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Mac newbie...HDD questions

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#1 Montana Mad Dog

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Posted 08 December 2015 - 12:37 PM

Hi, I'm typically a Windows guy, but have recently become interested in Apple products.  I have an older iMac (2006 vintage, I believe).  It wouldn't boot anymore so I opened it up and removed the HDD, replacing it with a new one.  After reassembling it, I started it up, inserted the O/S disk and expected to see the HDD as an option for the O/S installation destination.  However, there is no drive listed in the box when it asks to select the destination.


Is the drive not being recognized for some reason or is there something I need to do to have it show up as an option?



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Posted 11 December 2015 - 05:57 AM

Did you boot up from the install disk?

Reinstalling OS X

You'll need to format the HDD before trying to install OS X.

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Posted 16 December 2015 - 12:30 AM

You'll need to format the HDD before trying to install OS X.

As Buddyme2 noted, you will need to format the drive before it can be recognized in the OS install program. The one thing note really mention in that link provided is how to start the Disk Utility program that is used to format the drive. When you boot from the OS install disc, there should be a Utilities menu at the top of the screen that you can access BEFORE you start the Mac OS install (if memory serves me correctly). One of the options from the menu should be Disk Utilities. From there, the instructions in the link should guide you.

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