10-08-2009, 08:51 PM #1
Disk Utility won't recognize new hard drive
- Member Since
- Oct 08, 2009
- Powerbook G4, Imac Intel
The original hard drive (80 GB) went bad, so I replaced with a new 160 GB Western Digital one. I formatted the hard drive using Disk Utility from the Mac OS X Disk. It worked the first time I booted into Leopard (I just booted up to make sure the OS loaded...didn't install any new software and/or hardware).
Then I shut it down and started it back up, and the computer didn't recognize the hard drive. I inserted the Mac OS X disk and ran Disk Utility, but the hard drive was not recognized.
So now I'm thinking the new hard drive was also bad. So, I ordered another one (Seagate 160 GB) and it to was not recognized when I ran Disk Utility from the Mac OS X disk.
When replacing all of them, I followed directions I found here and other websites. They all said to do it the same way, so I'm assuming the directions for replacing a hard drive in a laptop were correct.
I searched Google and found several posts suggesting using an application called Disk Warrior, but from my understanding, you cannot run it from a disk, it needs to be installed, which is obviously impossible since the hard drive isn't recognized.
Then I ran Open Firmware and did "devalias" from the prompt. From what I can tell in the list of hardware, the hard drive is recognized, but I am not sure. I took a picture of the screen here is the image URL: Pictures by Veshta777 - Photobucket
In the list, "hd" is in the left column and in the right column of the same line is "/pci@f4000000/ata-6@d/disk@0" (without quotes).
If anybody has any suggestions, they would be greatly appreciated.
10-08-2009, 10:24 PM #2
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- Jun 11, 2007
- under a rug
- 13" MBP 2.53 DC2, 09 Mini 2.0 DC2, 07 Mini 2.16 DC2, MB 2.0 DC2, iBook G3 900MHz, G4 Sawtooth 1.6Ghz
you shouldn't need it but disk warrior will boot from a disc."i believe louisiana is the pelican state"
10-08-2009, 11:12 PM #3
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- Nov 28, 2007
- Nambucca Heads Australia
- Imac 27" Retina 5K, 512GB flash memory, 3.3GHz, 16GB memory, macOS Sierra beta.
What are the specs of the PowerBook, does it reach leopard's minimum, how did you format it and is the Leopard disc a black coloured full retail install DVD and not from another machine?
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