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Where did my hard drive go???

When I try to install os x onto my iMac it says basicaly that there is no hard drive to install it on. Before i tried installed the new os, i always had a hard drive(obviously) and i never had any problems with it. so what i did now was tried to install the old os 9 back into the computer, but my hard drive still isnt there. What do i do?

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Hard Drive

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Which iMac are you trying to install OS X onto? How much RAM does it have?
Figuring out how you got into this position is the first step. I guess that the iMac was working correctly,running OS 9.x.x, before you decided to install OS X, is that correct?
What did you do from that point? Is the OS X installer the real thing or is it on a Restore Disk from somewhere?
The full installer for OS X requires that you boot from the CD and allow the installer to do its thing. This "should" have left you with OS X and OS 9.x.x living on the same HD without a problem. If this was the way you went, did you Format the HD (with the installer) and then install OS X? If so, your HD is probably formatted in a way that OS 9 can no longer "see" it. Can you Boot the machine from your OS X CD's and then use the Disk Utility to check out what is happening. What I don't understand is, what happened to the OS 9 that was on the working HD?

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Where did my hard drive go???

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The original OS was 9.0.4. I went up to OS 10.2 and it was working fine for a while, but then I tried starting it up one day and it wouldnt start. So i tried booting it up from the OS 10.2 cd, but there was no drive preasent to install it on. I then tried the same thing with the OS 9.0.4 cd and here I am.

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Hard Drive Missing

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Sounds like you no longer have a hard drive, or at least a working one.
The first indication was that the machine failed to start up one day. However, it booted from a CD but there was not Hard Drive present.
Your next step is to replace the Hard Drive and start again. I have a horribly feeling that you have no backups. If this is the case, you have lost everything. Before you go find yourself a soft rope, do the following. Start up the machine from either one of the Installer CD's.
DO NOT go into the installer. On the CD you should find a Disk Utility program. Run it and see if it "sees" the Hard Drive. If it does, try to get it to fix it. Do you have any other utilities, Disk Warrior, Techtool Pro, etc.? Power down the machine and, with your ear close to the cd tray/slot, start the machine up. Listen for the sound of the HD spinning up. If it is spinning, a utility "might" save your data.
Worst case scenario, dead drive with all data lost. Best case, a HD will a badly corrupted directory that "may" be recoverable with Disk Warrior.

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Hard Drive Missing

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P. Did this poor person hear a screaching sound when he booted up. Sometimes, an indication that your hard dive has bought the ranch and is dead. Morte!
But all is not lost. You could probably suggest how to recover data drom a dead hard drive. I have heard of this before. The I.R.S, F.B.I., C.I.A. and and the Feds. know how to do it also. :?)

Kevin

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Hard Drive Missing

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P. Did this poor person hear a screaching sound when he booted up. Sometimes, an indication that your hard drive has bought the ranch and is dead. Morte!
But all is not lost. You could probably suggest how to recover data drom a dead hard drive. I have heard of this before. The I.R.S, F.B.I., C.I.A. and and the Feds. know how to do it also. :?)

Kevin

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Is there any progress

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on this problem.
It has been very quite for a while

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Quiet Post

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P, Our IT personnel will take a dead hard drive and put the original hard drive disk onto a working hard drive, transfer all the data to a new drive and all is not lost. How they do it? Not mine to question or how to figure it out. I an not IT.
How did the person send a post if his hard drive was dead? Just a question? :?)
Kevin

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Hi there

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I was wondering if after booting to the cd (either the 9.02 or the Jaguar one...did you try using drive setup? It could be you may just need to run it, then run disk first aid or maybe even try running Disk warrior via its cd to repair the hd.

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