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Archived - Mac OS X 10.5: Installer destination window does not show drives

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Symptoms

When installing Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, destination volumes may not appear in the installation window for a while, even though the volumes are visible while started from Mac OS X 10.4 or in Disk Utility.

Resolution

Wait a few minutes for the volume(s) to appear.

The Mac OS X 10.5 installer window does not show hard drives that are still being checked in the background, and there is no status indicator regarding this. The larger the disk volume, the longer it may take for this to complete. After the disk check has finished, the drive(s) will appear and be available for installation.
 

Advanced fsck status check

Advanced users who want to check fsck status can follow these steps:

  1. Choose Terminal from the Utilities menu.
  2. Execute this command:

    ps auxc | grep fsck

If this command returns a line of text that includes "fsck", it means that the disk check is still in progress--wait a minute, then try again.  If the disk check is finished, the command should return nothing (you will only see a new prompt appear).

Last Modified: Jul 3, 2012
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