Replacing a defective hard drive

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Spike Spiegel, Sep 22, 2005.

  1. Spike Spiegel macrumors regular

    Jan 27, 2002
    My hard drive crashed all of a sudden last week, and I ordered a new 160 GB Seagate to replace it. I was able to save my important files to an external disk befre it went completely. I just switched the old drive in the back bay with the new one, leaving it on cable select. When I start up from the Tiger disk however, the new drive doesn't show up in the selection window of the installer. Am I missing something, or is something wrong? Do I have to format the drive somehow, and if so, how do I do that? Thanks.
  2. eva01 macrumors 601


    Feb 22, 2005
    Gah! Plymouth
    Boot from the CD and then go to disk utility see if formating it from that works.

    If it shows up in disk utility that is
  3. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    Let me guess a G4 Tower older than the MDD machine ...

    Most likely the drive is too big for the old ATA controller Apple was including in the machines, you may want to get a new PCI ATA controller.


    But specifics on the machine might get people to help you pinpoint the problem a little better.

    Edit: Like making sure the drive goes on the ATA 100 bus, if it has one.
  4. yenko macrumors 6502a

    Aug 29, 2005
    No shorted cable select. OS X figures it out. :eek:

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