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Disk Utility Not responding, G5 10.4.11

459 Views 1 Reply Latest reply: Feb 10, 2013 1:01 PM by rccharles RSS
Kjazz Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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Feb 9, 2013 11:37 PM

Ran tech tool deluxe and all is well however activity monitor running at +100% .

Ran Disk Utiliy and the G5 froze giviing error message in acitivity monitor "Disk Utility Not responding"


Held power.Button down to force quit.  Then tried to reboot in Safe mode holding down the Shift Key, and then fan startied running high.

Dang!  Again held power button down to force quit.


What to do ???

PPC G5(Late Oct 05')dual core 2.0, PCIe, 8G RAM,, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • rccharles Level 5 Level 5 (5,150 points)
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    Feb 10, 2013 1:01 PM (in response to Kjazz)

    Ran tech tool deluxe

    This brings up all kinds of worries!  Why did you need to do this?




    I'd run

    --disk utility from dvd.

    -- hardware diagnostics

    -- could have a going bad harddrive.  Don't know how to tell, but if you can run successfully from DVD, you improve the case for a bad hd.

    -- could run from an external firewire hd.  If you do not want to open up iMac.


    You know there are lots of hardware issues with these early machines.





    You need an external Firewire drive to boot a PowerPC Mac computer.


    I recommend you do a google search on any external harddrive you are looking at.


    I bought a low cost external drive enclosure. When I started having trouble with it, I did a google search and found a lot of complaints about the drive enclosure. I ended up buying a new drive enclosure. On my second go around, I decided to buy a drive enclosure with a good history of working with Macs. The chip set seems to be the key ingredient. The Oxford line of chips seems to be good. I got the Oxford 911.



    Has everything interface:

    FireWire 800/400 + USB2, + eSATA 'Quad Interface'


    save a little money interface:

    FireWire 400 + USB 2.0

    This web page lists both external harddrive types. You may need to scroll to the right to see both.


    I suspect disk corruptions.


    verify & repair your startup drive

    To verify & repair you file system on the startup drive, you will need to run disk utility from you installation DVD.


    This article  will tell you how to get to disk utility.  Once in a disk utility, you can go and attempt to recover the disk.

    To repair your startup drive, you will need to run disk utility from your startup DVD.
    Mac OS X 10.4: About the utilities available on the Mac OS X 10.4 Install DVD


    How to run disk utility from your startup DVD.

    1. Insert your  startup DVD  into your reader.  Power down your machine.  Hold down to the c key.  Power on your machine.  This will bootup your startup DVD.
    2. This will bring you to a panel asking you for your language.  Pick your language.
    3. initial boot screen dvd.jpg


    4. You you come to the Install Mac OS panel.  Do not install.
    5. Click on Utilities menu item.  This will give you a pulldown list of utilities.
    6. Click on the disk utility.
      cd pulldown.jpg
    7. You are now in disk utility.  Pick your disk.  Click on repair it should be on the lower right of the panel.
    8. Once the repair completes successfully, you should update your permissions.





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