Could you please tell how to install Mac Leopard In my New Western Digital Hard disk. I formatted my entire hard disk so as to install the system but when it comes to * Select the Destination * , I can't select anything because nothing can be selected. So, why my hard disk (a new one) is not detectable? why is it not listed in * Select The Destination * window ? Please Help , I 'm really frustrated.
I had a similar problem...Macbook Pro 2 GHz Intel Core Duo, went balls to the wall and replaced hard drive with new Western Digital 500gb hard drive. Tried to boot up from the install disk and it wouldn't recognize the drive, nor give me formatting options at all.
When I opened Disk Utilities (in the upper left hand side of the screen when booting Leopard disk), I was able to see that I had indeed installed the drive but, as I already mentioned, no formatting options were clickable. The only clickable thing was "Erase" which didn't make sense to me because it was a new disk and erasing it would do no good. But after fiddling for awhile I decided to bite the bullet (there was no mention of clicking "Erase" as a viable solution to my problem in any of the forums/blogs/support pages that I could find).
I clicked "Erase" and lo and behold, the new hard drive was being formatted right before my eyes. After just a few seconds I was able to restart the computer, I held the option key to boot from disk and voila! I installed OS X Leopard on my new hard drive and am happily typing this for all those who have a similar problem. Just click "Erase" in the Disk Utility when you have the hard drive highlighted. That solved it for me!
I recently had the same issue; not being able to see my hard drive when in Disk Utility. This happened after I erased my hard drive.
The fix has happened more than once, so chance may not be the factor. I simply kept shutting down the computer (thru force shut down by holding the power button), then restarting it. After a few times, the computer would register seeing my hard drive.
I am also having this problem. I'm running disc utility off of a brand new Leopard install disc, and the internal HD will not show up in D.U.
It did show up once, and I repaired permissions on the disc, which came back OK. When I tried to get Leo to install, it sat there for about 5-10 minutes, and then said "Install failed". I reboot, and again the problem with no HD showing up whatsoever.
Is there a terminal command to force the installer to see the internal HD? I've never used terminal before, but at this point I'm willing to try anything.
I am having the exact problem as you did guys. I put the new hd (western digital 320gb) then reboot on osX installation DVD, when the moment comes to install I cant select the hd.. there is nothing to select. Have used the disk utility to format the hd, ive erased it too, partitioned it as well, made sure it's formatted in GUID, ive tried installing it as internal hd as well as external with a usb hd case.. absolutely nothing works. I've noticed that I CAN see the harddrive if I ask to see the specifications of the computer. I can see it's there, model, size, free storage etc. I have noticed also that in disk utility it says that the hd is NOT S.M.A.R.T enable.. whereas the original and fully working fujitsu IS SMART enable. What is that? How can I change that on the Western Digital. Im frustrated, I bough this bigger HD in january used it til now that I tried to install Snow leopard, I was only able to install SL on the original hd that came with the mbp and currently not using the big hd. the small hd is packed already!! So sad ! :(