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PB Hard Drive not booting

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nathanschwam Calculating status...
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Nov 30, 2013 7:52 AM

My PB computer was on for a day or so and when I went to use it it would not wake up from sleep - I assume it goes to sleep after the screen saver runs for a while.


I turned it off using the Power switch. and turned it back on but it only goes a far as the gray screen with the Apple logo.  No spinning wheel or progress bar. 

I then booted from the 10.4.11 Install disk, ran Disk Utility and it reported the following:


Error: The underlying task reported failure on exit.


Volume could not be repaired because of an error.


I then ran the Tech Tool Deluxe 3.1.1 disk which I got with my Apple Care back in 2006.  It ran all tests except Surface Scan and reported problems in several categories relating to Volume Structure.    I went back and included surface Scan.   It found 18 errors but seemed to get hung up after 5 minutes.

After rebooting to the TT disk, it is now not finding my hard drive!


Would an updated Tech Tool or Disk Warrior be likely to repair the drive?  Am I likely to be able to recover files from the hard drive?  Thank you for any advice you have!

Mac OS X (10.4.11), LaserWriter 16/600 PS
  • Donald Morgan Level 6 Level 6 (12,415 points)
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    Nov 30, 2013 8:49 AM (in response to nathanschwam)

    It sounds like a Hard Drive Failure. I doubt that TT or Diskwarrior will do anything to fix these errors. It is expensive to recover anything from the failed HD.

    You can try to Power it down again Pull the Plug and turn it clear OFF.

    Leave it OFF for at least 5 minutes then you can try to Start the Computer. If it does then be prepared to transfer anything you need from that computer a USB Backup drive.

    Sorry but from what you explain don't get your hopes up.


  • jpsulisz Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Dec 13, 2013 10:24 PM (in response to nathanschwam)

    I recently replaced a HD in a iBook G4 and it had been pretty easy since I found a compatiable HD in a USB 2.0 External Case, you'll be looking at a costly repair from anywhere $20-40, it would be perfect for those twins to use and play with in a couple years.


    Cheers, -JP


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