6 Replies Latest reply: Apr 26, 2012 4:13 PM by Ronda Wilson
AppleChazz Level 1 (0 points)

I installed a new hard drive in my iBook G4 14" and started with the Leopard installation disk. In transferring my data from my Power Mac G5 the process hung up (for more than 10 hours now) showing "Less than a minute" on the progress indicator.


What do I do now?

iBook G4 (14-inch Late 2004), Mac OS X (10.5)
  • Ronda Wilson Level 8 (41,210 points)

    HI, and welcome to Apple Discussions.


    When you installed the new hard drive, did you format it and partition it with the Leopard installation disc?


    How are you attempting to do the data transfer? FireWire? Ethernet? Wireless network (very slow).

  • AppleChazz Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for your response, Ronda.


    I formatted the new hard drive and partitioned it with the Leopard disc.


    Data transfer via Firewire 400.


    Since my inquiry, I quit the transfer process, selected the user from the G5, and ran Verify and Repair Disk Permissions on the partition. (Only 2 permissions repaired, everything else OK).


    My problem now is that I cannot connect to wifi. Our Airport Extreme is working for all other devices (2 iPhones 4 a current iMac, a current MacBook Pro and my G5) and the iBook G4 was working with our Airport Extreme before I replaced the drive.

  • AppleChazz Level 1 (0 points)

    All issues solved on my own.


    Thank you, Ronda! Thank you Apple Support Communities!



  • Ronda Wilson Level 8 (41,210 points)

    Good to hear.




    I'd ask you how, but, if you're like me, sometimes you just fiddle around with things until they finally work, with no idea of exactly what you did.


    If you do know, posting back your solution(s) could help someone in the future.

  • AppleChazz Level 1 (0 points)

    OK, just one remaining issue: The range of my wifi is much shorter than before I replaced the hard drive in my iBook G4 14". I tried reseating the Airport Extreme card, as well as reseating the antenna in the card. The iBook has full wifi signal only when it is a few feet away from our Airport Extreme, whereas before the hard drive swap it had full signal anywhere in our home, like all our other Macs and iPhones.

  • Ronda Wilson Level 8 (41,210 points)

    The extensive operation involved in replacing the hard drive may have resulted in damage to the antenna. That's my best guess. You could try a new AirPort Extreme Card and see if that helps.