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Format a PC HDD for Mac use

by rapheek / May 15, 2010 9:00 AM PDT

Hi there,
Here is the problem. I got a iMac G3 from work (from recycling), but there's no HDD in it. I have a 80GB spare HDD formatted for PC and I'd like to format it for the Mac. Any program I can use on the PC to format it for the Mac?
Thanks for your help.
Rafik

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Nothing on the PC but,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / May 15, 2010 10:09 PM PDT

if you have the Restore CD for the iMac or a copy of the System 9 or OS X installation disks, you can format it from those.

Install the HD, insert the CD and power it up. It should start from the CD and allow you to use the Disk Utilities program that is on the CD.

You did not give any details as to what version of iMac this is or it's age.

Check at work to see if anyone has the original disks for this thing.

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GParted
by 3rdalbum / August 4, 2010 11:15 PM PDT

GParted is some Linux software that can create an HFS or HFS+ filesystem (use HFS+ for Mac OS 8 and later). If you don't already use Linux you can download the GParted live CD from http://gparted.sourceforge.net/livecd.php

Burn the ISO image to disc using the "Burn Image to Disc" function of your burning software, and then boot up your computer from the CD.

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Disk Utility
by jackhochschild / October 22, 2010 10:56 PM PDT

As said previously, wipe it clean with disk utility and then install the Mac OS 9 software onto it.
I've done this before on OS X - don't know if it's the same on OS 9.

Why not get a version of OS X - it will probably make it easier.

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