Can't install Snow Leopard on MBP!

mgrimes08

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Mar 5, 2012
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Okay, I'm going to try to keep this brief:

  • I am trying to fix a friend's MBP, so I took out his old hard drive and replaced it with another one.
  • I inserted the Snow Leopard disc only to get an error message after boot up that read something like "Mac OSX cannot be installed on this drive, etc."
  • If I don't insert the Snow Leopard disc, the computer boots up to a screen with a flashing folder that has a question mark on it.
  • Did some research: Found that the problem may be solvable using target disc mode. I have a second MBP and a firewire cable. Tried using both of them as the "target" computers (because the threads are VERY vague as to which one needs to be the target). Neither worked.
  • Can't figure out if I'm doing right, but nothing's working.
  • WHAT SHOULD I DO?!

If you have questions, just let me know. I want to solve this issue, but I'm not sure there is a viable solution...

-M
 

mgrimes08

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Mar 5, 2012
3
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I would try to format the disk using Disk Utility first...
Without the install disk in the DVD drive, I get the blinking folder/question mark popping up. When the disk is in the drive, I can open up Disk Utility, but it will not allow me to format/erase/partition the drive. This is a much more complex problem. haha