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  1. #1
    New Install, FAT system HELP!
    I've just finished replacing imac 10,1 HDD due to smart failure.
    I've replaced the drive with a 2TB one formatted in FAT32.
    I've booted my mavericks installer USB, but it's saying the drive needs to be formatted in GUIP or something.
    Is there a bootable option or some bootable freeware I can install in order to change the format/fat of the drive so I can continue the mavericks install?
    Please help ASAP!
    thanks!

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    New Install, FAT system HELP!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dusterdust View Post
    Is there a bootable option or some bootable freeware I can install in order to change the format/fat of the drive so I can continue the mavericks install?
    Why was the HD formatted FAT32? Why not format it with the normally proper way for Apple computers…which is Mac OS Extended Journaled?

    By the way. If the HD came pre-formatted FAT32…the first step before doing anything is to format it for use with a Macintosh computer.

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    The only way I can see formatting it properly is to buy a USB enclosure hook it up and format it properly, then install it?
    Or rip apart my PC and hook it up with a sata cable, format it somehow in windows, then install it.

    There must be a way to boot into a disk utility from a USB drive, format it to the proper FAT and install Mavericks.

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    New Install, FAT system HELP!
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    You said that you had a Mavericks Installer USB (which should be bootable). This bootable installer I think should have Disk Utility on it. So after booting...you would launch Disk Utility…format the HD…quit Disk Utility...then do the Mavericks install.

    Also. You can boot the computer and install the last OS version that was on it via Internet Recovery. To do this…boot the computer pressing command + r. Eventually you should see this screen (below)…and Internet Recovery should begin:



    Part of this process should be formatting the HD. Then the install of the OS.

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    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
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    When you boot the Mavericks installer USB, there should be a way to cancel the installation and get returned to the desktop. There you should find Utilities and in that Disk Utility. From there you can format the HD in Mac OS Extended Journaled, which should let you then install Mavericks on it.

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    MacInWin
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    Nick beat me to it. I type too slowly!

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    New Install, FAT system HELP!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacInWin View Post
    Nick beat me to it. I type too slowly!
    Same great info 2x!

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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