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I have a old I mac running 8.6.Its been in my daughters room ,not being used for awile. Went to start it up and at start up have flashing "?" and flashing folder.I got the I mac 8.6 insatll cd and booted with it I went to do a clean install but have no Destination disk. and a warning saying" A valid destination volume can't be found. To continue the installation process, mount a valid volume for software installation." What happened and do I do next?
Thanks for any help, Bob
 

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It appears that you may have lost your system disk.
 

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Which model of the imac do yo have? With a little effort on your part you should be able to replace the hard disk drive. You should me able to get alarger capacity hard drive.

I would double check to see if the hard drive is really bad. I believe on the install disk, you should find Apple first aid. Run that program and see if you can see the disk drive.
 
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rman said:
Which model of the imac do yo have? With a little effort on your part you should be able to replace the hard disk drive. You should me able to get alarger capacity hard drive.

I would double check to see if the hard drive is really bad. I believe on the install disk, you should find Apple first aid. Run that program and see if you can see the disk drive.
Sorry for the late reply to your reply, I've been out of town. When I run the disk first aid from the start up disk it shows no hard drive to check, just the install disk. In the system profiler it shows the imac as PowerPC G3, 350 MHz.The CD rom is a push in ,not a tray type.It has 64MB of memory.This was my third Mac. Went to PC a few years ago. I sure would like to restore this little IMac. What do you think? Hard drive, lots of memory, new operating system ( I had 8.6 on this one). Is it worth it. Don't really know were to begin, but I'm up for it. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Bob McDuff
 
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I agree with rman that you need to run Apple First Aid or another utility but it does sound like the hard disk is dead. If you go with a new hard disk the procedure is fairly straitforward. This website was recommended in this forum by who has done a hard disk replacement: http://www.djonmac.com/index.html. You might want to check it out before you decide what to do.
As far as hardware goes you should be able to find a replacement hard disk for less that $100 (USD).
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