2nd Hard Drive won't Initialize

Discussion in 'Mac Help/Tips' started by BicyclePunk, Sep 13, 2002.

  1. macrumors regular

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    I got a hold of a 20gig ATA hard drive to add to my G4 2x500 machine. I already have a 40 gig, which I partitioned when I replaced the original hard drive that crapped the bed. I put this second hard drive in as a slave. The computer sees it and gives me the stats and all for it, but it will not erase it no matter what I try. I got it from my someone who pulled it out of a PC, but it should work. I think it is a western digital and it looks just like the one in the machine now. Any help would be great....I need this second hard drive. Thanks!
     
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    sparkleytone

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    if its an NTFS formatted drive, then that could be your problem. try booting to the OS X cd and repartitioning and formatting the drive from the drive utility there.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Oddly enough, that didn't do it either. But I decided to boot is OS9 and try it there. And as luck would have it that worked. Thanks!
     

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