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Disk Utility Doesn't Recognize Hard Drive

501 Views 1 Reply Latest reply: Aug 17, 2007 5:40 PM by baltwo RSS
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Aug 17, 2007 8:09 AM
Hi all,

I have an iBook G4 running Tiger 10.4. Occasionally it freezes and when I restart, I get the blank grey screen, no Apple logo, nothing. I typically am able to boot to the install disc, use Disk Utility to verify disk permissions, make repairs and get things back up and running.

Today, when I tried that the only three icons I get are "2.6 GB MATSHITACD-RW CW-8123", the Mac OSX install DVD and "37.3 GB FUJITSU MHT2040AT"

Instead of these, it should be showing my actual hard drive. When I try to verify disk permissions on the one that should be my actual hard drive, I get the message "No Valid Packages".

This has happened in the past but usually if I rebot a few times, eventually it picks up the correct hard drive and I can verify it. This time, no luck. Any idea what this means? Do I need to do a clean reinstall? Thanks for any advice!
iBook G4, Mac OS X (10.4)
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,150 points)
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    Aug 17, 2007 5:40 PM (in response to TT29VA)
    Which Tiger 10.4? There are eleven iterations: 10.4.0 through 10.4.10. Did you ever remove the packages located in /Library/Receipts/? If so, boot with the install disk and do an Archive & Install installation onto the internal HD. Report back with the results.
    G4 450 MP Gigabit 1.5 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.4.10)


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