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

Discussion in 'macOS' started by harryhaller, Jul 13, 2007.

  1. harryhaller macrumors newbie

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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
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    It'd be a good idea to look at the installation log to see what's going wrong.
     
  3. FJ218700 macrumors 68000

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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.
     
  4. DanB91 macrumors 6502

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    maybe ur disc is dirty, try cleaning it. if that doesnt work, do what the poster above me said
     
  5. FJ218700 macrumors 68000

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    also, unplug any other third-party peripherals
     
  6. jtrwallace macrumors member

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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.
     
  7. harryhaller thread starter macrumors newbie

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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
     
  8. Shadow macrumors 68000

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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,
     

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