Won't boot from HDD. Please help.

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  1. Sabaku.Ika macrumors newbie

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    Hi.

    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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