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    Juker
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    G3 - Hard drive spins up repeatedly, strange
    I have been a PC person until recently and am trying to learn more about mac's. Someone gave my an iBook, I think it's the 12.1" 700 MHz with 2 USB ports. It had a failing hard drive, it was a 20 gig drive running OS9. The drive was failing but the computer still booted from it.

    I pulled the drive and put in a 20 gig drive from an IBM thinkpad. The drive spins up over and over, like the spinup process restarts every second or so when I try to let the computer boot from the drive (I restored an image of the bad drive to this 20 gig drive).

    VRRRMMM,VRRRMMM,VRRRMMM, etc

    But I can boot from a Discwarrior CD and the hard drive spins up fine and I can access it from being booted off the CD.

    It only does that weird spinup thing when I try to boot from the drive.

    I tested the drive with 2 passes of the IBM hard drive utility Advanced test on a PC before putting it in the ibook.

    I thought there might be a trick to it because I have an iMac indigo doing a similar thing. I pulled it's 4 gig drive and put in a used and tested 20 gig drive but the drive goes click-click-click like a bad drive when it's in the mac but if I boot from a CD it works and is accessible plus it tests fine on PC's.

    I give up, need advice. Thanks.

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    is the drive close to full????

    i do know a drive sometimes needs to spin a few times during startup, maybe you have a loud drive? or does it keep doing it after the startup process is done?
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    Juker
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    Quote Originally Posted by coach_z
    is the drive close to full????

    i do know a drive sometimes needs to spin a few times during startup, maybe you have a loud drive? or does it keep doing it after the startup process is done?
    -chris
    No, the drive goes clunka clunka clunka (like a failing hard drive) non stop until I turn off the computer. If I pull the drive and hook it to an iMac 333 MHz it boots right up off of it no problems no strange noises.

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