G5 Power Mac having some HD issues.

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by newbiegeek, Jun 15, 2009.

  1. newbiegeek macrumors newbie

    Jul 31, 2008
    Hey all,

    I have spent all day with a colleague wrestling with a 4 and 1/2 year old G5 tower that has been throwing up all sorts of cranky errors. (i.e. firefox crashes, flash crashes, programs wont load, itunes stops working, firewire drives make it insane).

    As part of the diagnostic flow, I attempted to verify permissions on the core HD. Disk utility only took a couple seconds to determine that there is some unknown error with the HD, and it cant continue. This leads me to believe that we are dealing with a flailing drive, which very well MAY be the root of the problems!

    Super. Time to make an external clone onto a fresh HD, and see if that helps. Install CCC 3. Open CCC 3, it hiccups on the dock, and then nothing. *roll eyes*. Install super duper. Run super duper. Now super duper refuses to let me make a bootable clone of the core HD!?!?

    Fine, if that is how you want to play this game.

    I get two SATA enclosures. Put the suspect drive in one, and then a fresh drive in the other. Plug both into my MBP where i run a CCC bootable clone. Couple hours later, it is complete. Lovely. Plug the new clone into the G5 tower, and it does not see it as a bootable drive. Bollocks.

    Okay, lets try the CCC clone again.

    Same result.

    I am very tired about this, and am desperate for options.

    Any thoughts much appreciate on this matter.
  2. 300D macrumors 65816


    May 2, 2009
    Its pretty obvious you have a software issue, not a hardware issue.

    Reinstall the OS, a clean install, not a clone.
  3. California macrumors 68040


    Aug 21, 2004
    Software issue number one plus failing hard drive is a notorious recipe for disaster on PM G5's.

    Get a new hd and fresh OS will cure things. Leopard is better than Tiger for my G5's.
  4. TonyK macrumors 6502a


    May 24, 2009
    That is why last weekend I purchased Leopard for this PM G5. :)

  5. newbiegeek thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 31, 2008
    Well, that is fairly clear response.

    This badboy could use a re-install. Preparing to leap to leopard!

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