Installing Tiger On PowerMac G5 Hard Drive Issues

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Cisherwood321, Apr 14, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Apr 7, 2013
    I have encountered an issue while trying to install Tiger from a DVD to a Powermac G5 2.0GHz. After I insert the disc, it boots fine and loads up the Tiger installer. After I select a language, I continue until I must a location to install Mac OS X. The problem is, no hard detected. I cannot select anything from this menu. So I reboot and in the installer use the Disk Utility Tool to try to format the drive, and it still isn't displayed. I'm pretty sure I installed it correctly, and I don't know what the issue is. Please help, I will give you any other details you need. Thanks!
  2. macrumors regular

    Nov 20, 2010
    what kind of hard drive is it? make model size?
  3. macrumors 65816


    You need a SATA card for SATA 3 drives.
    This happens because the mobo's sata controller cannot aggregate link bandwidth with your hard drive.
  4. macrumors 68000


    Nov 15, 2012
    Not always.

    OP: Try the disk utility again. Boot up, wipe, x out of Disk Utility, and see if it still doesn't show up.
  5. macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    Some SATA III drives, work just fine in a G5 if they are set to SATA I or II mode. However, most don't work at all. That being said, we still don't know what kind of hard drive the OP has. It could be the stock OEM drive for all we know.
  6. macrumors 65816


    What hard drive is this.
  7. macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2012
    Republic of Texas
    Incorrect. Depends solely on the drive, but most SATA-3 devices are supposed to be backward compatible with SATA-1 and SATA-2.

    Both of my G5's drives are SATA-3 and worked straight out of the box on the logic board's SATA-1 controller.
  8. macrumors 65816


    Some drives automatically throttle the link speed when they detect there is an a link aggregation issue; some drives do not throttle. Some drives that do not throttle automatically can be made to throttle with jumpers.

    If the drive does not throttle automatically and has no jumpers then a SATA card is needed.

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