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Old Mar 12th, 2008, 03:40 PM   #1
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Installing Tiger on a replacement hard drive

A friend's Mac Mini's hard drive went sour, verified by his Mac dealer. Balking at their $250 fee for replacing the drive, we found an excellent 11-minute QuickTime movie for replacing the drive and purchased a 80Gb Western Digital Scorpio PATA replacement drive.

Installing the replacement went without a hitch. The Mac dealer had left their Apple diagnostic disk in the CD drive. When we booted we let that routine run and the Mac passed all tests.

Now we inserted the Mac Mini's original "OS re-install" CD. Proceeded through the OS X install routine and got to the point of choosing a drive to install on. No drive appeared. We now ran that CD's Disk Utility app and created a single partition and named it. Tested it, passed. Went back to the install routine and now a hard drive does appear but it has a red exclamation next to it and a message that OS X cannot be installed on this drive.

Note that there are no jumpers on the drive; it's in master mode. It appears to have been formatted properly. Disk Utility and Apple's Diagnostic sees nothing wrong. Puzzled.

Any guesses what the issue might be?
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Old Mar 12th, 2008, 04:13 PM   #2
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Guess what, folks. It was an easy fix. Reboot the Mac and restart the installation routine and the hard drive appears as available, ready to go. Problem solved.
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