Replaced Internal HDD Formatting

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by dobbler, May 13, 2008.

  1. dobbler macrumors newbie

    May 13, 2008

    I just had a hard drive die in my old 20" G5 iMac 2.0GHz PPC (Pre iSight) and I've just installed another 250Gb SATA drive and booted to the install disc.

    The install is now looking for the destination volume to install OSX but nothing is showing up. I presume I have to format the drive first. I'm very familiar with that procedure on a PC but in all my years of using macs I've never had to do it!

    If anyone could shed some light on it for me it would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance,

  2. dobbler thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 13, 2008
    Found it..

    Ok, I found the disk utility on the start up disk.. Totally missed the top bar.. Duh..

    So, now I'm wondering what the best format is, Mac OS Extended Journaled or what?

    Anyone have any experience with this?


  3. Neil321 macrumors 68040


    Nov 6, 2007
    Britain, Avatar Created By Bartelby
    Yep Mac OS Extended journaled ( HFS+ )
  4. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    You also need to click on the drive, go to partition, option, and choose a partition scheme (for imac it's not windows, not fat).

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