Problems After Replacing ibook Hard Drive

mjms4

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i recently replaced a hitachi travelstar 30GB HD (model: IC25N030ATMR04-0) with a Fujitsu 6GB (model: MHK2060AT). the new hard drive doesn't seem to be working. when i turn on the computer the screen flashes gray twice then goes black, and the HD makes a consistant and rapid clicking sound.

when i put in the old hard drive it still works, so i don't think i hurt the computer while working on it. could there be any other reason the new HD is not recognized?
 

yankeefan24

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6GB or 60? 6 sounds extremely low and I don't think everything that you need will fit on that.

EDIT: Ran the model number, it is a 6GB drive! Make sure that the OS and everything is installed on it. Also, if the drive is clicking, it may have failed or be broken.
 
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mad jew

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The clicking sounds like a broken drive but as well as checking there's an OS installed on it, have you formatted the drive? If you start off the Restore discs, do they recognise your drive and are they able to format it?

By the way, FWFW, 6GB is probably too small for OSX to run properly, if at all. Obviously this isn't as relevant if you'll be running an older OS though. :)
 
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mjms4

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ibook problems

thank you for you reply.

i'm not really clear on the formatting process. i tried booting the computer with the startup disks (2002 version). is there a step i've missed?

i put in a 6GB hard drive because i wasn't actually sure i'd be able to successfully replace the HD, so i didn't want to purchase anyting too expensive.

thank you for you time,
m.
 
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yankeefan24

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I am saying that the drive has failed. If there is a warrantee, try to get a new one, if you bought it from ebay or somewhere else used, you were possibly scammed.

Put the disks in and hold up 'd' at startup. Run the disk utility from the menu bar and click verify. See what it says. Also, just to refresh my memory, what OS was out in 2002?
 
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mjms4

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ibook problems

version 10.2

the same problem presists when i tried the 'd' button. i guess it is the hard drive. i bought it new form ifixit.com, i can't believe they sent me a ****** HD.
 
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jellero

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i am from the future. as much trouble as it is to get that hd and low prices on replacements, i cannot understand why you would put in something smaller. that is probably why it doesn't work. even 12 years ago, the ibook g4 is not worth taking apart completely twice. you can fit a 320 gb hd. i chose to install a 160 gb but that was when i was shooting photos that were only a quarter mb too. i am locked out of mine after having airport card out.
after 25 years, i doubt i would ever buy another mac, the planned obsolescence is too much. i have 10,000+ photos in one of my three g4 towers, (that was over $10k new!) can't get them out, they are no longer compatible with the newer iphoto. on and on. owners should also be able to run their machines with passwords off or any other way they feel fit... john
 
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Project Alice

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ibook problems

version 10.2

the same problem presists when i tried the 'd' button. i guess it is the hard drive. i bought it new form ifixit.com, i can't believe they sent me a ****** HD.
omg. OS X won't even fit on a drive that small. I mean you can get tiger down to 2gbs but then what?

What iBook is this? If you bought a drive that small somehow I feel like its user error rather than ifixits fault
 
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bobesch

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ibook problems
version 10.2
the same problem presists when i tried the 'd' button. i guess it is the hard drive. i bought it new form ifixit.com, i can't believe they sent me a ****** HD.
I'd go for a cheap USB-To-IDE-adapter-cable. It's a real SwissArmy-knife, when it comes to swapping drives.
With your working 30GB drive in the iBook, you may then check, if the new drive is working and even clone the internal drive or make new installation onto that new USB-attached drive, so you don't have to assemble / disassemble the iBook all the time, which IMO is really awkward and no fun ... (for both Clamshell and white iBooks and I don't even want to think about the cracking sound, when removing the bottom-case of a white model).
I'd prefer an mSATA/IDE-converter solution over a spinning drive. Makes the white iBook a rugged companion for on the go. Especially, if you consider, that most spinning IDE-drives probably are used ones and after e.g. >15y close to their EOL (doesn't mean I wouldn'd use such an old drive, if I already have one, but wouldn't by a "new" one.)
 
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