woo hoo I got OSX today now help me get passed my first problem please

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Ecodisk, Jan 3, 2006.

  1. Ecodisk macrumors member

    Ecodisk

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    #1
    I was going to install osx on a spare hard drive I had laying around I got all the way to the part were it asks you to choose a drive to install it on....the drive wasn't there. I opened up the disk utility thing and told it to fix the drive and format it to an apple format instead of dos. Now I go back to the installer and the hard drive is there, but it says that I can't install anything on it. What am I doing wrong?
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    What sort of Mac is it? Is it relatively new? You may need a firmware hack if it's old. :)
     
  3. Ecodisk thread starter macrumors member

    Ecodisk

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    Its a Blue and White G3 with 128mb of ram. I am trying to install osx 10.3
     
  4. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    I think that'll need a firmware update although I never worked with any of those older Macs so I could be wrong. Try the appropriate patch all the same. :)
     
  5. Ecodisk thread starter macrumors member

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    Ok while I was waiting for a reply I restarted and tried again and it worked. I guess you are suppose to restart the installation if your drives are not ready when you first start it up?
     
  6. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    I ran into exactly this, and it's not limited to older Macs--for whatever reason, if you format a drive from the install DVD, it won't recognize it as an installable disk until you've restarted.

    Pretty minor glitch, but it can be confusing.
     
  7. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Can you even boot off an external FireWire drive using the B&W? I tried it on mine and it never worked. I just shared a DVD-ROM around all of them to install Tiger.

    If that firmware update always Target Disk mode I'm installing it. <.<
     

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