the ibook chronicles ep1 - my HDD wont Detect

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  1. hansolo669, Nov 8, 2011
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    hansolo669 macrumors regular

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    #1
    thought i'd spice up the title a bit ;)

    on a more serious note i have a ibook g4 and finaly got a (working!) power adapter for it (long story)
    having replaced the known bad HDD i proceeded to put in a known working hdd (i tested it and formatted it right before i put it in) much to my surprise when i tried to install my copy of osx server (10.4) the hdd was not detected(by disk util)! when i tired it with a couple other spare hdd's i have lying around same result!
    i highly doubt its the IDE controller thats at fault here (the comp would be freaking out yes?) so my guess is that either:
    A: osx server (or my version) is failing at recognizing any internal drive
    or
    B: the connector cable is shot

    i am also cloning my power macs hdd to a external (USB) drive to see if i can boot that, and get some sort of useability out of this thing.
    i will also give my debian cd a go (more or less for the heck of it)
     
  2. hansolo669, Nov 10, 2011
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2011

    hansolo669 thread starter macrumors regular

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    well to continue the story
    the HDD to motherboard cable is shot.
    carbon copy cloner can not, in fact make USB ppc bootable clones.
    unfortunately it seems no one sells this cable (ebay is not an option).
    so it appears that unless one of the good gents in the PPC forum step forward with a idea(or you know...a donation of this cable :p ) this project will have to be put on hold (at least until i can afford a fw HDD enclosure)
    thoughts?
     
  3. 666sheep macrumors 68040

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    You should do RTFM better, because CCC does it perfectly ;) :p
     
  4. hansolo669, Nov 12, 2011
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    hansolo669 thread starter macrumors regular

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    odd

    oh wait

    by ppc bootable clones i meant USB ppc bootable clones :p (i fixed it)

    goodness /me smacks face

    as for an update, i managed to find a store that sells the exact part! any one ever bought from we love macs?
     
  5. 666sheep macrumors 68040

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    It's not a CCC's fault. It's limitation of your hardware. Some PPC Macs are booting from USB, some do not. Mostly these with USB 2.0 do. My PM G5 and eMac booted off USB without problems (and OF hacks) but my PB 1.67 didn't want to.
     
  6. hansolo669 thread starter macrumors regular

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    hmm odd, afaik this ibook has USB 2.0. though i think it has more to do with the OF ver. rather than the support (or lack of) USB 2.0, perhaps this ibook has a older/non-usb-boot-support OF?
     

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