7 pass erase...then...

Discussion in 'macOS' started by DamoRed, Sep 14, 2009.

  1. DamoRed macrumors member

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    Hi all,

    At the weekend, I performed a 7 pass erase with Disk Utility on my beloved Lime iMac 400. It's in preparation for new lease of life, at a primary school. The problem is that when I put the 10.4 install disc in and attempt to start up from there, to re-install, all that happens is after a minute or so after start up, a folder icon appears in the middle of the screen, with an alternating Mac face and a question mark.

    The problem may lie with the USB hubs, which appear to work intermittently. When transferring files, I had to switch the keyboard from one slot to the other, despite both working previously, before switching, if you see what I mean. Now I'm wondering has something more terminal happened in the procedure, and thus, I cannot start up from the CD, because holding down C on startup is not being seen if the USB hub is not recognising the keyboard.

    Is there any way I can install 10.4 on my iMac via Target Disk Mode or any other option?

    Thank you
     
  2. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    Does the computer mount on another Mac using Target Disk Mode? It sounds as though the iMac might have a dead hard drive.
     
  3. DamoRed thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes, it does mount. I did the 7 pass erase via target disk mode.
     

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