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How do you install OS X on a new hard drive? I've tried holding down the "C" key, nothing happens except the B&W apple screen with a spinning circle. When holding down the"option" key a window comes up showing me the OS disc, a reload arrow and a continue arrow. When I click on the disc, nothing happens, but when I click on the continue arrow, it goes back to the B&W apple screen with the spinning circle.

I am using disc 1 which I take is the restore dics. All I get is the spinning thinking circle. With a new HDD, would a firmware password still be enabled? If so, what is the process to get the OS onto this new HDD?

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suggestion - you should keep all your posts on this issue in a single post, rather than starting a new question each time. I see your slightly earlier post here: Reload OSX

note: you can always edit your existing posts!

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What happens if you just wait for the apple logo with the spinning circle? Does it boot into the normal os or does it boot into the installer?

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If the machine will not boot holding the "C" down with the install disk in then something else is wrong. Why did you replace the hard drive? What was it doing before the hard drive replacement? What kind of hard drive is the new one and where did you get it? Where did the install disks come from ? What color are the install disks? Is there a part number on the install disks?

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Insert the restore disk that came with your computer and it should boot up using the cd. you will have to format the harddrive but then you will be able to install the os

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I am using the only 2 disc that came with my computer Mac OS X Install Disc 1 & 2

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THat would be disk 1

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I AM using dics 1, If I hold down the option key, I get to the screen to with the contine and back page arrows. If I continue I get the spinning thinking icon again. Is it that hard or is

there a firmware lock?

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If I hold down the option key, I see the Disc, when I click it, the spinning wheel appears. With the old hard drive, If i held down the C key, it went straight to the spinning wheel. I got a new Hdd cause the old one was 20 gb's and password protected. I have a 120 gb WD HDD PATA. Got it from Mico Computer Center, the install disc are grey, p/n 2Z607-4275-A. Do you know anything about firmware locks. Would it still be in the BIOS (if that's what MAC calla it ) with a new HHD?

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Looking at the new info about the old drive being replaced because of a password problem I wonder if the OP isn't correct about this being a firmware password problem. If that's the case you will have to take it to Apple for repair as I don't believe we want to attempt bypassing that kind of password. I recommend you make an appointment with the nearest Genius bar for a checkout. Ralph

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I'm not sure that we need to worry too much about people bypassing their firmware passwords. It seems like it's genuinely repair-related. (I've also heard that removing a ram chip will reset the firmware password, but I'm not sure.)

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I've heard the same thing but have never tried it. Ralph

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This might clear it up for you.

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Yep, that covers it alright. Ralph

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