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Can`t install a O S on a new hard disk

I bought a used HD, maxtor 3.5 series 40gb, and want to install in my power mac g3 350, i installed the hd correctly, pinned it correctly, started up with osx install disk 1 which is the last install on my old hd. opened disk utility, have the disk image in top left of disk available, highlighted the maxtor , and started the install. however, when i get to "choose the disk to install on, the computer doesn`t give any disk image to choose from, then stops the install, gives error message 9997,NO VALAD PACKAGES, what did i do wrong, or what have i missed?, also can`t get disk utility to erase the files on the HD. Any help is highly appreciated, as i know very little about computers.

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  • jimandmonika May 14, 2010

    Thank you,revancha, for your assistance. I however am 70 years old and have no idea what fdisk is, do i get from the internet download, and install before i take my old hd out?,also please tell me how i format the drive "c", is this done with disk utility or some other program?

    Thanks again

  • jimandmonika May 15, 2010

    great advice, however, if you note, i have a MAC, and this tool is for WINDOWS, or so it says, so is there something for mac osx??

  • jimandmonika May 16, 2010

    i am on a mac, not windows and this program they say is for windows systems

  • jimandmonika May 17, 2010

    I sure do thank you for your assistance. I downloaded what you suggested, installed it as per instructions, now i don`t know how i can use it. you see, it is installed on my old hard disk, whick must be removed before i can install the baxter hd, then to install the baxter, i have to start up from some kind of operating system, i chose to use OSX install disk 1 to start up, however when the computer is started, it will give me back my start up cd, so if you can`t get it out how can you insert another cd with a disk utility on it? and how can you use it when it`s not installed on a HD?

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You will need to run fdisk. to create a partition on the HD .
then format the drive c:
you can use any partition creator software

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