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PowerBook question

Discussion in 'Apple Mac' started by tderisi, Feb 3, 2007.

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  1. tderisi

    tderisi Thread Starter

    Feb 3, 2007
    I inherited a Mac 15" Aluminum PowerBook G4 1.25 GHz. It was given to me by an IT guy at my company who told me the hard drive is dead and needs replacing. The Mac woudn't start. I replaced the hard drive with a Hitachi 100G 5400 rpm from OTC. The install was easy and the computer started right up and gave me the blinking folder with the ? and then the smile, then the folder with the ? etc. I loaded the restore disc and it lauched the install OS X menu. All was going smoothly until it came to the "choose where to install the system". The new hard drive doesn't show up. Nothing appeared in the box and the "options" button and the "continue" button remaines grayed out. I tried Disc utility and it could only find the DVD. The computer started with the new drive in it, it wouldn't do that with the old so I believe the new drive works. How do I get the drive to mount?
  2. Pensacola Tiger

    Pensacola Tiger

    Apr 22, 2006
    When I replaced the hard drive in my iBook I came across the same problem. For some reason, unless the drive is initialized first, the OS X installer doesn't seem to see it.

    Try this: Open the "Utilities" folder on the CD and launch "Drive Setup."

    If that doesn't work, do you have access to another Mac and a Firewire cable? If so, use Firewire Target mode to access the hard drive in the Powerbook and initialize it.

    If you don't, then you may have to boot from a Linux live CD for PowerPC (Ubuntu has one) and initiialize the drive.

    If all else fails, take the drive out and use the proper adapter and a Windows PC to initialize it.
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