Mac question: installing new HD

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  1. EricW

    EricW Cinematographer

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    hi. i have a G4, from '99. OS: 8.6

    yesterday my Master HD failed, so i had to replace it. master: original 10G drive, add on(slave): 40G western digital.

    i replaced the 10G Master with another 40G western Digital, but for some reason the computer won't read it when connected, not by itself or with the second working HD connected, either as master or slave. i've also tried to use another new 80G maxtor, same problem - computer won't read it.

    help...
     
  2. Patrick Larkin

    Patrick Larkin Screenwriter

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    after booting from your system CD, open up Drive Setup (found in the Utilities folder of the startup CD, and see if it can "see" the hard drive.

    is there an operating system on it? if not, you need to boot from a system CD and install the OS on the new drive.
     
  3. EricW

    EricW Cinematographer

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    i solved the problem. what happened was when the master failed, i inserted the boot OS CD and it immediately recognized the failed master and offered to initialize/format it. so i assumed that it does that on all new HDs. anyways i did the disk setup and it worked.

    thanks
     
  4. Scott L

    Scott L Producer

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    wow, it's weird hearing a problem like this on a mac.
     

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