HD Failure - Just In Time?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by drewdle, Jun 24, 2010.

  1. drewdle macrumors regular

    Apr 26, 2010
    Nanaimo, BC
    Curiouser things have happened, but what do you guys think of this?

    I pulled the WD120Gb drive from my iMac when I was working on it and replaced it with a new WD160. The old drive wasn't the original, but did have a 2003 build date on it. It seemed to work flawlessly while it was in the iMac.

    I went to put the old drive into my B&W G3, because I needed the Samsung drive that was in the G3 presently for another project, but interestingly, it seems to have bit the biscuit. It was only sitting on my shelf for a week, if that, but I can't get OS X to install on the drive, with the installer citing "I/O errors". The project (modding an old PS2) didn't turn out to be nearly as useful as the old Mac, so I gave it back the Samsung 120, and now it's humming along in the living room streaming SomaFM on OS X 10.4.11.

    Is there any reason why the iMac wouldn't have caught wind of a problem with the HD and the G3 did? Or did it just fail on me after I pulled it? Because man, that's amazing timing on my part. :)
  2. chrismacguy macrumors 68000

    Feb 13, 2009
    United Kingdom
    Sounds like you just had perfect timing, Ive never had a drive fail on me after swapping it, assuming that you havent managed to drop/damage the drive while moving it between the iMac G4 and B&W G3. Have you checked that the drive doesnt work in the G4 still? - It could just be a controller issue on the G3s side ofc.

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