New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

 
Start a Discussion
 

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

Join the conversation RSS
Switcher Hangout The place for switchers to discuss their new machines, and how to work with OS X. General support can be had here for newbie stuff, like "How do I restart my new iMac?" :)

Mountain Lion Won't Install On 2010 MacBook Pro


Thread Closed

 
Thread Tools
fitnstrong

 
Member Since: Sep 17, 2009
Posts: 2
fitnstrong is on a distinguished road

fitnstrong is offline
After I downloaded the Mountain Lion; it won't install because it says my hard drive is on a back up drive for the time machine. I've never used Time Machine and I only have one hard drive, Any suggestions on how to resolve this?
Lifeisabeach

 
Lifeisabeach's Avatar
 
Member Since: Sep 30, 2007
Location: Wilmington, NC
Posts: 6,916
Lifeisabeach has a reputation beyond reputeLifeisabeach has a reputation beyond reputeLifeisabeach has a reputation beyond reputeLifeisabeach has a reputation beyond reputeLifeisabeach has a reputation beyond reputeLifeisabeach has a reputation beyond reputeLifeisabeach has a reputation beyond reputeLifeisabeach has a reputation beyond reputeLifeisabeach has a reputation beyond reputeLifeisabeach has a reputation beyond reputeLifeisabeach has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: iMac i3 (mid-2010) + OS 10.9; TV 3; iPhone 5S; iPad 4

Lifeisabeach is offline
As per this article:
Bugs & Fixes: Troubleshooting Installing Mac OS X Lion | Macworld

Quote:
This message again means that the Lion installation will not successfully complete. The message can appear even though your startup drive is obviously not acting as a Time Machine backup. As covered in an Apple Support Communities thread, the likely cause is an errant Time Machine-related Backups.backupdb folder at the root level of your drive. This folder, created by and used by Time Machine, is fooling the Install app into thinking your startup drive is actually a Time Machine backup. The solution is to delete the folder.


Please verify and include the exact model/year of your Mac and OS X version number (available from "About This Mac", then "More Info" on the Apple menu).
------
Links: Onyx | EasyFind | Apple Hardware Test | How to test your hard drive | The Safe Mac Adware Removal Guide | Uninstall MacKeeper
------
Lifeisabeach - Mac-Forums Member of the Month June 2009, Feb 2012, and March 2013.
fitnstrong

 
Member Since: Sep 17, 2009
Posts: 2
fitnstrong is on a distinguished road

fitnstrong is offline
Thank you but I am having a problem locating this folder to delete. Where do I locate it?
Lifeisabeach

 
Lifeisabeach's Avatar
 
Member Since: Sep 30, 2007
Location: Wilmington, NC
Posts: 6,916
Lifeisabeach has a reputation beyond reputeLifeisabeach has a reputation beyond reputeLifeisabeach has a reputation beyond reputeLifeisabeach has a reputation beyond reputeLifeisabeach has a reputation beyond reputeLifeisabeach has a reputation beyond reputeLifeisabeach has a reputation beyond reputeLifeisabeach has a reputation beyond reputeLifeisabeach has a reputation beyond reputeLifeisabeach has a reputation beyond reputeLifeisabeach has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: iMac i3 (mid-2010) + OS 10.9; TV 3; iPhone 5S; iPad 4

Lifeisabeach is offline
It'd be at the root level of your hard drive. In the top folder where you'll see folders named System, Library, Users, and Applications. In the Finder, just click on your hard drive's icon in the sidebar to get there.

Of course, this is all assuming that the folder is there and thus the cause of your problem.


Please verify and include the exact model/year of your Mac and OS X version number (available from "About This Mac", then "More Info" on the Apple menu).
------
Links: Onyx | EasyFind | Apple Hardware Test | How to test your hard drive | The Safe Mac Adware Removal Guide | Uninstall MacKeeper
------
Lifeisabeach - Mac-Forums Member of the Month June 2009, Feb 2012, and March 2013.
Dogbreath

 
Dogbreath's Avatar
 
Member Since: Sep 03, 2010
Location: Charlotte, NC
Posts: 381
Dogbreath is a jewel in the roughDogbreath is a jewel in the rough
Mac Specs: mid 2010 Mac Mini OS 10.6.8 (SL), 2.66 GHz C2D, 8GB RAM, 30 in. Cinema Display

Dogbreath is offline
You're not using Time Machine?!?!?
Lifeisabeach

 
Lifeisabeach's Avatar
 
Member Since: Sep 30, 2007
Location: Wilmington, NC
Posts: 6,916
Lifeisabeach has a reputation beyond reputeLifeisabeach has a reputation beyond reputeLifeisabeach has a reputation beyond reputeLifeisabeach has a reputation beyond reputeLifeisabeach has a reputation beyond reputeLifeisabeach has a reputation beyond reputeLifeisabeach has a reputation beyond reputeLifeisabeach has a reputation beyond reputeLifeisabeach has a reputation beyond reputeLifeisabeach has a reputation beyond reputeLifeisabeach has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: iMac i3 (mid-2010) + OS 10.9; TV 3; iPhone 5S; iPad 4

Lifeisabeach is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dogbreath View Post
You're not using Time Machine?!?!?
It would be rather pointless to use it on the internal drive, now wouldn't it?


Please verify and include the exact model/year of your Mac and OS X version number (available from "About This Mac", then "More Info" on the Apple menu).
------
Links: Onyx | EasyFind | Apple Hardware Test | How to test your hard drive | The Safe Mac Adware Removal Guide | Uninstall MacKeeper
------
Lifeisabeach - Mac-Forums Member of the Month June 2009, Feb 2012, and March 2013.
Dogbreath

 
Dogbreath's Avatar
 
Member Since: Sep 03, 2010
Location: Charlotte, NC
Posts: 381
Dogbreath is a jewel in the roughDogbreath is a jewel in the rough
Mac Specs: mid 2010 Mac Mini OS 10.6.8 (SL), 2.66 GHz C2D, 8GB RAM, 30 in. Cinema Display

Dogbreath is offline
Sure it would . . . I was just hinting that everyone should back up their stuff. OK...I'll butt out.
Rafsob

 
Member Since: Jul 27, 2012
Posts: 26
Rafsob is an unknown at this point

Rafsob is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by lifeisabeach View Post
I think he told you he was having a problem with Mountain Lion, not Lion. This link is useless.
chscag

 
chscag's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jan 23, 2008
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Posts: 39,486
chscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: 27" iMac i5, 3.2 GHz, iPad 3, iPhone 5c, 3 iPods, OS X Mavericks

chscag is offline
He pointed to that article because the problem and fix are the same. He knows what he's doing....
chscag

 
chscag's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jan 23, 2008
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Posts: 39,486
chscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: 27" iMac i5, 3.2 GHz, iPad 3, iPhone 5c, 3 iPods, OS X Mavericks

chscag is offline
@fitnstrong

Do not cross post! You've now posted this same subject three times in two forums. Only post one time and continue with the same thread until it's resolved. Your cross posts have been removed.
Lifeisabeach

 
Lifeisabeach's Avatar
 
Member Since: Sep 30, 2007
Location: Wilmington, NC
Posts: 6,916
Lifeisabeach has a reputation beyond reputeLifeisabeach has a reputation beyond reputeLifeisabeach has a reputation beyond reputeLifeisabeach has a reputation beyond reputeLifeisabeach has a reputation beyond reputeLifeisabeach has a reputation beyond reputeLifeisabeach has a reputation beyond reputeLifeisabeach has a reputation beyond reputeLifeisabeach has a reputation beyond reputeLifeisabeach has a reputation beyond reputeLifeisabeach has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: iMac i3 (mid-2010) + OS 10.9; TV 3; iPhone 5S; iPad 4

Lifeisabeach is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rafsob View Post
I think he told you he was having a problem with Mountain Lion, not Lion. This link is useless.


So Chuckles, you "think" he told me…??? Get back to me when you are more certain. LOL! And while yer at it, since you are such a whiz, we're all ears for advice of your own for the OP's problem. Mine wasn't godsend nor was it ever portrayed as such, but was the best and most likely culprit at the time.


Please verify and include the exact model/year of your Mac and OS X version number (available from "About This Mac", then "More Info" on the Apple menu).
------
Links: Onyx | EasyFind | Apple Hardware Test | How to test your hard drive | The Safe Mac Adware Removal Guide | Uninstall MacKeeper
------
Lifeisabeach - Mac-Forums Member of the Month June 2009, Feb 2012, and March 2013.
chas_m

 
chas_m's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jan 22, 2010
Location: Victoria, BC
Posts: 16,678
chas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: 2012 MBP, Black speakers, Black Benq second monitor, black(ish) iPhone 5s, Black 2012 iPad, etc.

chas_m is offline
Having successfully (and remarkably easily!) installed Mountain Lion on a 2009 MacBook Pro, I know for a fact that it can run on a 2010 MacBook Pro.

Time Machine will back up changes to the machine's own internal HD if it is TURNED ON and there is no external HD present. So my guess would be that TM is turned on. Turning it off may be all that is necessary to make the upgrade work.
DRose1

 
Member Since: Nov 16, 2012
Location: Sydney, AUS
Posts: 1
DRose1 is on a distinguished road
Mac Specs: 2010 MacBook Pro, 2.4 GHz, 4 GB. Version 10.6.8

DRose1 is offline
Hey,

I think I have the same issue.
The only difference is that I downloaded Mountain Lion as a torrent (from a trusted source)
Mountain Lion won't install, I turned off the Time Machine thingy, but that didn't help.
bobtomay

 
bobtomay's Avatar
 
Member Since: Dec 22, 2006
Location: Texas, where else?
Posts: 25,017
bobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: 15" MBP 2.33 C2D 256 4GB, MBA 13" i7 1.8, MB 2.0 2GB, Nano 4th, 3GS, iPad 1

bobtomay is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by DRose1 View Post
Hey,

I think I have the same issue.
The only difference is that I downloaded Mountain Lion as a torrent (from a trusted source)
Mountain Lion won't install, I turned off the Time Machine thingy, but that didn't help.
We're not going to help you install a pirated copy of anything.
If you want Mountain Lion - spend the $20.
This thread is now closed.

I cannot be held responsible for the things that come out of my mouth.
In the Windows world, most everything folks don't understand is called a virus.

Thread Closed


« wireless hookup with mac book pro | Excel shortcuts completely changed. Virus? »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
How I went from an iBook G3 to a brand new 15" MacBook Pro for $50. TeeJaye Apple Notebooks 7 03-20-2013 12:44 AM
MacBook Pro Install Discs on a MacBook jmac123 OS X - Operating System 1 06-18-2012 10:22 PM
Getting ready for Mountain Lion: checking for compatibility OneMoreThing... Apple Rumors and Reports 0 06-12-2012 06:20 PM
Brand New Macbook Pro and Lion don't work? Help? KayboSasuke OS X - Operating System 6 02-12-2012 06:16 AM
Install 10.5 Onto MacBook Pro petechambers Apple Notebooks 3 06-02-2010 08:23 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:37 PM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
X

Welcome to Mac-Forums.com

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!


(4 digit year)

Already a member?