"Cannot Install Mac OS X"

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by blainewhite, Aug 21, 2009.

  1. blainewhite macrumors newbie

    Aug 21, 2009
    Help Please!

    I have a macbook, and it came with Leopard on it. I just bought a new internal hard drive for my macbook, and I installed the new hard drive. Now when I try to install leopard (retail version), I get an error message that it cannot be installed. I partitioned the drive to be mac osx extended journaled, and I clicked the option for GUID. The reason I am using the retail version of Leopard instead of the discs that came with the computer is becuase I lost them at apple and no longer have disc 1, so I purchased the retail version.

    What can I do?

    I found another thread about this but the problem was the the user was using a disc that came with someone elses computer I believe?
  2. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    how old is your MacBook and how old is the Leopard install disk?
    You can get a replacement for disk 1 from Apple.
  3. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

    Jan 16, 2008
    Bristol, UK
    When Apple releases a new Mac (even if it's just a small tweak to a product line), they often change hardware that requires new drivers to be integrated into the OS.

    As such, any retail discs produced before a specific model of Mac is released are unlikely to support that computer.

    In your case, it sounds like the retail disc you have is older than the computer you have (and it doesn't have a necessary driver).

    If you can, go into an Apple Store and they should be able to give you the necessary disc.

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