leopard no install destination available..

nielssiem

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Oct 27, 2007
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I bought family pack.
Installing leopard on imac went fine.

Now i try to install leopard on my mac book pro.
During the installation routine. I have to choose a destination were I want to install leopard on..I would expect to see my harddisk..but noting is available..i can't make any selection.

Can someone help me? Thanks in advance.
 

Shaduu

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Jan 31, 2007
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I bought family pack.
Installing leopard on imac went fine.

Now i try to install leopard on my mac book pro.
During the installation routine. I have to choose a destination were I want to install leopard on..I would expect to see my harddisk..but noting is available..i can't make any selection.

Can someone help me? Thanks in advance.
How much space have you got free on your drive? If your free space is insufficient, Leopard won't install. Saying that, your drive should still show up regardless of whether you have enough space or not.

Try an Apple store? :eek:
 
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Sijmen

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Sep 7, 2005
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I called AppleCare for the same problem, and according to the rep I wasn't the first experiencing it. This has also come up a couple of times here on the forums.

The rep told me to click in the empty space (where the drives should be) to refresh the listing. After a couple of times the drive should show up. Others have reported that waiting also works.
 
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Luap

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Jul 5, 2004
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Yes.. Quite a well documented problem already.. But in all cases I heard about, simply waiting will cure it. It can take several minutes on occasion though..
 
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nielssiem

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Original poster
Oct 27, 2007
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Yes.. Quite a well documented problem already.. But in all cases I heard about, simply waiting will cure it. It can take several minutes on occasion though..
But there seems no accurate solution. Waited already 60 minutes, 40 gb available and also click in the window were the hd icon should appear.
 
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jersey

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Jul 9, 2007
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i had the same problem. Make sure you're updated all the way. I had an efi bootrom update for my mb I had neglected. After installing it, the install DVD found my drive.
 
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skinnylegs

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May 8, 2006
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I had the same problem. I turned my computer off the on again with the DVD still in and it worked for me. Smooth sailing ever since.....
 
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lorax3

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Jun 25, 2007
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Install

I had the exact same issue, and looking around Apple's support forums I found a "solution"
When at the "Select a Destination" screen go up to the menu bar and open Disk Utility, as you will see your main HDD is there, but your OS X partition is missing. I just click on my hard drive, and waited ten mins and the drive re-appeared.

Although it seems like a lame solution, it worked for me and many others.

Check this forum topic on Apple Discussions for more Info.

http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=5647688&#5647688

Update:
Apparently this works also
"We solved it:
at the "select destination" screen it stops and shows nothing
open up terminal from utilities
type df -k
firt time, the internal volume isn't seen
type df -k again
now the volume is there!
close terminal and continue."
 
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happydude

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Sep 2, 2006
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a gasping dying planet
problem solved for us

we just restarted the computer, ejected the disc. reinserted the disc, started up the installer, when restarted and installer up and going, the HD was found.
 
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finchwizard

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Nov 15, 2005
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Just for reference.

I had it happen earlier.

The reason it takes a while to show up on some machines is that the installer is doing a file system check on the disc first.
It would of been nice to have something saying that, but ah well.

You just need to wait till the disk has finished it's check, then it will show up.
 
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Hobofuzz

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Oct 9, 2006
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I posted this in an earlier thread:

Try this in the terminal.

Code:
diskutil list disk0
If your disk is not the first one, then replace disk0 with whatever number the disk is minus 1.

What you should see is a list of the partitions on the disk. Look for the one that says "Apple_HFS". Take note of the entry on the right, in the "identifier" column.

Now, type
Code:
 diskutil mount (whatever the identifier was from the list)
It will take about a minute or two, but it should mount, and you'll be all set.

An even easier way to do this is to just type:
Code:
diskutil mountDisk
It should mount the first disk in your system, along with ALL partitions on it. If you only have one partition on that drive, it should make things much easier, but if you have more than one partition because of Bootcamp or something, the "diskutil mount" command is quicker.
 
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craigp

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Feb 28, 2007
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Thanks for your help guys. I had the same problem with a friend's machine that I was upgrading for him, and this solved it.

First builds of new Apple OS versions, eh? I love being an early adopter.
 
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