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Formatting a A1025 HD with Smart failure warning.

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by raomak, Jul 14, 2010.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Hi guys...
    I have a mac powerpc A1025 that i bought from an Online Acution and it came with a formatted HD,, when installing OSX its not showing me any hard disk to install at.
    Disk utility shows the hard disk has Smart Failure but it is able to detect and calculate the disk size correctly.
    I am thinking i need to Fdisk or reformat the Hard disk so that it calculated the magic numbers again but i am new to MAc and i dont know the command that i should be using.. please help...
  2. macrumors 601


    Sounds like the disk wasn't properly formatted for your PPC G4.

    Open Disk Utility from your OS install disc. Select the HDD you want to format. Select the Partition tab and select volume to 1 partition. Select options and format it as APM Apple partition map and OS Extended (journaled). Click Apply and you should be all set. Exit DU and reinstall the OS.
  3. macrumors 68000


    Disk Utility will not format or erase a drive with a failing drive. Honestly, you don't want to use it anyways. If its far enough gone that SMART knows its failing, its on its last few days of life at best.
  4. macrumors 68000



    second that. unless this is going to get you rescued from a deserted island or something 'life or death' like it, don't bother. there are ways around it, but a failing drive isn't going to just 'get better'... it only get worse. best of luck.
  5. macrumors newbie

    Yes infact the Partitopn and Format options are disabled in Disk manager..
    I was wondering some Command line help with Fdisk might get me accross.
  6. macrumors 68000


    The only way I know around this is to use it as an external disk. SMART isn't typically supported on Firewire or USB, so attaching it externally would allow you to format it. As far as command line stuff, its not like in Windows where you can use things like chkdsk.
  7. macrumors 68000


    i agree with the external solution, great way around SMART in a disaster situation.

    chkdsk from windows is a rip-off of FSCK which has been part of unix since about 1970... open a terminal window and type MAN FSCK for the details. as always, read the directions and use with caution. at this point, it's already broke, so i don't imagine you can do much damage.

    it might help, but again, why mess with a dying drive unless this is 12/21/2012 or something like it... best of luck.

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