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(First off... I am not sure what OS this is running. My guess is an early 10 or maybe 9)
Hello. My friend just got an iMac from a garage sale. I haven't checked their imac out yet, but she says it does not boot. It goes right to a blue screen. She researched some topics and is now holding down option when it boots to see if we can boot OS X..... only problem is that there is no Hard Drive icon at all on the Startup Manager.

My guess is that it needs a new Hard Drive and a new install of OS X.
Do you think I am right at all?

Is there any way to check if there is a HD at all? I think Startup Manager just checks for HD's with the boot files.


(we also don't have an install CD... sucks... But if we know the imac works, we'll be buying Tiger. Does Tiger work with the G3 imac?)
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Ah. Thank you.
Now here is my next question. I have a 40GB to replace the one in the imac. If I am installing OS 9.0 can I format the drive in windows as a FAT32?
(My work around for that would be to put it in my external enclosure and then format it on my macbook)
what are OS 9.0 hard drives formatted in?

Then my last question would be, If I go out and buy OS 9.0, can I format the drive before I install it. Like if i have the install CD in it, will it format my hard drive?

thank you in advance!
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File Allocation Table (FAT) is a partially patented file system developed by Microsoft for MS-DOS and was the primary file system for consumer versions of Microsoft Windows up to and including Windows Me.
Hopefully that is enough to answer your last question.
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If you buy the OS then when you boot hold down C while booting. Choose disk utility and that will take you to a whole range of options....partitioning.....raid....restore....fir st aid. In here you can format the drive.
I'm not sure why you wany fat 32 but you can do this from within disk utility. Personally I have an external drive that has a partition...one fat 32 and the other as Mac HFS. I leave the drive in the Mac as Mac only.

If you were to run bootcamp (free download) so you could run windows from within Mac environment, one of the options in the installation is that you partition aand format the drive. You will of course need a registered copy of Win XP SP2 to do this. Does it install on OS 9....don't know. Do a search of the forum and you will find many things.

Remember search first and then ask as some members have answered the same questions so many times that they can get a bit snappy if you don't search first. Most however are extremely helpful and there is a huge knowledge base on this forum.

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Oh I have searched first.
What I needed to know was if I could format on my PC a hard drive as FAT32. Of course it does work with OS X, but I couldn't find any info about OS 9.0.

I'm going to be able to take apart the imac on Sunday. I'm hoping it is just a lose cable or something. But If not I have a 40gb HD that needs to be formatted, and I will just have to wait for my OS 9.0 to get here. I am hoping that will be everything to get it up and running.
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Of coure you can format it on a PC....but will it work with OS 9.......not sure but I would guess yes as Fat 32 has been around for a long time.

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Alright, thank you for your help.
I hope it all goes well. If I do need a new logic board or something.... it is not like they are that expensive.
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Here is an update and my solution.
I couldn't boot from the OS 9.0 cd. I ended up hitting the reset button and it finally loaded the OS, which was OS X 10.3. I have shut it down and powered it back on numerous times to see if it would still work... and it does.
why would the restart button fix it??
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