Screwed up while erasing HD, now what?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by satyasada, Apr 30, 2013.

  1. satyasada macrumors newbie

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    I'm preparing my old black macbook for sale (sigh....) to help offset the cost of my shiny new macbook pro.

    I did a 7-pass erase of the volume "Macintosh HD", reinstalled everything from the install disks the computer came with, and then installed Snow Leopard. probably should have called it a day, but.....

    Because I'm paranoid, I was on the disk utility gathering the proper information to post a question here about whether erasing "Macintosh HD" is sufficient if it is the only volume, or whether I also need to erase "149.1 Hitatchi...."

    Inadvertently I pressed erase (with the Hitachi highlighted) , and although I stopped it as soon as I could, I now have "Untitled" where "Macintosh HD" was and I"m not sure what other consequences.

    How can I rename the untitled volume to Macintosh HD again and is there anything else I should do to repair whatever it is that I did? I assume I'll need to start over with installing the operating systems.
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    If you already completed the Setup Assistant and have created an account for the new user, go to Finder, press CMD+SHIFT+C and select the Untitled volume and press CMD+I and then go to the Name and Extension section of that Get Info window.

    If you have not created a new account, just do a clean install, should not take more than 3o minutes.

    To create a Clean Install (formerly known as Erase & Install) of Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard (the 19 USD Upgrade DVD is a fully working retail version of Mac OS X and does not need a prior installation of Mac OS X on the Mac), follow one of the following guides:
     
  3. satyasada thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks so much for your speedy reply!

    I did complete the Setup Assistant, but it seems whatever I did has rendered the operating system on the hard drive useless. The original install disk is in the computer and when I try to quit the installer and have to select a startup disk, the hard drive is not an option - just the disk and network startup.

    So I can't even eject the install disk, it looks like I'll have to reinstall. Does that seem right?

    Also, as I side note, my intention on starting with the original disks was to provide the new owner with iPhoto and the other iLife things that I think are not on the Snow Leopard dvd, but please let me know if that's not true!
     

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