Will Snow Leopard install on a blank hard drive?

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  1. Buzzworms macrumors member

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    "In addition, it is possible to completely erase a hard drive and install Snow Leopard without a pre-existing operating system in place, enabling users to bypass the possible headaches of an upgrade and go with a clean install instead."

    I'm a newbie here but wonder if the above AppleInsider statement is true. I installed Snow Leopard over my existing Leopard w/out a hitch. Earlier OS X retail DVD versions clearly distinguished between "Install" and "Upgrade" - correct?. I'm confused where I read Snow Leopard required an existing OS (Leopard or Tiger) to install. It appears Snow Leopard is a "full install" DVD?
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    I wiped my HD before I installed SL without problems. Tiger users have also been able to upgrade to SL
     
  3. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    The only difference between the Upgrade for Leopard, and the full version for Tiger is the EULA statements.

    The discs are identical it would appear.
     
  4. mbtalle macrumors member

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    Are you talking about a clean install? If so,

    http://lifehacker.com/5345690/prep-your-mac-for-snow-leopard
     
  5. Buzzworms thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks. This answer my question...

    "Correction and update: We have confirmed that the preview of Snow Leopard DOES offer a standalone installer that works on a freshly-formatted hard drive without an existing Leopard installation or DVD."

    http://lifehacker.com/5345690/prep-your-mac-for-snow-leopard
     

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