Mac OS "This software cannot be installed on this computer"

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by nikilocopapi, Feb 1, 2009.

  1. nikilocopapi macrumors newbie

    Feb 1, 2009
    Just replaced a nonworking HD in a Macbook. Seagate, just like the old one, plugged in & found it & partitioned in Disk Utility, however, after naming the HD, when I go back to reinsall the OS from the original disks, I get an alert "This software cannot be installed on this computer" and the options to either Restart (which gets you back to the same place) or Startup Disk, which gives you the option to choose the OS install disk to restart or a Network Startup (with a question mark on it). The newly installed HD does not show up here, altho it can be seen in disk utility. Any thoughts?
  2. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    Make sure the drive is formatted as Mac OS Journaled.
  3. Peace macrumors Core


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    Use your startup disk utilities and format it for Mac OS Extended (Journaled)


    Great minds think a few seconds after others.:p


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