Uh.....is this bad..?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by iMacZealot, Jan 27, 2008.

  1. iMacZealot macrumors 68020

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    My sister got a new MacBook Pro last week, so she's giving me her old 12" PowerBook G4, whose casing is severely warped.

    So, I helped her erase all her data, and I heard about the Zero-Out capability of Disk Utility. Unfortunately, I didn't realise that you had to execute the operation on another disk. :p It filled up her entire hard disk and then erased what it filled. After reading a common sense handbook, I had her get out her Mac OS X Install Disks, and I then went into Disk Utility, but did the erase option.

    After about 30 minutes, it was all gone, and I mean EVERYTHING. Only about 25 MB of the disk was used. Mac OS X was not installed; there wasn't even a volume on the disk, so I had to install Mac OS X. I let her supervise it while I did some work down the hall. Then, later, she came back and told me that the computer died and that there's no power in the battery. Her charger is warped and cannot be used, so it's nobody's fault. I was hoping it could install before the battery died, but it clearly didn't.

    I can't get another charger until my brother comes home next week with his PowerBook. So, I have no idea what it's going to do when I try and boot from the DVD next week.

    So, is this bad?
     
  2. ethernet76 macrumors 6502a

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    You'll just need to format and start all over again.
     
  3. iMacZealot thread starter macrumors 68020

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    So, when I finally get a charger, I'll be able to power onto the Install disk, no problem?
     
  4. BioChron macrumors regular

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    The best thing to do is when you get the power adapter, is boot from the installation CD and reformat the disk, and then reinstall the OS. That should do it, and if not, then something isn't right.
     
  5. esvee macrumors member

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    Losing power mid-install doesn't hurt anything.
     
  6. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    Yes. Just do an Erase and Install.
     
  7. iMacZealot thread starter macrumors 68020

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    So should I reformat, then do an Erase & Install?
     
  8. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    I don't see any reason to. ...Unless your sister's data could be a threat to national security. :p
     
  9. iMacZealot thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Well, she didn't really say why or where she went for five months.....
     
  10. tiamat1990 macrumors member

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    Sister's reason...probably personal stuff she doesn't want you to see. If it was a brother...porn. :)
     

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