G4 MDD HD Death?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by j_mardis, Jan 25, 2010.

  1. j_mardis macrumors newbie

    Nov 5, 2003
    I think my hd went out, but to make sure I am here asking...

    I have a G4 dual 1ghz (pretty sure, can't see it right now) mdd, os 10.411, and it froze up so i did a hard restart: hold the power button for 10 seconds til it shuts off. When I turned it on the next time it would not boot up. Gray screen withe the spinning wheel of bars like it is thinking, searching, and longing to start up.

    Booted from the install cd to access the hd, but it acts like it wants to install the os fresh.

    Please tell me I can access my info...


    PS: I have tried searching with no avail for similar problems, but nothing.
  2. AlexMaximus macrumors 6502a


    Aug 15, 2006
    A400M Base
    Harddrive failure

    I had a boot problem once with my MDD hard drive. It is a Seagate Baracuda with 120 Gig with the Apple logo on it. That was a one time incident two year ago and I still use it. However, not as a system drive.

    Besides that I had two other incidents on different hard drives that completely went dead. Both times of the catastrophic failures the hard drive let me save my date till they died. Usually they make noises till they are dead.
    (head crash)
    That means you should have at least one or two more good boot ups till your data is gone for good if hear noises. If not, your hard drive might be still ok, at least your chances are better getting your data back for backup if you don't hear anything.

    To restart the drive and make it boot again, sometimes to unplug the power and ATA cable may help. Maybe even put it out of the computer for a day or so. Reset that little switch on the mainboard when you replace/reset the bios battery. I would take out the bios battery for 2 minutes and put it back in. That resets the boot routine usually.

    If nothing helps, then go to the Geeksquad guys from Bestbuy. They can rescue the data as well for a small price and put it on a new one.

    good luck !!
  3. snouter macrumors 6502a

    May 26, 2009
    if you can put the hard drive in an external enclosure, you should be able to see it from another working mac.

    New hard drives are pretty cheap, and if the original hard drive is going on 5+ years... I'd look to replace it anyhow.
  4. raziel777 macrumors regular

    Apr 3, 2009
    League City, Texas
    Hold down the option key when you boot.
    If your hard drive isn't there to choose from it is probably toast.

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