HD recognition

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by ajia, Nov 5, 2007.

  1. ajia macrumors newbie

    Nov 5, 2007
    Ventura, Ca.
    Hi, new to these forums & have not tinkered with Macs since OSX.
    Things were going OK with my G4 until a few months ago.
    I added an SATA card & HD on the G4.
    Things went fine for a while, then I could not boot from the HD.
    I booted from the CD & went to use Disk Utilies.
    HD was named some long string of garbley-gook & I could not run any utilities.
    All were grayed out.
    After trying to reboot s few times disk disappeared!
    Bought a new SATA card, no difference.
    Bought a new SATA HD, no difference.
    Returned both. :eek:
    Now stuck trying to figure this out.
    New disk utility program?

    Anyone with any advice.

  2. jholzner macrumors 65816


    Jul 24, 2002
    Champaign, IL
    I would have tried resetting the PRAM. If that didn't work, I would have started up on the CD, selected the Start up Disk utility, and tried to select the drive there as the startup disk and then restarted.

    I had a HD disappear on me once and it seems that the system just lost track of where it was. I started up off the CD, selected it as my startup drive, and everything was back to normal.

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