iBook can't read my external hard drive

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by hojoon0724, Jun 19, 2010.

  1. hojoon0724 macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Im trying to restore it from an external hard drive with leopard disk image on it, but the iBook can't recognize the format.

    The hard drive itself works fine on all other computers. Just not in my iBook.

    Any suggestions?
  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    What Mac OS X version are you using and what is the format (file system used) on that HDD?

    Can you recognize it via Disk Utility, and if so, does a Verify Disk tell you anything?

    Btw, what do you mean by "disk image"? Do you have a .dmg file copied to it and try to mount from it to install your OS? Or have you extracted it and try the same? Or what else do you mean?
  3. iThinkergoiMac macrumors 68030

    Jan 20, 2010
    Also if the drive is USB, you can't boot from it (easily). In order to boot from it, you'll need a FireWire drive (or be willing to do some hacking).
  4. SuperCompu2 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2006
    Also, it's crucial that the iBook is not running a G3, but had at least a 900MHz+ G4 in it. The official cutoff for Leopard is an 867 G4.

    Aside from that, try putting the HDD in a firewire enclosure if possible. This way the disk will be bootable with the older hardware.

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