Won't boot from HDD. Please help.

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Sabaku.Ika, Apr 6, 2006.

  1. Sabaku.Ika macrumors newbie

    Apr 6, 2006

    Starting last evening, I have been unable to make my G4 Powerbook with Tiger boot past the screen with the apple.

    I used the Tiger install DVD to repair the disk. It found problems, but thinks it fixed them.

    It still won't boot from the HDD.

    I think what I want to do is copy a few important files to an external HDD and then reinstall the OS, but I can't seem to do that through the disk utility, unless there's a way I don't know. It will let me look inside the internal, but that isn't helpful if I can't move anything elsewhere.

    Any suggestions?
  2. MacHarne macrumors 6502

    Mar 3, 2005
    Virginia, U.S.A.
    Could be a bum drive. My PB hard drive totally balked at the beginning of this year. I could get to the grey screen and it would forever illuminate a nicely dulled grey. I was unable to do Target Disk Mode, too, so I couldn't back up.

    Back up what you can and call Apple.
  3. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    From within Disk Utility on the installation disk, can you make a disk image (disk image from folder) of your account and save it straight to the external?
  4. Sabaku.Ika thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 6, 2006
    I can make a disk image as you describe, but the external drives appear grey in the side bar and I don't know of a way to save to them. I can save the image to the main drive (which is why I don't think it's dead), but that won't do me any good if I then reformat it. Or will it? Will everything on the physical drive get replaced or just the image with the OS on it?
  5. Sabaku.Ika thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 6, 2006

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