Ibook G4 Hard Drive problem

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by splatman, Sep 27, 2006.

  1. splatman macrumors newbie

    Apr 17, 2004
    My ibook has been playing up a while, not booting up first time so tried the disk utility programme, verify disk - and get a message saying volume header needs minor repair, the repair disk option is not highlighted and i am unable to choose it.

    I borrowed some discs from a friend and tried the install disk and press c, i get the message "this software cannot be installed on this computer" then i choose start up disk 10.4.4 and it trys to restart but just repeats the same thing. I am running 10.4.7 now so i am guessing i would need that disk?

    Is there a way i can repair my disk?
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    Hmm... It might be too late, but take it in to Apple. :eek:
  3. deebster macrumors 6502

    Oct 21, 2004
    Olde Englande
    You could try booting in single user mode.

    After restarting hold the Command (Apple) and S keys down until the screen turns black and a bunch of white text appears.

    Then type in exactly this

    fsck -yf

    and hit return.

    You should see it check your drive's directory structure and catalog files, and at the end will either report what repairs it made or say 'Your HD appears normal' (or something very similar to that).

    Run it again regardless of the result, and once more if you fancy it. You should then definitely be seeing the 'Normal' report.

    Then type in


    and hit return. If your Mac boots up then you've successfully repaired your disk. If not it may be the sign of deeper troubles.
  4. 2nyRiggz macrumors 603


    Aug 20, 2005
    Thank you Jah...I'm so Blessed
    Where is the disc that came with your ibook. You might have to take it in to the apple store but try what deebster mentioned its worth a shot.


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