Swapped out hdd and cannot install OSX...

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by iag48, Oct 29, 2010.

  1. iag48 macrumors regular

    Jan 26, 2008
    I'm soo stupid. I swapped out the old hdd on my old black 2.0ghz macbook to a new one and tried to install OSX 10.5.x but it did not work. I forgot the black macbook shipped with OS-TIger and I do not have those discs anymore. I only have my Snow Leopard disc and the 10.5.x disc.
    What can I do? Can I use Time Machine and my external HDD to install the os on the new hdd?

    Thanks for the help.:(
  2. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    You can restore from your time machine backup, and it will be exactly as you left it.
  3. iag48 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 26, 2008
    So just swap back the original hdd with snow leopard, make a back with time machine and then install the new hdd? How do I get the restore from time machine in the new hdd? Do I need to use the snow leopard discs and it will give me the option?
    btw thanks for the fast response.
  4. kuwisdelu macrumors 65816

    Jan 13, 2008
    Did you format the new drive as HFS+? Use the Disk Utility in the menu when booting from the install DVD.

    You need to format the new drive before you can install OS X.

    After you install OS X, it should give you the option of restoring your system from Time Machine if you've made a backup of the old drive. Alternatively, you could just use the clean install.
  5. iag48 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 26, 2008
    I use the external HDD to back up files manually (no TM). I dont remember what format I used for it but its the one that allows me to copy files larger than 4gb.
    I ran into a new problem though. During the first back up, TM hangs on 1.66gb. I tried repairing the external hdd and it did not work. I then tried the Time Machine back up on my mbp and it worked perfectly. I'm starting to suspect the black macbook's hdd is the cause for the hang up. The reason I'm swapping HDD is because the apple genius told me the HDD is crash and will soon die.

    What do you think>?

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