New Hard Drive

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by MarCB720, Aug 31, 2009.

  1. MarCB720 macrumors newbie

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    Hello to everybody, Please be gentle. this is my first post.

    Need a tip! My system is Unibody MBP 17" with 2.66Mhz 320Gb and 4Gb ram which I will be replacing this afternoon with Seagate momentus 500Gb SATA 3.0 with 7200 rpm. I think I can handle that part.

    What I am unsure of is, upon replacement, how do I Install fresh copy of Snow Leopard 10.6. I have already backed it up. Should I reformat the hard drive first? and if so, I guess, I can go there through "Utilities", correct?

    I just do not know the right sequence and this is the first time I will be opening my Mac.

    thanks in advance.

    Marc
     
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    I believe you just pop it in and boot from the SL DVD.
     
  3. crazycat macrumors 65816

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    Just pop in the OS X DVD and boot from it, i did the same thing.
     
  4. Hellhammer Moderator

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    I installed SL to wiped HD without problems. Tiger users have also been able to "upgrade" so it won't check for Leopard.
     
  5. MarCB720 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So, I don't really need to do any partitioning or formatting of the HD to HFS GUID Journaled, and all of those procesess and jsut pop in the Snow L?

    Thanks
    :)
     
  6. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Yes
     
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  8. tbayrgs macrumors 603

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    Sorry to OP for the mild thread hijack but I'm in a similar situation. I'm getting ready to do some surgery on my Mac Mini (RAM and HD upgrade) and was wondering if I should upgrade to SL before I clone and swap drives or after? I'm guessing it probably doesn't matter but figured I check before I get started.

    Thanks in advance.
     

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