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    Tiger install can't see my Hard disk
    Hello. I got a Powerbook G4 (12") from a friend with a broken hard drive. I have replaced the hard drive, and now I'm trying to install OSX 10.4. But at the screen that says "select volume to install OSX on," nothing is displayed.
    The Apple website suggested the Hard drive might have been set to slave, but I ran the disk utility and this isn't the case.
    Here are the details:

    Drive model: Hitachi HTS541060G9AT00
    Revision: MB30A60A
    BSD Name: disk0
    Protocol: ATA
    Unit Number: 0
    Socket Type: Internal
    OS9 Drivers: No
    S.M.A.R.T. status: Not supported.

    Disk utility gives the following...
    Connection ID: Device 0
    Device Tree: pci2/ata-6@D/@0:0
    S.M.A.R.T. status: Verified
    Disc Number: 0

    The Hitachi website says there are no drivers I can download, they are in the operating system apparently. It says something about 'initializing' the disk with Disk Utility. I didn't see anything in Disk Utility that would let me do that. Can anyone help? I'd really appreciate it.

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    cradom's Avatar
    Member Since
    Feb 14, 2004
    Groves, Texas
    13in macbook - 10.11 --- 21in. iMac 10.11 --- HP win 8
    Open Disk Utility, click on the drive. Click on the tab that says erase. Give it a name and click on erase.
    Always listen to experts. They’ll tell you what can’t be done and why. Then do it!
    -Lazarus Long

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    coach_z's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jul 23, 2004
    North NJ
    i dont have no mac's
    yea it appears that you need to simply format the drive
    MoTM honor roll...
    i dont remember

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    Yep, you were absolutely right, that was all I needed to do. Now I've installed Tiger and everything is working fine.
    Thanks a lot for helping out a clueless Mac-newbie.

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