G3 iBook doesn't see new hard drive

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  1. Chris Lewis macrumors newbie

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    Newbie Alert! I've done some searching, but can't seem to find what I need.

    My 600MHz G3 iBook sucked it's 20Gb hard drive. Bought a new 60Gb Fujitsu from Fry's and downloaded the step-step replacement instructions from my computer at work.

    Removed about 2000 screws and swapped the drive. I inserted the software restore disks that came with the iBook but it can't find the new drive.

    WHAT AM I MISSING?

    Thanks in advance.

    Chris
     
  2. jeremy.king macrumors 603

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    You need to format the drive with Disk Utility.
     
  3. Chris Lewis thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Disk Utility?

    As I mentioned - New guy here. :rolleyes: My Macs have always worked like an appliance for me - turn it on and go never had a failure before the other day.

    Can you point me to where to find "Disk Utility" and how to use it.

    I appreciate the quick response.

    Thanks,

    Chris
     
  4. caveman_uk Guest

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    It's in Applications->Utilities.

    Do you really expect it 'to work like an appliance' when you've just ripped it's guts out?
     
  5. Mord macrumors G4

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    put in the mac os x install disk and go to disk utility (it's in one of the menus).
     
  6. Chris Lewis thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Caveman - I thought of it as more of a lobotomy, being memory and all... :p

    Hector - Thanks. I was attempting to use the iBook Software restore disks and was hitting a wall. I've been toying with upgrading to 10.3. Should I just get the new software and start there?

    Thanks everyone.

    Chris a.k.a. "Appliance Repairman"
     
  7. Mord macrumors G4

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    now the trouble is 10.4 is around the corner it's a hard one, 10.3 is well worth it but i'd be pissed at shelling out to only shell out again for 10.4
     
  8. jeremy.king macrumors 603

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    Alright Newb :rolleyes: *holds hand*

    This is how I access it from my Panther CD.

    1. Insert the Mac OS X CD.
    2. Restart the computer.
    3. Immediately after the startup sound, press and hold the "C" key to start up from CD.
    4. When the Installer screen appears, do not click Continue. Instead, choose Installer > Open Disk Utilities.

    Is this the same with Restore CDs? :confused:
     
  9. Chris Lewis thread starter macrumors newbie

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    This is what I've been trying with the Restore CD's (holding C key while booting). The problem is that it sees the restore CD, but cannot find the new hard drive with the 'select' feature so the "restore" option stays grayed out. The only option is to quit. I don't get any furhter.

    I don't recall a specific OS X CD in my pack of disks that came with my iBook. I'll check again when I get home.

    Thanks,

    Chris the appliance abuser
     
  10. diamond geezer macrumors regular

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    Look for an iBook Install CD rather than the Restore CD.
     
  11. Chris Lewis thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Geezer - thanks! I'll see what I can find this evening. I recall an OS 9 install CD, maybe I just passed over the OS X.

    Chris
     
  12. jeremy.king macrumors 603

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    You may be able to use Drive Setup on the OS 9 CD to initialize and format the new drive. Then when you use the restore CD, the restore process will re-format the drive.
     
  13. Chris Lewis thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for all of the great suggestions, everyone! Hopefully, I'll have good news to report tomorrow.

    Chris
     
  14. pewtermoose macrumors newbie

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    if i remember correctly from my 500MHz G3 dual USB model, the discs that came with it simply copy the files over to the HD, unlike if i booted from my retail Panther discs which let you go right into disc utility.

    also, when i got it back from a logic board replacement, i tried restoring from those CDs (which had 9.1 and 10.0 on them) and they wouldn't recognize the HD. huh?
     
  15. Mord macrumors G4

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    i got a copy of 10.2 with my 600MHz ibook along with the software restore disks.
     
  16. Chris Lewis thread starter macrumors newbie

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    You Guys Rock!

    Thanks so much for your help in getting my "appliance" back in working order.

    I found the right disk, found utilities, formatted the hard drive and am now reloading the software.

    Another Newbie successfully assisted. :cool:

    Thanks again,

    Chris in Seattle
     
  17. Mord macrumors G4

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    glad to hear it.

    *take not all those people that have started threads on replacing a powerbook/ibook HD*
     

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