How to erase hard drive without cd or on desktop?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Snkedoc, Jun 4, 2011.

  1. Snkedoc macrumors newbie

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    Okay so I recently lost my hard drive. I got a new one on eBay and I believe it has a newer version of Mac OS. I do have the OS 10.4 (tiger) (whoch should work for my laptop) but when I turn on my computer I get the apple logo and the spinnig wheel for hours. If I put the disk in there and hold c I get the same thing. If I hold option with the disk in there it shows me the hard drive disk looking thing and once I click it it does thR apple logo spinning wheel. I believe if I erase the hard drive and reinstall my Mac OS 10.4 that it will work fine. I don't need the newest OS just a laptop that works. I have replaced the hard drive before with no problems but my idiot son put a magnet on my last one wiping it out so I was forced to buy a new one only to be stuck with this
    Problem.
     
  2. tug macrumors 6502

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    sounds like the drive you bought is bad or its not seated properly. try re-seating it and see if it makes a difference.
     
  3. Bear macrumors G3

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    What machine do you have? What version of the OS is on the disk you bought? And do you really want to trust your data to a disk with who knows what type of software on it?

    Also, if the OS on the disk you bought was from the original install for a different model, there's a strong chance it won't work on your system.

    And it wouldn't be legal anyway.
     
  4. Snkedoc thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Im not sure but i wanna say it was made in 2006-2008. It's a older one. I wanted to erase the whole hard drive and out my tiger on it which should wok on my laptop.
     
  5. Bear macrumors G3

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    Boot from the installation DVD and on the Menu bar there will be a tool option. Select Disk Utility from Tools - you can repartition and erase the disk from there.
     
  6. Snkedoc thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I can't. If you read the first post I posted when I put the cd in and hold c it shows the disk and when I click it I get the apple logo and spinning wheel and it stays on that screen. I can't get to the desktop and the cd won't take me anywhere
     

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