Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. #1


    Member Since
    Aug 15, 2009
    Posts
    3
    Setting up a new HDD in a G5
    Hello, I'm new to the mac world and really am hoping someone here can help me. My work was getting rid of a G5 powermac and I was able to get it so long as the HDD was removed (for information security reasons). I quickly fitted a new 80gb HDD and booted the system with the OS X 10.1 disk inside to re-install everything. However no matter what I try I just get the flashing question mark icon on the screen, I've tried holding C on bootup with no change and am a bit stuck now. I also tried the same thing with the OS 9.2 disk that was in the box, still no luck

    Does anyone know what I'm doing wrong and how I should go about installing the OS? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  2. #2

    louishen's Avatar
    Member Since
    Oct 22, 2007
    Location
    London
    Posts
    8,968
    Specs:
    Mac Mini Core i7 2012 | White 2009 MacBook 2 Ghz | 733 Mhz G4 Quicksilver
    Are they the grey restore disks that originally came with that mac?

    Are you pressing C immediately on power up and holding the C key down until booting starts

    Have the people at work pulled the interface cable out from the optical drive by mistake?
    Member of the Month September 2008 & August 2012 | Found advice useful? use the rep system

  3. #3


    Member Since
    Aug 15, 2009
    Posts
    3
    I have a grey OS X developers tools disk, an OS X 10.1 disk and a OS 9.2 disk.

    I've tried holding down the C button from startup and the DVD drive is connected up fine.

  4. #4

    louishen's Avatar
    Member Since
    Oct 22, 2007
    Location
    London
    Posts
    8,968
    Specs:
    Mac Mini Core i7 2012 | White 2009 MacBook 2 Ghz | 733 Mhz G4 Quicksilver
    You cannot boot from a developer disc.

    Likewise you cannot boot a G5 in to Mac OS 9

    And finally the G5 ran 10.2 and above, so that might explain why the 10.1 disk will not work.

    You will need a retail copy of OS 10.4 Tiger or 10.5 Leopard, unless your work has the grey restore DVD that came with the G5 when shipped
    Member of the Month September 2008 & August 2012 | Found advice useful? use the rep system

  5. #5


    Member Since
    Aug 15, 2009
    Posts
    3
    Humm, the Box's must have become mixed up as the G5 instruction books etc are in there. I will check it out on Monday, thanks.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Don't find HDD anymore after interrupted HDD erase in disk utility
    By Vertigo68 in forum OS X - Operating System
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 10-27-2013, 07:26 AM
  2. Replies: 4
    Last Post: 08-14-2012, 02:57 PM
  3. MacBook Pro 4,1 OEM HDD swap to Seagate 640GB HDD
    By nvr_home in forum Apple Notebooks
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 12-09-2011, 03:17 PM
  4. HELP!!! Lost all setting on Apple Mac. Gone back to original setting!!!!!
    By HappySad99 in forum OS X - Operating System
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 02-24-2011, 01:16 PM
  5. 4MOT/1/40000003: HDD error message after replacing hdd
    By autorigin in forum Apple Desktops
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 12-12-2009, 09:40 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •