#2 HD won't boot

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by jeffreyH, Jul 8, 2009.

  1. jeffreyH macrumors newbie

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    I installed a 2nd hard drive a couple years ago, Serial ATA. Model is WDC. Worked fine. Now it won't show up on the desktop when I startup. It clicks 5 times, then is silent for a few seconds. Repeats this for about a minute then nothing.

    When Drive #1 finishes booting up, I get a window asking if I want to INITIALIZE or IGNORE. I'm ignoring it for now since I'm hoping to save the files I have on it.

    Disk Utilities sometimes "sees" this drive (not very often); sometimes it does not. When it does see it, any Repair or Verify buttons are gray.

    System Profiler does let me "see" that the drive is there. That's where I got the model.

    Any ideas on how I can repair this drive w/o resorting to formatting it again?

    PowerMac G5 running OS 10.4.11

    Thanks,
    Jeff
     
  2. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    If it's clicking and not showing up, the drive is probably dying.
    do you have a backup?
     
  3. Sayer macrumors 6502a

    Sayer

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    Nothing lasts forever. If it has stuff on it you HAVE to get to, and don't have backups (bad idea) then you need to send it to a data recovery company and see if they can get into it.
     
  4. marco114 macrumors 6502

    marco114

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    yes don't try using software. you will only damage it further. right now, you have a decent chance of getting the data back by using a company

    drivesavers is a popular place and quite capable.
     

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