Fixing a mac HDD partition using Windows PC

March 11, 2011 at 06:00:19
Specs: Mac OSX Snow Leopard, 2.16 Dual Core/1gig ram
I am currently attempting to reinstall mac OSX on a macbook and am having difficulty with the harddrive. The HDD for some reason is in NTFS format (not mine, doing this for someone else) and I do only have access to a windows PC.

What I am trying to find out is how to return this HDD to a mac partition using a pc OR I also have an external HDD so is there a way i can install mac on this external using my windows then run the macbook off it to fix the harddrive issue.

Any help is appreciated thankyou


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#1
March 11, 2011 at 08:12:48
The CORRECT WAY to correct hard drive issues is to boot the MacBook from the DVD and use the Disk Utilty.

http://www.kb.iu.edu/data/aoxp.html

It is not feasible to cobble together some exotic means of OS X and PC install !


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#2
March 11, 2011 at 09:11:24
Thankyou for the quick response.

I know that normally such an exotic means is ridiculously unnecessary but my problem is that the bootdisk won't load. As it loads it's initial drivers/software/etc it presents my with a kernel panic followed by a nice string of parameters that mean nothing to anyone outside of apple.

The reason I attribute this to being the hdd is that up to this format conversion it worked wonderfully to my knowledge and from my research online over past couple of weeks I've found that native macs do not like ntfs formats without updated drivers installed.

So again I understand if I can't resolve this with any normal methods but any help is greatly appreciated.


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#3
March 11, 2011 at 09:11:24
Thankyou for the quick response.

I know that normally such an exotic means is ridiculously unnecessary but my problem is that the bootdisk won't load. As it loads it's initial drivers/software/etc it presents my with a kernel panic followed by a nice string of parameters that mean nothing to anyone outside of apple.

The reason I attribute this to being the hdd is that up to this format conversion it worked wonderfully to my knowledge and from my research online over past couple of weeks I've found that native macs do not like ntfs formats without updated drivers installed.

So again I understand if I can't resolve this with any normal methods but any help is greatly appreciated.


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#4
March 11, 2011 at 09:58:29
MAC OS X 10.6 has a Bootable DVD this should load wether or not the hard drive is working/recognised. If it does not boot from DVD then that is a problem.

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#5
March 11, 2011 at 13:12:49
Alright thanks I'll look into that and see If I can scrounge up a disk since I've been trying with 10.0.6 I think or something similar if it works I'll put it ip.

Thanks again for the help.


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