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G3 Ibook format Hard Drive

by Vonmoldy / October 19, 2006 9:09 AM PDT

My ibook wont boot to OS I dont have the install/restore discs.

How can I format my ibook HD so I can run Ubuntu without booting to OS?

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MY post may be unclear
by Vonmoldy / October 19, 2006 9:12 AM PDT

I want to format the HD but since my ibook wont boot to OS and I dont have the OS discs I need to be able to format the HD without having to boot into OS.

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Format iBook HD
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / October 19, 2006 11:01 AM PDT

The principles behind formatting a HD in an iBook is exactly the same as formatting a HD in any computer.
The computer has to be on and capable of accepting commands, however basic.
This usually means that the computer has to be booted into some sort of Operating System. On a Windows machine it is possible to boot into DOS, contained on a floppy, and tell the computer to format the drive. iBooks don't have floppy drives, as is becoming common on other computers. You could boot from an external drive, Firewire in the case of the iBook.

If you had an Ubuntu OS disk, maybe you could boot into that OS and format the drive.

Which ever way you slice it, which ever way you ask the question and however many times you ask it, the computer has to be booted into an OS for anything to happen.



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I tried ubuntu
by Vonmoldy / October 19, 2006 3:27 PM PDT
In reply to: Format iBook HD

I try booting into ubuntu from cd but it freezes.

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Did you ever try
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / October 19, 2006 10:24 PM PDT
In reply to: I tried ubuntu

to find the Mac OS disks for this machine on eBay?

That's where we left your last thread on this very subject


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by Vonmoldy / October 20, 2006 4:13 AM PDT
In reply to: Did you ever try

I dont have them thats why I was asking if there was a possibility of formatting it in single user mode or somthing like that. I dont want to spend $50 on restore discs just to find out the HD is fried anyways. Also I am going to be using a different OS.

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Formatting a Drive
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / October 20, 2006 4:42 AM PDT
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You cannot format the drive that you are booted from.

Therefore, if you do not have boot disks for any OS that the iBook will boot into, you cannot format the drive. Unless you know someone with OS 9 or OS X on an external drive, you will need to get a bootable CD for that machine.


Just replace the HD and you will know that it is good and you can go from there.


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Oh yes, one other thing
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / October 20, 2006 8:53 AM PDT
In reply to: Formatting a Drive

Even with a new hard drive, you will still need to format (initialize) it before you can install an OS on it.


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by Vonmoldy / October 21, 2006 6:05 AM PDT

I now know I need to buy at least the OS discs I guess I just need to cough up the cash for em. I am on a tight budget but buying these is absolutley necessary.
Thank you for your help.

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