12' mac powerbook wont boot, need help.

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by idiaz1258, Sep 14, 2009.

  1. idiaz1258 macrumors newbie

    Sep 14, 2009
    Can anyone help? I have a 12' g4 mac powerbook powerpc and I am unable to get it to boot. Whenever i start it up it never gets past the grey apple logo with spinning grey wheel. I tried to reformat with the mac OSX boot dvd and it doesn't accept it, it just spins for a few secs then the system turns off. I know when I put in a new hard drive it works fine, the thing is I would really like to get all my files from the hard drive. Can anyone help.

    Thank you in advance.:(
  2. RetroGamer360 macrumors member

    Jul 22, 2008
    Wow! A 12' G4 PowerBook ... and I thought my 17" had a big screen. It must be a heck of a thing lugging that around. :D
  3. leodavinci0 macrumors 6502

    Jan 26, 2006
    So you know the HDD is bad. The only method I suggest is finding an online service that specializes in recovering files from bad HDDs and mailing it out.

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