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HELP Macbook OS Reinstall With OEM Discs Gone Smelly Carp Bad
Posted by: chopper
Date: September 04, 2009 10:01AM
Did a complete format of the drive in my old Macbook this morning and was installing the OS from the original discs that came with the unit ... Everything was going swimmingly until the unit prompted me to stick in the second install disk. The disc goes in, it is reading it, but the "please insert" dialog never goes away. Tried to abort the install a few times, unplugged it and took the battery out even, but each time it starts it goes to the same screen wanting the disc it doesn't like.

Is there any way to actually abort an install? Tried sticking in both 10.4 and 10.5 retail discs and even that would not work--trued to re-start from C ... etc .

Ideas, anyone?
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Re: HELP Macbook OS Reinstall With OEM Discs Gone Smelly Carp Bad
Posted by: Gilbert
Date: September 04, 2009 02:53PM
Not sure how to abort the install but one option, if you have the equipment, would be to pull the drive and either put in a drive enclosure or use an external drive adapter and connect to another computer and use Disk Utility to erase the drive and try it again.
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Re: HELP Macbook OS Reinstall With OEM Discs Gone Smelly Carp Bad
Posted by: Racer X
Date: September 04, 2009 03:02PM
OR, does your older MacBook have FW? If so, target disk mode from another machine, and wipe the drive, and try again.
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Re: HELP Macbook OS Reinstall With OEM Discs Gone Smelly Carp Bad
Posted by: guitarist
Date: September 04, 2009 09:30PM
I concur. Use FW Target Disk Mode to get into the computer from a different machine, to see the MacBook's troubled boot drive. If you don't happen to have a second mac to use for Target Disk Mode, simply plug in the external USB or FW drive that you use to regularly backup your Macbook to (this is why we all need a bootable backup) and force your mac to boot from the external drive instead of its internal drive. The idea is to get access to your Macbook's boot drive, whichever method you are able to use.

With outside access to it, you can run Disk Utility on it, and simply format it again, erase and reformat the boot drive, like you did this morning.

It's an unfortunate interruption, but not a terribly hard thing to overcome. It only takes moments to get in, and moments in Disk Utility to reformat. Then patiently try the install again. Most likely it'll go A-Okay. If you run into the same exact error during the second install attempt, you'll know for sure you have a problem with those discs, and can proceed accordingly.
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