Reinstalling 10.6

Discussion in 'macOS' started by dvd1984, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. dvd1984 macrumors newbie

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    I tried installing Lion today but ran into issues and it deleted my boot drive. Now I'm trying to reinstall 10.6.6 from my install disc but I get the message saying that it can't be installed because a newer version (10.6.8) is installed. I am unable to repair the discs by using disc utility. Anyone know a way around this?
     
  2. r0k macrumors 68040

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    Sadly the best way to recover from this sort of thing is a wipe and install. You launch disk utility from the install dvd, format the disk HFS+ journaled and then pick the newly formatted disk to install to. I suggest you don't give up on Lion just yet. Why not give Apple a call about the missing boot drive and see if they have a quick fix for you. Lion creates a recovery partition so it may have had an unexpected side effect if you have already partitioned your hdd into more than 1 partitions, ie boot camp, etc.

    Over at Ars, they have instructions to make a Lion "boot thumb drive" so you never have to fall back to a Snow Leopard DVD even if your HDD dies completely and the recovery partition is missing. Of course if Lion is done installing, it has already deleted "Install OS X Lion.app" which has the disk image inside. Using disk utility, you still might be able to copy the Lion recovery partition to a dmg file and burn it to a dvd or thumb drive.
     
  3. dvd1984 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the reply. I spent a couple hours on the phone last night with Apple and a couple hours today. It appears that somehow one of my drives is bad so I have to take it in under warranty. Funny because the drives all seemed to be fine until I went to install Lion. Oh well, I'm getting a new hard drive out of this.
     

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