Hard Drive Died - Upgrade Question

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by zcamann, Nov 20, 2007.

  1. zcamann macrumors newbie

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    The 80 gig hard drive on my PB 1.5 Ghz G4 died. I have the contents backed up :). I went to macservice.com and ordered the 250 gig western digital drive – which I am assuming will be shipped back to me blank.

    Here is my question: How do I install Leopard on a blank unformatted hard drive? Can I stick in the DVD and start up holding the C key? Will the computer even start if the drive is blank? Thanks for you help.
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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  3. keirnna macrumors regular

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    What Eidorian said. Just stick your Leopard DVD in and it will pretty much take care of the rest for you. Do you know how to physically remove the old drive and install the new one? ifixit.com seems to be a good place for detailed instructions.
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    It's painfully easy on later model Aluminum PowerBooks. The earlier 15.4" models had a stupid latch next to the optical drive. They remove this on the later models and make the keyboard cable longer too.
     
  5. zcamann thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Formatting

    Ok, so the computer will be able to start even though there is nothing on the hard drive? I was just worried that I would hit the power button and it would just sit there dormant.

    Is there a particular format to put it in? I do ot really know the difference between any of them or which should be used.
     
  6. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I've powered on computers without RAM or processors for testing. :p

    You'd be fine booting without a hard drive at all.
     
  7. zcamann thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Too late, I already spent the money at macservice. I'd rather spend it and have it done right than mess it all up. I did manage to install ram by myself.
     
  8. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Well then it'll be even more painless when you get it back.
     
  9. zcamann thread starter macrumors newbie

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    This is all very comforting to know. At least I will be able to fix it easy. I'm just a little clueless on the formatting issue. Do I use HFS+?
     
  10. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    HFS+ with journaling.
     
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