My PowerBook G4 does not recognize it own hard drive why?
My PowerBook G4 does not recognize internal hard drive. when i boot without cd it will not boot and i will see a question mark on the screen and a small icon that represent mac os. i have Mac OS X 10.3 that i used on my old iMac. when i restart the computer and press ALT it will bring a screen only with cdrom and it will read the cd, when i press enter to install it will reboot and bring a white screen with a Traffic sign that says (do not enter)and ends there. i removed the hard drive and connect to a pc and formatted it but still it will not recognize the Hard drive. what can i do to get to clear that sing and get to installation window? is the problem the Mac OS and if yes which version do i need? pls help.
Tiger (10.4) would be the best Mac OS for your machine. If the machine is full ram and has a fast drive you can also install Leopard (10.5) but the machine performance could be a little sluggish. Now your problem is the installation disk. You'll have to find a retail installation disk (black disk) cause your iMac disk (grey disk) won't work with the PowerBook. This is a specific installation disk for the iMac only. Also, the hard drive must be formated with a mac, not with a PC.
I just replaced my old hard drive with a new 80 Gb drive (PowerBook G4 1.5 GHz). I tried to boot up with an OS 10.4 for which I have a CD.
Everything goes well until it asks to identify the hard disk to install the software. There is no hard disk visible.
On the other hand if I open Disk Utility, it shows the hard disk.
What am I doing wrong?
Much appreciate your advice.