Have I killed my hard disk?

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  1. daniel-b, May 30, 2012
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    daniel-b
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    Hi all,

    After my success using FWB hard disk toolkit to partition and format the flash drive, I thought I'd use it to repartition the hd in my Quadra 650. The drive is a 4 gb IBM, which was formatted as a single partition, which led to huge file system overhead.

    This turned out to be a disaster ...

    Everything appeared OK. I made the partitions, and copied a system folder onto one of them but now when I boot the machine with the hd connected, I get a sad Mac. If I disconnect the hd, I can still boot from the flash drive.

    Setting the startup disk to the flash drive has no effect. I have to disconnect the hd to be able to boot.

    Is there any way around this? Can I somehow bypass the hard drive and reformat it again?

    I suppose there is a remote possibility that the drive may have died as a result of the pummeling the toolkit gave it, but I doubt it.

    I really should learn that if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

    Thanks,

    Daniel
     
  2. Lil Chillbil
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    I have no answer but I can't help but notice that you have the worst luck with
    computers seeming like they're doing fine and then blowing up in your face

    Chillbil out
     
  3. daniel-b
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    Computers like me...

    Anyway, because I'm just playing with these old crocks, I do things I wouldn't risk if they were used for work, or had important data on them.
     
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    I get you, but do you even do research on google or youtube before you do any surgery
     
  5. daniel-b, May 30, 2012
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    Of course I do.

    Since I'm doing quite a few things at once, you got the impression that I have a lot of failures. This is not really the case. I've never actually bricked anything (before now).

    In this case, I don't really know where the problem is - as far as I can see (I still need to check this) I can't even boot from a diskette when the drive is connected.
     
  6. daniel-b
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    I can confirm that the computer won't boot AT ALL when the hard drive is connected. Not even from a diskette.

    When the hard drive is disconnected it will boot from the diskette or from the flash drive.

    I think the drive hardware has failed.

    Anyone have another explanation?
     
  7. MacTech68
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    Sounds like the driver that FWB HDT installed onto the drive is incompatible with something. Make sure NO OTHER SCSI device is connected and there is no CD in a CDROM drive (if you have one).

    I have a few queries before going further;

    How did you boot up the Quadra to re-partition the 4GB drive?

    What version of HDT are you using?

    Is the Quantum drive an Apple badged version ?

    When does the Mac 'bomb'. Immediately, or after the Happy Mac face?
     
  8. daniel-b
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    Never mind, it's fixed.

    It was indeed incompatible versions of the disk driver, system and whatever.

    Thanks for your help,

    Daniel
     

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