Trouble booting off retail SL disc

Discussion in 'macOS' started by brainwave89, May 23, 2012.

  1. brainwave89 macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2006
    I have a 2011 iMac that has Lion installed. I just replaced the 1TB with a bare bones 3TB hard drive. I have a retail Snow Leopard disc that has previously worked great but when I press the Option key I can see the external hard drive that has my Time Machine backup and the retail SL disc. When I choose the SL disc the only thing I end up seeing the Apple logo.

    I just booted off the same disc connected to a MacBook Air successfully. On the MBA the install of SL is working great.

    I ended up formatting the new hard drive via Target Disk Mode.

    Any suggestions on how I can get my Time Machine backup to the new hard drive would be appreciated.
  2. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    That iMac shipped with a later version of Snow Leopard than the 10.6.3 (maximum) that would be on your retail disk. Only the original disks that came with that computer would work, not a retail disk. You can call Apple and order a replacement set if necessary.


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