trying to erase a disk

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  1. groovdudeyo macrumors regular

    groovdudeyo

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    so something went wrong when I was installing leopard and it said that I ahd to erase and restore the disk or something like that. Now I know exactly how to do this but what im wondering is will this completely delete everything on the disk all the applications and such? it has tiger on it right now so after i erase it will tiger be gone so i wont be able to put leopard on? How does this whole erase thing work?
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    If you have a retail Leopard install disk, you don't need Tiger to install
    Yes, if you do a clean install you will erase the disk and everything will be gone

    If you need to get data off first, you have a couple of options

    You can try reinstalling Tiger with an archive and install
    (been so long since I have been on Tiger, I suppose it has this option)

    Or, you can boot into Target Disk mode from another computer and possibly get your data


    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  3. groovdudeyo thread starter macrumors regular

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    so i can completely erase it and just put leopard on right after that? I have leopard on my second disk
     
  4. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    What Leopard disk do you have?
    If it came with another computer and it is a "restore" DVD (gray), then "no" it will most likely not install on your computer

    You will need a retail copy of Leopard

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  5. groovdudeyo thread starter macrumors regular

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  6. BertyBoy macrumors 6502

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    If you erase you'll lose all your apps and data, or something like that.

    If it said Archive and Install, it'll move your Tiger installation and install Leopard. All your Tiger apps will be left in place - or upgraded if included with Leopard (ie. Safari, Mail, etc). Or something like that.

    Of course, if your Mac came with Tiger and a set of iLife apps pre-installed, you'll lose it all if you erase.
     

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