Can't install tiger - Can't format hardrive.

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  1. kingwilk macrumors newbie

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    Hello there.

    A friend of mine recently borrowed my iBook and installed Ubuntu Hardy Heron 8.04 for me. I decided i no longer wanted this and wished to install tiger again. I found out quickly that the hard drive hadn't been partitioned with extra space and was full of linux bits. I used an older Ubuntu live cd to remove the main two partitions and have the linux swap (can't delete), an unidentified section (?) and alot of free space. I have a feeling this is why when i start my computer with the disk in, (option and c have both been tried) it only shows a flashing folder with a question mark. :mad:

    Any help would be greatly apreciated,
    Will
     
  2. superbovine macrumors 68030

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    you did try putting in your tiger cd and blowing away the drive right?
     
  3. kingwilk thread starter macrumors newbie

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    you did try putting in your tiger cd and blowing away the drive right?

    not 100% on what you mean by blowing away the hard drive, but i have tried an original and fake version of tiger, neither of which work (not that i expected my brothers fake copy to work anyways)

    Am contemplating taking my mac into my local apple store.

    Any other ideas?
     
  4. superbovine macrumors 68030

    superbovine

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    Use the disk utility when you boot up to the install disk to parition and format your drive = blow away
     
  5. kingwilk thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Maybe i didn't make this clear - the computer isn't even detecting the Tiger discs. The CD drive does work though as i have used it in Ubuntu.
     
  6. toolbox macrumors 68020

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    Can you put your tiger disk in and press "C" and it should then boot from the cd media. Use diskutility to remove all linux partitions.
     
  7. cybaster macrumors member

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    holding C would work, or holding the option key as well.

    If that doesn't work (i really wouldn't know why it wouldn't)
    you can try to do target disk mode if you have another mac (holding T)
    and reformat the drive (make sure its formatted Apple Partition Map)
     
  8. kingwilk thread starter macrumors newbie

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    have tried all of those things. Unfortunatly i have no other mac, but is it possible to use a USB HDD?
     
  9. toolbox macrumors 68020

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    Can you take the hdd out of it and mount it in another computer and erase it? your friends computer perhaps?
     

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