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    Default OSX Disk Utility will not format

    I have read many posts, here and elsewhere and unable to resolve the erase/formatting issue I am having.

    It might help if we had a clear understanding of what state the partition must be in prior to entering the OSX Disk Utility, for the Utility to format properly.

    In my case: I have one internal SATA Hard drive with 4 partitions.

    Partition 1: NTSF, Primary, Active XPP
    Partition 2: NTSF, Primary, XPP
    Partition 3: NTSF, Logical
    Partition 4: FAT32 – Primary, 11 GB – empty for OSX to be installed on.

    OSX Disk Utility sees all the partitions.
    I select OSX partition (the last one – FAT32), ERASE and format as Mac OS journaled.

    OSX Disk Utility erases the partition and removes the label, but fails to reformat. The partition now appears as disk0s4 ms-dos.

    Verify function says: “Verify volume failed: Unrecognized Filesystem”.

    I also get “disk0s4 could not be mounted”.

    This same situation occurs from both iDeneb v1.4.10.5.6 or Kalyway 10.5.2, so it is not an iDeneb bug.

    I have a notebook with limited BIOS settings, but have tried with SATA Native - Enabled and again Disabled, with same results.

    I am unable to proceed with the installation.

    Any help is greatly appreciated.

    Thank you! / Gracias!

    HP nc8430 notebook
    Intel CoreDuo T2500, all Intel chipsets, except ATI x1600 video, Broadcom LAN.
    Last edited by Braeburn; 06-01-2009 at 12:33 AM.



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    Did you try adding Zeros to your partition? this can be also a damaged HDD, try with a external hdd if you can, good luck
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    Thank you for the quick reply.

    No, I did not add zeros; I was not aware I had to do this, or where I need to add the zeroes?

    The HDD is a brand new Western Digital Scorpio. I have run several diagnostic utilities on it when it first arrived, and all seems good with it.

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    I tried again, zeroing out all the free space. It took awhile but in the end, the disk utility failed to change anything.

    Using GParted I created the partition as FAT32 and later as hfs+, with no success. I tried a 10 GB and a 32 GB partition.

    I've concluded part of the problem is, while disk utility can see all the partitions, it cannot mount any partitions.

    Any advice is appreciated!

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    It seems the problem is partly related to incompatibility with Western Digital HDDs and Leopard.

    I was able to format my external Hitachi HDD with Kalyway. However, after installing to the Hitachi HDD, I was not able to get past the "Do You Already Own a Mac"; the install keeps rebooting.

    I tried booting, F8, and the recommended commands, with no success.

    I don't know how to proceed.


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    I'm not sure I believe that it is incompatibility with WD hard drives... although I am having the identical problem AND am using a WD 80GB IDE hard drive.
    I have done all the above steps to no avail, and am now wondering if having a non-osx partition table located in the MBR is the culprit. I'm running gentoo linux and using grub. Simply booting the Leo4ALL v3 disk destroys my MBR and has to be repaired. After doing the "erase/format" function with leo, I cannot mnt, or install, and it appears as if the partition still belongs to windows, fat32. It does in fact show up correctly when I boot linux back up and open gparted.

    Is there a way correct the boot record via the leo installer terminal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Braeburn View Post
    It seems the problem is partly related to incompatibility with Western Digital HDDs and Leopard.

    I was able to format my external Hitachi HDD with Kalyway. However, after installing to the Hitachi HDD, I was not able to get past the "Do You Already Own a Mac"; the install keeps rebooting.

    I tried booting, F8, and the recommended commands, with no success.

    I don't know how to proceed.
    At this point you can past this weird issue by doing this:

    Boot into the Leopard Install DVD and hit F8 then type -s to enter the single user mode and type
    /sbin/fsck -fy
    /sbin/mount -uw /
    passwd root
    touch /var/db/.AppleSetupDone
    reboot
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    WOW... That was easy.
    As I had stated, it looked like the partition was still owned by windows(flagged as microsoft reserved) in osx install disk. In Linux, gparted, it was showing up correctly... with the new name, hfs+ format... BUT was still flagged MSFT. I cleared that flag, booted the install disk, and I'm installing now.b

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    Thanks icchansan and badandy!

    icchansan: The list of unix commands didn't work as I keep getting 'unable to probe disk0201' with status code 0xFFFFFFFA and 'unable to mount' with status code 0x00000047.

    badandy: Gparted does not show any flags and OS X Disk Utility sees the partition as Linux.

    I was able to finally get the partition on an External HDD to erase AND format (at least once) by doing the following which I have not seen documented previously:

    First of all, I was able to erase the HFS+ partition (created with Gparted) which the installer's disk utility sees as Linux;

    Secondly, no matter how many times I tried to format as OS X Extended (Journalled), I was not able to mount the partition.

    But when I tried (once) to format as OS X Extended, it worked! I was then able to quickly ERASE and FORMAT as OS X Extended (Journalled).

    After 28 minutes the iPC 10.5.6 install completed and rebooted. I then saw a gray screen, then the screen went black and stayed black, meanwhile the External HDD continued to read/write and I heard some pleasant Jazz music but remained in the dark.

    And the Keyboard on my HP nc8430 laptop (Intel Core Duo (T2500 - 2Ghz) - was non-responsive - not even the caps on/off light would work. So I went back to XP and wrote this message.

    During install, when I selected Customize, I chose the ATI x1600 video drivers, but perhaps that was a mistake as these may be for Desktop not Notebook (my notebook has the mobile ATI x1600). iPC has both PS/2 Keyboard and Mouse fixes - should I try this?

    Any suggestions are warmly appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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    Select keyboard fix, or ACPI X86, now you can try this after installation, when darwin appear type:

    cpus=1 -v -x
    If it doesnt boot please post a screenshot or post the error in your screen
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