I have the discs for an iMac, MacBook Pro 15 & 17. The MacBook Pro I am trying to fix is a 13"

Thanks for the reply. I will try to get some more discs!
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now seems that the disc can't come out as it is constantly using the disc utility!
grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
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