Request: Please post "generic" steps/instructions (or a link to those instructions) that people can follow to re-format the drive, then install a (legal) copy of an OS back onto the drive from an OS CD.
[I have a working E-Mac w/ firewire, a Sawtooth G4 w/ firewire, and a firewire enclosure as may be needed to facilitate the process.]
Once I reformat and repartition a HD pulled from computers that were on the previous owner's networks, the computers do not want to install the OS back onto those drives. However the same computers work fine when using a different HD that already has an OS on it from a different Mac that was not ever networked.
UGLY DETAILS / BACKGROUND for inquiring minds:
A few HDs were removed, placed into a firewire enclosure, reformated, and then returned to the computer chasis for re-installing the OS using the OS CDs. When re-booting with an OS CD [while holding down the C key], the computer will not boot from the (legal) CD [with a couple exceptions, of course.]
I suspect I am just leaving out a simple step or two ... but I am not sure what step(s) are problematic.
[since I was successfull on a few drives ... but not all]
Instead of trying to figure where I may have erred (an interesting question to me), it would be helpful to have "the proper" procedure I should follow to be successful with all of the drives.