4 Replies Latest reply: May 7, 2011 11:53 AM by ciccino
ja507098 Level 1 Level 1

I have an older -- 2005ish -- G4 ibook. I would like to pass it on to my young niece, but it is in need of a complete reformatting of the hard drive. While the hard drive is 30 GB, after manually deleting all but the essential programs, it only allows me to store on about 3.5 GB of hard drive. It also is too slow. Is there any way to completely restart without the boot disk? I lost it somewhere along the way.

 

Thanks.


ibook G4
  • Ronda Wilson Level 8 Level 8

    Hi, and welcome to Apple Support Communities.

    ja507098 wrote:

     

    Is there any way to completely restart without the boot disk? I lost it somewhere along the way.

     

    There is no way to restore the iBook to its new state without the original system discs. Sorry.

  • ja507098 Level 1 Level 1

    OK, then. I've trashed all of the applications and files, but it still says I have used 24.6 of the 27.8 possible GB of the hard drive. How would I erase that drive?

  • Ronda Wilson Level 8 Level 8

    You could go to System Preferences > Accounts and create a new account, using your niece's name for the account and being sure to give that account administrative privileges. Sign out and sign in with the new account. Once you see that the account is working all right, you can delete your old account.

     

    Unfortunately, you could have done this without dumping all the applications, some of which she may have wanted. If they were original applications that came with the iBook, there's no way to get them back without the system Restore discs that came with the iBook.

  • ciccino Level 1 Level 1

    you also could install linux, ubuntu for ppc

     

    http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ports/releases/10.04/release/