FULL system wipe with no OS

Discussion in 'macOS' started by mungai, Mar 8, 2010.

  1. mungai macrumors newbie

    mungai

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    Hey,
    My friend recently acquired a MBP off his flat mate with windows 7 installed on it, He tried to boot a snow leopard cd through the boot up screen then holding c onto the MBP but it failed to install.
    So now he can’t even allocate where he wants to install it and because it failed it doesn’t even load windows it just appears with system error after he boots the laptop

    1) So I was wondering what your advice would be to do?

    I thought about doing a full system wipe, then I heard you could reinstall it via connecting it to another Mac or imac in our case then reinstalling it via the imac and selecting the MBP hard drive to install it into?

    2) Is this possible?
    3) Also the flat mate lost the gray cds that macs come with, so would the snow leopard be ok? Or is it just a system update not a full OS?
     
  2. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    Try holding down the "opt" key on startup. You should then be able to select the Snow Leopard DVD as the boot volume.
     
  3. mungai thread starter macrumors newbie

    mungai

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    i dunno, he said when he boots it up and tried to reinstall mac OS on it, it doesnt let him choose where he can designate the OS to. S:
    but he will bring it to uni tomorrow so i will check it out further then
    but thanks for your input :) will try it tomorrow
     
  4. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    It's probably that the drive could have previously been reformatted/repartitioned for Windows. It needs to be a GUID partition (not MBR) formatted for Mac OS Extended (journaled). (Use Disk Utility.)

    Upon starting the Snow Leopard install, wait until after you select the language. Now you can select Disk Utility from the tools/extras menu [to perform the above partitioning and formatting tasks.
     
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  6. mungai thread starter macrumors newbie

    mungai

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    thanks for the guides :)... but they dont really make any sense to me heh :/
    but looking at the file systems, none of them are really the situation i have at the moment :/
    as he cant run either windows or mac OS but i boot it up myself tomorrow and check as he was explaining to me his issue via text thanks again :)
     

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