eMac - Hard Drive(?) issues

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by jzajenius, Dec 6, 2007.

  1. jzajenius macrumors newbie

    Dec 6, 2007
    I have a 700mhz eMac (gforce graphics card) that isn't working well. It seems to pause on almost every function (opening apps/web-browsing/file transfers etc...). It pauses for a few seconds of extra loading time, clicks once and runs the requested function.

    I am wondering because of the click sound if it may actually be the hard-drive causing the pausing issues (as processor/loading noise on macs is generally silent). I have done all of the disk utility fixes etc. with no positive results; disk utility can not find any problems with the HD.

    Another problem is that it is very finicky with booting from the optical drive, so I am somewhat worried about replacing the HD with a new one and having to re-install. I could care less for the data that I have on the current HD, so I am open to any option.
  2. ADent macrumors 6502a

    Sep 9, 2007
    On the later eMacs (800MHz) changing the hard drive is a royal pain.

    I would use an external firewire hard drive if possible.

    The opticals are pretty easy to change on the later though.
  3. jzajenius thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 6, 2007
    The operation was a sucsess! I replaced the hard drive with the help of http://www.wilko.com/emac/'s FAQ on eMac disassembly.

    The install disc didn't work however as expected....so after messing around booting with a firewire drive (where i was able to find out that the DVD drive was recognizing the install DVD as a blank disk) I was able to install Tiger by target disk booting of my iMac G5. Thank goodness the eMac worked for booting Leopard from the iMac.

    Next up....Find a Pioneer DVD burner and perform surgery on the beast again next weekend.

    FYI, for a novice to rip apart & rebuild the eMac, it only took a little over an hour.

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