Replaced CD-DVD drive and hard drive at same time

I installed a new hard drive and a new CD-DVD drive at the same time. I need to install OS10.5 and partition my new hard drive but the drive is not recognized. Only my CD-DVD drive shows in disk utility. I double checked my hard drive cable connections. Now what?

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Check the new hard drive for jumpers (if any) and make sure it's set to master. What kind of drive did you get and from where?

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I bought a 160 GB PowerBook Hard Drive Hitachi Upgrade from PowerBook Medic they said would work with my iBook G4. My iBook G4 wouldn't recognize the original hard drive anymore and I tried to revive it with Disk Warrior without success. There were no jumpers on the new HD; it was a straight plug in to the cable.

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Were you booted in target mode to see the optical drive or from the internal PB drive?

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Jim, your HD ribbon cable may be faulty. Was it replaced too ?

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No, I didn't. The reason I didn't is because I used my G4 desktop to read the old harddrive via a fire wire, so I figured the ribbon cable must be ok. I am going to try the firewire thing again to see if my G4 will recognize the iBook G4's new HD. What do you think?

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That should work.

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I don't know what you mean by target mode. I had to use my install disk to boot up, then I was suppose to partition my new hard drive in disk utilities but it didn't list my new HD so I could partition it.

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Could you try to clone your G4 desktop HD to the iBook internal drive via firewire and SuperDuper. The internal drive will be erased and a valid system installed then you'll check if the iBook boot from the internal.

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