Installing Mac OS on a new HDD Hard Drive

May 28, 2018 2:21PM PDT

I am trying to install Mac OS Sierra (not High Sierra) on a brand new 500gb hard drive of my MacBook Pro, so I have created a bootable flash drive using another MacBook Pro with Mac OS Sierra installer file on it. I've installed the Sierra on the new hard drive but now this is what I'm seeing:

Apparently there is not enough space on the drive but I think it wants to install the OS on the flash drive? But what I don't understand is what did it install all of this time then?
Any ideas what I need to do?

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May 28, 2018 2:28PM PDT

Didn't tell much. I wonder if the drive needs to be erased. That is, blank. No partitions, really blank.

New hard disks may or may not arrive blank.

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The clue here is "brand new 500GB hard drive"
May 29, 2018 4:39AM PDT

Before you brand new hard drive can be used it needs to be formatted as a MacOS drive.
This is done using the Utilities folder that "should" be on the installer flash drive.
Using Disk Utility, partition the drive into one (1) partition and then choose Mac OS X extended (Journaled)
Once done, reboot and run the installer again and this time it should give you the choice of where to install OS X.
Right now, the drive is invisible to the System (Installer)


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