Problem installing new hard drive

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by wr0x2, Jun 17, 2006.

  1. wr0x2 macrumors member

    Oct 12, 2003
    The hdd on my TiBook g4 died, so I bought a new one to replace it. The drive is a WD 80gb drive. Install was easy, and I opened disk utility from my 10.3 install disk. I formatted the disk and gave it one partition, hfs+, journaled. I return to the installer and it reccognizes the disk, but it gives me the error "You cannot install mac os x on this volume. You cannot startup you computer using this volume." I google the error and end up here. Everything seems like it should be fine. Info lists the disk partition scheme as "Apple_partition_scheme", just like the site says. What am I doing wrong here?
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    Are they discs that came with a different Mac? The link you gave relates to Intel and PPC machines, but I don't think that's your problem here. Maybe try formatting the drive again. :)
  3. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    Instead of using the Partition tab in Disk Utility, use the Erase tab instead.
  4. wr0x2 thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 12, 2003
    I have done both, still doesn't work.

    *edit* well, I rebooted and the install continues just fine. Thread over, maybe someone else can be helped by reading this.

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