macbook pro with leopard wont boot!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by gm1644, Feb 19, 2009.

  1. gm1644 macrumors newbie

    Feb 19, 2009
    pleease help! i am having a huge problem with my macbook pro running leopard. i was originally trying to partition my hardrive for windows with boot camp but that failed cause it "couldnt move files" so i ran disk utility with the installation disk to fix the harddrive.

    anyways next thing i know i boot my computer and it stops at the blue login screen before it has the option to login with the spinning wheel and does a loop of blue screens with spinning wheel. wont boot in safe mode and it always stops at the same screen. so i looked around on the web and it sounded like a had to archive and install. so i did that and then half an hour in it told me i had a corrupt file and i had to restart.

    so i restarted and then it brought me straight to the leopard installation screen and told me that "mac osx cannot be upgraded to v10.5 on your computer" because "macosx 10.4 or later could not be found"!!! i used the disk util to repair the hard drive but it said everything was fine. i cant safe boot, it wont give me the option to archive and install again its only giving me the option to erase my whole harddrive!

    pleeease help! i have not backed up in 2 months! is there anyway to get this to start up or back up some files from this point?
  2. be300test macrumors member

    Nov 7, 2008
    i hate saying it...but i would install leopard over top of leopard on there, grab your files and reinstall the os.


    install leopard on external drive...grab files and reformat.

    i would reformat after backup either way to be safe.
  3. gm1644 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 19, 2009
    thanks for the reply however...

    thanks for the reply. for some reason though it doesnt seem to see my current osx after the "archive and install" got corrupted so it doesnt give me the option to update leopard over it.

    regarding your second idea, i dont quite understand. how do i intall leopard on my external drive?

    thank you sooo much!

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