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Powerbook G4 Hard drive install

My hard drive quit responding and the disk utility showed a sector error and would not repir. I got a new 250GB WD drive, installed it and now the disk utility will not see it when i try to install OS X 10.4. What am I doing wrong?

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Take it apart again

and make sure that you have all the connections connected.

Does the drive spin when you power on the PowerBook?

What does System Profiler show when you are booted from the 10.4 installation disk?


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One thing I found

One thing I found, and is kind of a catch-22, is that sometimes the OS X installer won't recognize a disk unless it's been partitioned and formatted... And to do that you tend to need a working system. For me, even the copy of Disk Utilities on the install DVD didn't work. This is why it's handy to have a bootable external drive.

Anyway, start by doing as already suggested. Make sure the drive spins and generally shows signs of life when you turn the system on. If you get that much, you can try running Disk Utilities from the Utility menu in the installer. If that fails, you'll need to boot the system into target disk mode and connect it to another Mac, or put the drive into an external enclosure and then partition and format it. If that fails, then you would appear to have a defective drive (lucky you) and you should RMA it or return it to where you got it for another one.

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