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OSx86 on Dell 1501 help?


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I a wanting to install OSx86 on my Dell Inspiron 1501, however during the install it can not find my HD. This is due to the SATA chipet used on the Dell, I believe. Can I install this to a USB drive, then somehow copy that install to my internal HD and it work? If so, any type of guie to assist in this process?

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SATA drives are of no problem for Mac. You don't see a drive for installation just because your HD is not correctly formatted.

 

If you are willing to use the entire HD for Mac, then open the disk utility and format your hard disk with "Mac OS Extended (Journaling)". Only then you will see the HD in your installation setup.

 

If you want a dual-boot, then you should search the forum. This issue has been tackled before.

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the OS X installer can;t see your drive because it does not support the ATA controller. I have one of these laptops too, and I gave it to my wife because it's {censored} :(

 

I think there may be a way to use vmware to install then apply an image to the drive, and some hacks to get it to boot, but I don't really know how to do it. the e1505 is a very similar computer that seems to have more information about it on the internet, as well as the inspiron 6400. Search for those to find more info.

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