Can't install OsX on external Drive... HELP

harryhaller

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Jul 13, 2007
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My internal HD died and I thought that as an alternative solution while I change the internal disk, is trying to install OsX in an external Lacie FireWire400 250 gb HD disk, but it seems not to work so far, I boot the computer using the (OsX 10.4.0 retail version -because I don't have the original disks-) I run the installation selecting my external HD but almost at the end (2 min before finishing) keeps in giving me an error message saying "please try to install again" I have done this many times already and it doesn't seems to work in any possible way. I have done partitions of the drive, formatted it on every possible way and it doesn't work...
any suggestions???
I have a laptop PowerBook G4 1.5
 

FJ218700

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Mar 8, 2007
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try a stripped down install. the last two minutes are generally printer drivers and language translations. you don't need these. It sounds like the BSD is getting written fine.
 

DanB91

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Jun 12, 2007
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maybe ur disc is dirty, try cleaning it. if that doesnt work, do what the poster above me said
 

jtrwallace

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Jul 4, 2007
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Yeah, and try formatting the drive as HFS+ before you do the install if it isn't already. Make sure to erase everything. It definitely is possible, I installed Leopard onto the same hard drive you are referring to.
 

harryhaller

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Jul 13, 2007
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Still does not work

I tried all that but keeps in giving me the same message... it is really annoying and nothing seems to be wrong with the computer except the boroken internal hard disk, do you think I should take it apart?
regards
 

Shadow

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Feb 17, 2006
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When you formatted what kind of partition table did you make it? And is your Mac PPC or Intel?

EDIT: Just re-read your first post and saw its a PowerBook, so PowerPC. You'll need to format the disk as HFS+ and with an Apple Partition Map. To do this go to Disk Utlility --> Select the disk --> Partition --> Options --> Apple Partition Map --> 1 partition as HFS+. Then continue installation as normal,