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Macintosh OS/fresh installation of mountain lion


QUESTION: greetings

i recently got a macbook from a friend and it had no harddrive . i only have a computer that runs windows 8 and now would like to know how i can prepare a harddrive that is NTFS to work on my new macbook and also i would like to know how to boot mountain lion on an external harddrive seeing that i downloaded a dmg file of mountain lion. lastly i would like to know how to boot this external on my macbook .i would to do the preration on my windows pc.


ANSWER: You so not mention the model of the MacBook.
Model numbers are confusing AppleFindModel page  is a complete list of Apple computer specs

The Macbook may be old enough that the choices of OSX versions are limited.
Without knowing, buying Snow Leopard on DVD from the Apple Store is the safest bet ($20)

Snow Leopard will boot the Macbook and install onto a replacement harddrive.

Windows will not natively open a .dmg  diskimage file.
Windows will not natively partition a hard drive into a GUID partition (Required)
and will not format the partitions as HFS+ (Journaled) - (Required)
The Snow Leopard DVD will do all this and allow upgrading to Mountain Lion.

Snow Leopard will run okay with 4Gb Ram, Mountain Lion would like 8Gb RAM is where my clients upgrade RAM.

Find the Model Number, buy the Snow Leopard OSX 10.6.8, install the hard drive and boot, install.

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QUESTION: Where do I find the model of my MacBook ?

ANSWER: There are FOUR links about model numbers above in my first response.  is a complete list of Apple computer specs

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QUESTION: 2006 MacBook A1181, 1.83 core 2 duo , with upgraded 2Gb ram and upgraded 200 Gb HHD , no operation software

Apple MacBook "Core 2 Duo" 1.83 13" Specs
Identifiers: Late 2006 - MA699LL/A - MacBook2,1 - A1181

Standard RAM:    512 MB    Maximum RAM:    4 GB*
Details:    512 MB of RAM is installed as two 256 MB modules, no slots free.

*Apple officially supports 2 GB of RAM, but third-parties have been "unofficially" able to upgrade it to 3 GB or 4 GB of RAM (it can hold 4 GB but cannot fully utilize the memory beyond 3 GB due to the same limitation that impacts the "Late 2006" MacBook Pro line).

Max 3Gb RAM may boot Mountain Lion, but performance will be poor.
Snow Leopard would be the newest version of OSX that will run well.
You can buy Snow Leopard for $20 from Apple, the link is in my first post.

200Gb hard drives are difficult to find, 500Gb or 1Tb drive would work well.
The computer is SATA1 bus and is four times slower than current SATA3 buses.

You could partition the hard drive into two partitions, put Snow Leopard 10.6.8 and Mountain Lion 10.8.4 on the other and boot from either one.
An external hard drive for booting should be a firewire interface.
Theses links are about Disk Utility  

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David Anders


Seattle - The Computer Guy - 15 yr veteran Mac/PC/network problem solving. Clients are design firms, artists, freelancers and photographers. PLEASE PLEASE provide EXACT info for Mac Model and OS Version. RAM installed - added cards - external devices - recent changes. Do you do MONTHLY MAINTENANCE? With what Utility? What you have tried and what result do you want.


First computer experience 1969. Worked in 3 computer stores. Setup First Mac and First IBM-PC.

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