Format MacBook 2.0 hard drive?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by VintageMac, Nov 8, 2007.

  1. VintageMac macrumors member

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    I am continuing to have trouble with my MacBook 2.0 and want to reformat my hard drive, but am getting stuck. I booted up with disk 1 and got the point where I click on "erase" but nothing happens. I've spent the last hour searching for basic instructions on how to do this, but am coming up empty. Any suggestions?

    Vintage
     
  2. lallenlowe macrumors member

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    easier

    just choose the "erase and instal" option, that'll do it. Or download a certain Live linux Distro called Gparted boot off of it and do it the slightly harder way. If you have any more specific questions, just post them! :)

    lallenlowe
     
  3. VintageMac thread starter macrumors member

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    Where do I find this option? My startup disk is 10.4.8.

    Vintage
     
  4. lallenlowe macrumors member

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    hmmmm, well...

    I know where it is on the leopard install DVD, but I've never actually installed Tiger, hmmmmmm. Well there are four options:

    1. I fly out to where you live and do it for you

    2. You figure out how to erase and install by checking all available options and advanced tabs, tec, or using disk utility form the DVD maybe

    3. You buy leopard cause it's easier than snot on there

    4. Or you download and run GParted
     
  5. VintageMac thread starter macrumors member

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    Now I'm really confused-- do I have three or four options...?

    I am using Disk Utility off of the Start Up Disk #1, but as I said before, when I click on "erase" nothing happens, actually it reloads the same screen.

    Vintage
     
  6. lallenlowe macrumors member

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    ok the REAL three options

    1. find someone else who knows more about the tiger installer

    2. BUY LEOPARD

    3. get Gparted
     
  7. Slip macrumors 6502a

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    Hmm, when you boot off of the DVD you should have some options on what sort of install you would like to do. You only have 2 option, those being Erase & Install and Archive & Install. What you want is the Erase & Install option. It will tell you that all data will be erased etc etc and then wipe the hard drive clean and install a fresh copy of Tiger.
    If that fails you could always boot off the DVD and then access Disk Util. from the Utilities Menu and try the Erase tab, but seeing as that doesn't work for you its not really an option ;) If all else fails I would try that again though
    Hope thats OK (Y)
     
  8. VintageMac thread starter macrumors member

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    Found it! I tried again, this time not using "Disk Utility," but the "Installer." The first screen on the Installer looks like it is only to install additional software, but the second (or was it third) screen gave the "erase and install" option. Clicking on "install" in order to erase is sort of like clicking on "Start" to in order to shut down as I saw on another computer one time...

    Thanks for your help.

    Vintage
     
  9. lallenlowe macrumors member

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    Sweet

    there you go dude, I didn't even have to fly out! :D
     

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