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Starts to boot and rotating symbol stops. Hard drive or Super drive?

I assume this is a hard drive failure.

I saved everything on a FireWire external drive before this happened!

If I replace the hard drive, is there a way to reload everything onto the new hard drive? I have an OS 9 disk but not OS X 10.3.9.

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Hold down the option key while starting to select the operating system with the firewire drive plugged in. If you can start from the firewire, go to Applications -> Utilities -> Disk Utility and repair the internal drive.

If you install a new hard drive, start up from the system installation disk and use migration assistant to move your data onto the new drive.

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Tried that and also starting from OS 9 CD. the CD spins up and then rotating symbol stops again and I get the turn off and restart message

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Try removing the internal hard drive and booting from disk and firewire drive. This does not appear to be just a hard drive failure. Remove the battery & power adapter and hold he start button for 10 seconds. Start up holding the option -command & P & r keys, hold for three beeps.

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