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May 24, 2012

Yesterday I installed a new keyboard, additional RAM, and a new larger hard drive.  I have a 17" Macbook Pro.  The new hard drive is a Seagate 750gb 7200rpm drive.  Prior to swapping the drive out, I used Time Machine to backup my old drive, and it's backed up to an external drive.  After doing the hard drive install, I formatted the drive and partitioned it 150gb and 600gb (approximately).  I was running OSX10.5.8.  When I plugged in the external drive to boot, it worked fine.  How do I get the OS onto the new partition?  The original OSX disc doesn't recognize or even offer as an option the new drive.

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