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new iMac: want a 10.6 drive on my extra hard drive
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gregfripp
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Feb 11, 2012, 08:04 AM
 
i have a new iMac, but i wish to place a copy of snow leopard on my external hard drive.
can someone tell me how not do so without being told that 10.7 will not allow it?
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Feb 11, 2012, 08:28 AM
 
Assuming you have a compatible version of the Snow Leopard installer, put the DVD in the drive, shut down the iMac and reboot holding the Alt key. Choose the SL Install Disc to boot from, then run through the installer until it lets you pick the external disk as the install source.

The mid 2011 iMacs shipped with 10.6.6 so you might need your SL install to be that version or later. I don't believe you could get such an installer disc except with one of those iMacs.
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Feb 11, 2012, 08:33 AM
 
I have Snow Leopard on an external drive and it works as intended. I also have SL on an internal volume and it too works normally. In both cases, it was just of matter of using SuperDuper to first clone my data to the designated volumes. Of course, the target drive/volume must be properly formatted.
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Feb 11, 2012, 09:26 AM
 
thank you very much
i am currently reloading my spare drive with a copy of snow leopard
your two comments really helped me
grateful greg
     
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Feb 12, 2012, 11:14 AM
 
i reloaded my disc thru super duper (4 hrs)
then tried it
but just a black screen with 'this disc will not load'
and a restart button
ho hum i guess you can't load 10.6 on a lion formatted iMac
but thanks for your help guys in trying
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Feb 12, 2012, 11:56 AM
 
The current iMacs will run Snow Leopard, what version are you trying to clone to it?
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Feb 12, 2012, 11:58 AM
 
snow leopard 10.6
     
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Feb 12, 2012, 12:16 PM
 
You have to update it to 10.6.8 first for it to work.
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Feb 12, 2012, 12:35 PM
 
where can i get a copy of 10.6.8 from? or how?
     
   
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