Sep 7, 2008, 07:22 PM
I have a G4 iBook that would not start. I was able to start up with a 10.4 install disk, but the hard drive is not recognized by the installer so I cannot re install. I started it up in Target mode with another mac, but the hard drive does not mount (I know the target mode worked properly because I still had the 10.4 install disc in the iBook and that did mount on the other mac). I have an external firewire drive with OS X installed and I can start up from it when its plugged in. After it boots, I get the message that says something like: OS X does not recognize the disk you inserted. You can Initialize, Ignore, or Eject. Before I give up and initialize the hard drive, I was wondering if anyone had any advice about repairing or restoring the disk so I can get my photos and music, etc off of it (I would just restore from a backup, but I'm an idiot and don't have a backup). I tried a demo of Disk Restore II, but it found nothing, so I'm afraid to purchase any disk utilities just to find out that it won't work. Any help is appreciated.