MacBook Pro :: Want To Do A Clean Install?

Apr 30, 2010

I am going to change out the hard drive in my 13" macbook pro and Ihad a question. I am wanting to do a clean install, so I am wanting to put in the new hard drive, install snow leopard... Then take the old hard drive and put it in an external enclosure to retrieve all my itunes music, files, etc.

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MacBook Pro :: After Clean Install Snow Leopard, Can't Install Bundled Application (ilife)?

Apr 2, 2012

This is the first time i reinstalled(clean install) my snow leopard on my MBP. All went fine but then i inserted the disc for bundled application (which contains the ilife apps) but it keeps failing. 

It says that "the installation failed. the installer encountered an error that caused the installation to fail. contact the software manufacturer for assistance". 

I've also done my research on this matter. I've gone thru a few steps i tried as below without success: 

1)normal install - fail

2)repair permission - fail

3)install in safe mode - fail

4) install using another admin acc - fail

5) made an image out of the disc and install - fail

6) used a similar disc(my dad's since we have identical version) - fai

7)updated my system and install - fail

8) reinstall the mac - fail 

i cant think of any other solution as im a bit noob when it comes to mac. is there any other things i could try before taking it Apple?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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How do i install os on new clean HD once swapped? 

MBP didn't come with installation disc, also i don't have external drive to backup restore. 

Is there any way to install os with new hd without using backup? if no, any way i can burn installation disc.

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What's the next best alternative to avoid dropping the $100 on the drive?

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I was doing TimeMachine backups when I was using Leopard, and these have carried on when I was using SL. If I clean install, will I be able to choose just to copy my files over from the TM backup? Is there a way to do a clean install of SL, or do I need to do the Leopard install and then upgrade to SL again.

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I'm having a lil dilema. I need to do a clean install on my system due to a few devices that i accidently erased while configuiring my audio settings.

anywho, I just need to know:

I have been backing up my files with Time Machine on to a Western Digital Network HD on my Home Network. If i do a final back up and then Install a clean copy of OSX Lion [Format My system HD], will I be able to restore my personal files using time machine back up I have on my Network HD?

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Flash forward and I returned the drive and got a Western Digital Scorpio Black and have the same problem: Stuck at 21 minutes.  

Currently installing with a 10.7.3 USB drive. I've tried numerous times with a 10.7.0 disk as well as the original Snow Leopard restore discs that came with the machine. Is the mid 2009 just incompatible with these drives?

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