Installing hard drives

maniac330

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I'm trying to install a new Western digital Caviar hard drive into my G5, but the system won't recognize that it is connected. Could it be that there is some sort of driver i need to install before it will work?
 

maniac330

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Also, I'm trying to install osx 10.4 and i don't have any other hard drives in the computer. I do have an old hard drive which has 10.4 on it if that helps anything.
 

vohdoun

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The question is, is it a SATA2 drive? and if I remember correctly on the G5's it's regular SATA which could explain why its not seeing it unless you use a jumper on the hard drive to set it to SATA 1.5 speeds for it to pick up.

As I had this same problem on the PC with a SATA2 drive.
 

pengu

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that COULD be the problem, but i beleive it depends largely on the "generation" of hdd. ie, a recent sata2 should work fine.

I recently put a WD 500GB SATA2 16MBCache drive into my 2004 G5 and it worked flawlessly first time.
 

maniac330

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I honestly don't know what the disk utility is. Sorry i'm really new to macs. I would like to ask if you remember the jumper setting you used on your G5. Right now I have pins 5&6 jumpered which puts it in "SATA 150MB/s" mode. The top of the hard drive also says to jumper pins 1 and 2 for "spread Spectrum Clocking". Is that something i should try?
 

pengu

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how are you determining that it "doesnt work" are you booting from CD/DVD?

if so, from the Utilities menu, choose Disk Utility. it should list the drives (including the DVD/CD drive) on the left, with details on the right.

what shows up there>
 

Nermal

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You'll need to use Disk Utility to give the drive a partition map and format it (HFS+ Journalled). It won't show up in the OS X installer until you've formatted it.
 

maniac330

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Thanks for the advice, I had no idea. So how do i access the disk utility to format the drive? I'm used to just seeing the installer start automatically.