iMac G4 new HD not supported?!

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by iDutchman, Dec 23, 2010.

  1. macrumors 6502a

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    So I finished installing a freshly new 500GB WD Caviar BLue (IDE) 3.5" HD.
    This was done in an 15" 700mhz 1GB RAM Imac G4.
    It was a real pain in the ass to do and when I boot the bastard and run the install CD (Panther, don't have Tiger right now), it says that the HD is not supported.

    I format with disk utility. MAC OS Journaled.

    Thing I get: S.M.A.R.T. Status: Not Supported.

    So it won't install. Very very frustrating.

    Even though you cannot understand the language, it's quit obvious:).

    What the hell is going on? Thanks in advance.
     

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  3. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    OK we're installing. Thanks for the help intell.

    The problem was that a previous installed version of OSX was necessary.
    Because this Panther cd's apparently are 'upgrade cd's'

    So, I installed 10.1.2 (original iMac cd's) and then inserted the panther.
    Still limited to 128Gb but I don't care. It's just a fun little project.
    I'll be getting Tiger tomorrow. So it will run real smooth with that.
     
  4. macrumors regular

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    That's sucky that it doesn't support large drives. Glad to hear you got it working!
     
  5. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    UPDATE: I installed Tiger and surprisingly Tiges does support the full 500GB (!). So iMac G4's with 10.4+ have more than 128GB support.
     

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