Mac OS X Leopard question?

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  1. chadi

    chadi Member

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    I bought a MacBook with Mac OS X Leopard pre-installed, and it came with the discs. Would it be possible to plug in an external hard drive and then install Mac OS X Leopard from these discs on the Hard Drive to later boot from if I have have problems and need to? If so, how would I do this? Thanks in advance,
    Chadi
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    whats the purpose? for backups? if you wanna backup on an external use time machine. if you wanna restore with the discs you dont need the external
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    See my computer crashed the other day and wouldn't boot; turns out I accidentally deleted a file, so the guy at the apple store was able to boot from a drive and target my HDD and reinstall the file, fixing the problem. I figured if I could make the drive bootable with Mac OS X, I wouldnt have to take it to apple and I could do it myself.
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    Well, you can do what I did, restore a Mac OS X Leopard disc to an external drive.

    I partitioned 7+ GB for it so right now, My external HDD acts as both storage and as a utility for if I ever want to reinstall Mac OS X or troubleshoot it.
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    Sorry if I sound stupid, but could you teach me how to do this? :/
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    Ohh, Sorry. I'd like if you could IM me so I can help you easier, but heres a quick guide for IF YOUR EXTERNAL DRIVE IS EMPTY ONLY.

    • Plug in your External Drive and Insert your Mac OS X Leopard DVD
    • Open Disk Utility.
    • Select your External Drive.
    • Click Partition
    • Under Volume Scheme, Select 2 Partitions.
    • For the first Partition, set aside around 7.9 GB and make it HFSJ+
    • For the other partition, set it to either Fat32 for if you interact between Windows & Mac or HFSJ+ for Only Mac.
    • Partition.
    • Once it is partitioned, select the 7.9 GB HFSJ+ partition and click the "Restore" tab.
    • Under Source, Drag the Mac OS X Leopard DVD to it.
    • Destination, Drag the 7.9 GB HFSJ+ Partition.
    • When that is done, click Restore. Voila, done!.

    Sorry if it seemed long, it may look complicated, but it's actually really simple.
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    My drive isnt empty. :/

    I can IM you; I'll PM you my SN.

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