1 Reply Latest reply: Oct 11, 2012 8:28 PM by will.billy
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Hello. i have a PPC iMac G5 that was donated to non-profit agency. I initially installed Leopard. Shortly after, it began to run the fan for long long periods of time before starting up. I have learned that this usually indicates a problem finding the OS.

 

This continued for 10 or so startups and then, suddenly it stopped being able to find it at all. I didn't know if the HD had failed or not, so put in a new one just to start over.

 

After putting in new HD, and starting back up, the computer turned on fine, but then blinked question mark and file folder icon. I then put in the install disk for Leopard. The install disk booted up fine and began the install process but when it came to choosing the disk to load the OS it could not find one.

 

I have since tried doing the same process with an older TIger install disk also. When I try from the Tiger disk, the computer starts up, shows the Apple logo, and then just runs teh fan incessantly, but never reaches the install screen.

 

I have read many posts here but can't seem to find the right one. Any ideas? Suggestions?

 

Thanks so much.

 

Will 


iMac, Mac OS X (10.5)
  • 1. Re: iMac PPC G5 cannot find startup disk/HD
    will.billy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Another note: the original HD that was in teh computer no longer shows any data on it at all.

     

    I do have Disk Warrior and can run that if helpful, but I'm stumped why I can't just start from scratch with a brand new SATA HD...

     

    When I load the Leopard install disk, it does allow me to get to Disk Utility, and I was assuming I could use it to format my new SATA HD through it and then load Leopard. However, from disk utiltiy the only disk it can find is the install DVD itself. The newly installed SATA HD doesn't even show as being installed at all.

     

    Hopefully I'm just missing a step I don't know about, any help would be greatly appreciated.

     

    Best,
    Will