10 Replies Latest reply: Jul 14, 2014 11:40 AM by BDAqua
Sundance17 Level 1 Level 1

I Get a panic we are hanging error when trying to install the os on a new hard drive on a G5

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10

    Do you have the proper installer DVD for your model?

    Did you partition and format the new drive correctly?


    If you answered "yes" to the above questions, then you may have a hardware failure. Perhaps a memory failure. Check that your memory modules are all properly seated and installed.

  • Sundance17 Level 1 Level 1

    How would I format the hard drive I can not get anything to work. As you can tell I know nothing about a mac

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10

    Is the drive SATA 1.5 Gb/s compatible?


    Is the Install Disc 10.5.x? (10.4.11 would work for new Advanced Format Drives, but 10.4 Install discs never came that high).

  • Sundance17 Level 1 Level 1

    The hard drive is  Tiger and higher compatible. I have a tiger DVD install

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10

    What brand/model drive is it?


    Try disconnecting the Data cable at least from the drive, does it then boot from the Tiger Install Disc?

  • Sundance17 Level 1 Level 1

    The hard drive is a Seagate SATA 500gb. When I boot up I hold option key down I get 3 icons, one is an arrow pointing to the left, one is an arrow in the shape of a circle and the other one says Mac OX X install DVD. The only icon that works is the arrow pointing left. When I click on the arrow I see the Apple symbol then the error message panic: we are hanging here.

  • Sundance17 Level 1 Level 1

    I Was given this G5 and person who gave it to me took the hard drive so I had to get a new one. Does the hard drive need to be formatted  before installing, and if so how would I do that.

  • Sundance17 Level 1 Level 1

    I Have reseated the memory but still get the panic: we are hanging here. Is this a lost cause?

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10

    Yes, the hard drive needs to be formatted and OS X must then be installed.


    Drive Partition and Format


    1. Boot from your OS X Installer Disc. After the installer loads select your language and click on the Continue button.  When the menu bar appears select Disk Utility from the Utilities menu.


    2. After DU loads select your hard drive (this is the entry with the mfgr.'s ID and size) from the left side list. Note the SMART status of the drive in DU's status area.  If it does not say "Verified" then the drive is failing or has failed and will need replacing.  SMART info will not be reported  on external drives. Otherwise, click on the Partition tab in the DU main window.


    3. Under the Volume Scheme heading set the number of partitions from the drop down menu to one. Click on the Options button, set the partition scheme to GUID then click on the OK button. Set the format type to Mac OS Extended (Journaled.) Click on the Apply button and wait until the process has completed.


    4. Select the volume you just created (this is the sub-entry under the drive entry) from the left side list. Click on the Erase tab in the DU main window.


    5. Set the format type to Mac OS Extended (Journaled.) Click on the Security button, check the button for Zero Data and click on OK to return to the Erase window.


    6. Click on the Erase button. The format process can take up to several hours depending upon the drive size.


    7. Quit Disk Utility and return to the installer. Proceed with the OS X installation.


    It's only a lost cause when nothing else works.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10

    If you hold c key at bootup does it boot from the Install Disc at all? If not, what is the 2z691-****-A number on the Disc?


    Yes, the Hard Drive needs to be formatted first...


    How to format your disks...






    (To Install OSX on an IntelMac the Drive it needs the GUID Partitioning scheme mentioned at the bottom.)

    (PPC Macs like the G5 require APM Partition scheme.)


    Thanks to Pondini, Formatting,  Partitioning, Verifying,  and  Repairing  Disks...