Reinstalling 10.6

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

  1. dvd1984 macrumors newbie

    Jun 26, 2011
    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


    Mar 3, 2008
    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" 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

    Jun 26, 2011
    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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