Snow Leopard killed my iMac

Discussion in 'macOS' started by solarith, Oct 3, 2009.

  1. solarith macrumors newbie

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    I tried to install Snow Leopard.

    I got the error, "The contents of this disk can't be changed. Mac OS X couldn't be installed on this disk."

    I restarted, to boot from the startup disk, not the CD.

    And now it just goes to the grey screen and shuts off.

    Pressing "C" or "Opt - Command - P - R" or holding down the Power button for a while and then restarting, or trying "Command - V"..... none of it works.

    The machine just goes to the grey screen, the wheel spins, and it turns off.

    Thoughts? Did Snow Leopard just fry my hard drive????? If so, I'm P.O.'d!!!!
     
  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    either

    1) boot off the dvd

    2) boot off your system restore discs

    either way, you have a time machine backup right so you wont lose any data?

    your hdd is not dead
     
  3. solarith thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i boot off the dvd by holding down "C" with the dvd in the drive, correct?

    this doesn't work.
     
  4. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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  5. solarith thread starter macrumors newbie

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  6. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    If it was installing OS X at the time, the constant drive activity will at times push a bad drive into the grave.

    OS isn't killing it, just pushing a corpse into its grave.

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    Edit: Especially since drives these days seem to be as consumable as batteries ...
     
  7. solarith thread starter macrumors newbie

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  9. Richard1028 macrumors 68000

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    Your Snow Leopard disk is crap. There have been lots of people here with that issue.

    Like suggested before me. Try to boot from your old "Leopard" DVD using the same key sequences already suggested.
     
  10. solarith thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The snow leopard disc installed fine on a macbook i have.

    Pressing keys on the keyboard does nothing.
     
  11. ivnj macrumors 65816

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    Hold the option key down before you turn on the machine. Keep it held down till you hear the fans and then you'll see which drive to boot from. Sometimes its too late by the time you turn it on. Hold down the option key first before you turn it on and not after. If you can boot to the cd open disk utility and run repair permissions on the hd. Worth a try.
     

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