Snow Leopard install failing

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by mgriffin, Apr 21, 2011.

  1. mgriffin macrumors newbie

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    My drive crashed in my macbook pro so I replaced the drive. Format of the drive is correct but when I try to install snow leopard I get a failure as soon as it starts the install process. Could this be a bad hard drive?
     
  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    More likely that the partition scheme isn't GPT, which is required.
     
  3. mgriffin thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I set up and partitioned the drive extended(Journaled) and selected GUID as the instructions state.
     
  4. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    But what failure did you experience? What error message?
     
  5. satcomer macrumors 603

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    Are installing this on an Intel Mac? Which Mac are you try to install 10.6.x onto?
     
  6. benthewraith macrumors 68040

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    Are you making sure to install from the recovery disks or are you trying to install from the Snow Leopard upgrade disk?
     
  7. mgriffin thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I am installing on a mid 2009 Macbook Pro Intel. I have tried the recovery disc and a new copy of snow leopard. None seem to want to work. It fails in the exact same spot every time just as the install starts.
     
  8. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    What is the failure? A message? or does it just hang?
     
  9. mgriffin thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It gives no real reason. Just says software failed to install. Just a big FAILURE on the screen with a reboot button.
     
  10. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    Open the Installer Log, and have a look at it. (Press :apple:+L to open it.) Set the detail level to All. Does that tell you anything useful? Even if you're unable to decipher it, save it somewhere, and let one of us look it over.
     
  11. mgriffin thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'll give this a try today. I was also thinking of making a ghost image of the drive on my other macbook pro and install from that.
     

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