2010 27" iMac with "damaged" hard drive

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Candlelight, May 3, 2015.

  1. Candlelight macrumors 6502a

    Candlelight

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    Trying to reinstall this machine but keep getting the error "Mountain Lion can not be installed on this machine as drive xxxxxx is damaged and can't be repaired."

    Yet when I boot into an alternate OS and use both Disk Utility and Disk Warrior on it it says the drive is viable and healthy.

    How should I begin trouble shooting this? Can a 2010 model drive be replaced with an off the shelf drive without the fans tearing off to 100% or do they have to use Apple 'brands'?
     
  2. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    Have you tried re-initializing the drive before you attempt to do the re-install of the OS?
     
  3. Candlelight thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Candlelight

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    Yeah I have. I even opened her up and swapped the drive for another one, same result.
     
  4. Candlelight thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Candlelight

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    Alright, turns out this machine had Yosemite on it at some point but arrived on my desk with a new drive in it.

    Yosemite is currently installing fine so I'm chalking this up to a firmware issue preventing older OS's from installing.

    Pity. Yosemite doesn't allow the software I need to run on it. Oh well.
     

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