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I have a 20' imac intel 2.0 ghz. I replaced the bad hard drive, as per Apple Store diaonostic suggestion. I can't install the OS on the new hard because it isn;t formatted. It won't bootup, I still get the ? folder. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
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is there any relative or friend that has mac ? you can get an external enclosure and format it
Or you can contact apple store to format, if you do not buy HD from them, then I do
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You should be able to format the drive using Disk Utility. In the menu bar that appears once the installer is loaded, go to the Utilities menu and open up Disk Utility. When asked, make sure you select a "GUID partition scheme."

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What operating system are you trying to install and if from discs, how are you booting from disc? Pop disc in, reboot and hold down'C' after the chime and follow van's directions.

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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I have a 20' imac intel 2.0 ghz. I replaced the bad hard drive, as per Apple Store diagnostic suggestion. I can't install the OS on the new hard because it isn;t formatted. It won't bootup, I still get the ? folder. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
Trying to install Mac OS X Tiger, Version 10.4. I put the disk in, after the chime and hold "c" and still get "?".
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Is the Tiger disk the original that came with your machine? It sounds like you may be trying to boot with an incorrect disk.
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Trying to install Mac OS X Tiger, Version 10.4. I put the disk in, after the chime and hold "c" and still get "?".
Retail purchase, original were lost.
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Retail purchase, original were lost.
Black disk?

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I have a 20' imac intel 2.0 ghz. I replaced the bad hard drive, as per Apple Store diaonostic suggestion. I can't install the OS on the new hard because it isn;t formatted. It won't bootup, I still get the ? folder. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
Black disk with an "X" on it. Mac OS X Tiger includes Xcode @ & insall DVD.
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Might be Optical Drive problem . . . very common unfortunately. Try cleaning the OS disk and giving the drive a shot of compressed air.

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I have a 20' imac intel 2.0 ghz. I replaced the bad hard drive, as per Apple Store diaonostic suggestion. I can't install the OS on the new hard because it isn;t formatted. It won't bootup, I still get the ? folder. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
no can air, will continue tomorrow, thanks for the help.
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And be aware there were two versions of Tiger - PowerPC and Intel.

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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Thanks! The system requirements on the box are a mac computer with PowerPC G5, G4, or G3. I guess I should have read the fine print. Now I have to find an Intel version. Thanks again!
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And be aware there were two versions of Tiger - PowerPC and Intel.
Good catch, Harry!
I should have remembered that . . .

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