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ddrew360
Feb 16, 2008, 07:03 PM
Hi - I just installed a new hard drive in my mac ibook g4 - but when I turn it on I still get the blinking folder with a question mark.

Can anyone help

(tried PRAM, tried option on start up, etc)



2nyRiggz
Feb 16, 2008, 10:56 PM
Do you have a spare PC or external case where you can test to see if this hard drive is working?

Is the HDD connected properly?.....take it out and do it again...that might make it register.



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Reflow
Feb 16, 2008, 11:29 PM
Hi - I just installed a new hard drive in my mac ibook g4 - but when I turn it on I still get the blinking folder with a question mark.

Can anyone help

(tried PRAM, tried option on start up, etc)

Did you format it with disk utility yet?

ddrew360
Feb 18, 2008, 09:28 PM
Did you format it with disk utility yet?

How do I do that? If I turn it on with out a os x cd it just shows the blinking question mark, if I start with the disk it starts up but after choosing the language it tells me it can't find the hard drive - the utility menu up top does not work either

Reflow
Feb 18, 2008, 09:31 PM
I think you have to hold down the 'C' key with the install cd inside. Then run disk utility and format the drive

keepit120
Nov 6, 2008, 12:03 PM
I had the same trouble. My iBook could not locate HD. I bought a new one and still the same thing. When I boot of of an OS disk and go to Disk Utilities, it cannot locate the hard drive to re-format the disk??? What other factor could it be. The computer boots fine off of a network.
If I format a HD before installing it into the iBook, what type of format should I do OS(Journaled) etc..?

jodelli
Nov 6, 2008, 01:05 PM
What are some of the drive specs/details?

r.w.b
Dec 28, 2011, 04:01 AM
This is an old thread, but for others with the same boot drive troubles, it happened to me on a couple of iBooks, recently, and here are the reasons why the fault occurred:

1] Check that the ribbon cable to the drive has not become detached from it's socket on the other side of the mainboard. The connector is hidden under tape, and that tape can hide the fact that the cable is loose. The connector becomes undone very easily.

2] Check that you have actually connected the ribbon cable to the drive correctly. It's easy to connect only one row of the IDE connector pins, and that error is only seen from below the drive.

Hoping that this helps others.