Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. #1

    Member Since
    Jul 27, 2006
    PowerBook G4 - Replacing Hard Drive
    The hard drive in my Powerbook G4 crashed recently. I just installed a new hard drive last night. Since I cannot access the old hard drive I'm not sure how to format the new hard drive and install the operating system. Can someone help me with how to do this?

    Thank you

  2. #2

    Member Since
    Oct 27, 2006
    If I follow your question correctly, you don't need your old drive you need your system installation disks. Just pop it in, reboot, hold down the 'c' key. You will be given the option to format (HFS+ Journaled) and off you go!
    If you have data on your old drive and there is any possibility of recovering it, get an enclosure for it. You don't mention your model of G4 PowerBook so you want to get an enclosure that does both USB and Firewire and holds a 2.5" laptop drive.

  3. #3

    Member Since
    Jul 27, 2006
    I recently upgraded my Mac OS to 10.5 Leopard so I am assumming this is the disk I should insert. I have the original disks but these are from the old operating system. I tried inserting the new operating system disk this but I did not hold down the "C" key. I will try this tonight.

    I did purchase a case and have my old hard drive installed in a case so that I can try and recoved some of the files.

    Thank you,

  4. #4

    Member Since
    Oct 27, 2006
    You are well on your way! Use the Leopard disk, never mind the old ones. I hope you can get your data back.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

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

Similar Threads

  1. Replacing Hard Drive
    By shipley in forum Apple Notebooks
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 12-06-2011, 09:48 PM
  2. Replacing hard drive
    By mknabster in forum Apple Notebooks
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 01-14-2010, 11:21 AM
  3. Replacing a PowerBook hard drive.
    By Booshanky in forum Apple Notebooks
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 02-22-2008, 09:55 AM
  4. Replacing the Hard Drive?? Help
    By needsomehelp in forum Apple Notebooks
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 03-09-2007, 11:26 PM
  5. replacing the internal hard drive on a powerbook aluminum
    By wenseleydale in forum Apple Notebooks
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 06-05-2006, 05:20 PM

Posting Permissions

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