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    Exclamation iMac - Can't Find HDD - Problem?

    Hi there,

    I just recently tried to get a 20" iMac G5 (been sitting in a box for a long time) to work. It displayed erratic behaviour, sometimes starting up fine, but more often getting stuck on grey spinning wheel or even failing to find startup disk.

    Symptoms led me to believe that the problem was with a faulty HDD. Hence, I bought a brand new 160GB HDD today, opened up the iMac, and swapped it out.

    Booting off the original restore disk works fine until I get to the "select destination" part, where no drives show up to be selected.

    What can I do to make the drive show up?
    Is the problem with the data connection to the disk or something physical?
    Any other wisdom?


    Many thanks as always guys,

    //doobi18
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    You may want to format the drive first. Just a guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adyh View Post
    You may want to format the drive first. Just a guess.
    How exactly do I format a new drive?

    I assumed that the OSX install disks would let me do that... ah well.

    A bit of thinking tells me the best way to format the disk would be to slot it into a spare space in a PowerMac G5 - from there will I be able to sort everything out with Disk Utility?

    Thanks!

    //doobi18

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    First, before you reformat the drive, just go through these:

    -Does the HD stutter?
    -Does the HD make weird noises?
    -Slow loading times when trying to access a file in your hard drive? (though this can also be attributed to formatting)
    -Finder freezes trying to access a file on your hard drive?

    If all of them yes, then probably, yeah, you got a faulty HD. Otherwise, I won't say so without formatting.
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    And just before I continue... you might like to read this:
    iMac G5: My computer stops responding during startup



    How exactly do you format a new drive?

    From the DVD, choose your language, then when you click continue on the next screen, the menu bar appears, along with install options. Go to the menu bar, there's something like "utilities" then go to Disk Utility.

    About Disk Utility's Repair Disk Permissions feature

    After you've done that, see if you can boot. If not, then you should reformat

    Reinsert the DVD, run Disk Utility, and this time, use the "Partition tab" select "1 partition" from the drop down menu, use "Mac OS X Journaled" for format, then click "Apply"
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    I'm at clause 8 - If you are unable to reformat your drive or are unable to see the drive in Disk Utility, you may try to use a third-party disk repair utility to see if it can repair the disk. - and still can't see the BRAND NEW (albeit unformatted) disk.

    Suggestions?

    Thanks!

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    You can try plugging it in an enclosure then use another computer to see if you can read it...

    The option of taking it to AppleCare remains the best bet. (it's hard to troubleshoot hardware problems without actually being there to see it...)
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