View Full Version : Cannot install Panther over NTFS

01-04-2004, 02:56 PM
I decided to upgrade my 700 MHz iBook and swapped the old 20 GB drive into a second-hand 40 GB. I got the drive from a friend of mine who had used it in his Compaq laptop.

The problem is Panther won't install to it.

The drive still contains an installation of XP and i can't seem to wipe it off. Running Disk Utility from the Panther Install CDs seems to run fine but always shows 37 GB available / 34 GB used. Trying to write zeroes over all the data stops about half-way thru without any errors.

Would this have anything to do with the fact that Panther can only read, but not write onto NTFS volumes?

01-04-2004, 03:36 PM
What does Disk Utility say in the "Partition" tab?


When you reformat the drive, you can change the file system, so it doesn't really matter what file system is currently in place--it gets overwritten, anyway.

01-04-2004, 03:56 PM
Disk Utility reports the disk as being Mac OS Extended (Journaled), and i can partition it as i please. I started off by wiping the original 3 partitions on the disk created by XP that showed up fine.

Still, when i switch back to the installer it doesn't let me install onto any partitions on that drive. Even when there's a single partition with a reported 37 GB free. In Disk Utility it always shows 34 GB used even after an erase.