Ordered + replaced new HD but it is not recognized

Followed the thorough and detailed iFixit instructions for replacing my hard drive using tools and a hard drive ordered from iFixit. Very straightforward. Afterwards, I started the computer from a bootable external drive, the computer works fine, but the hard disk utility does not see the drive. I got out my mac mini and started the powerbook in target mode - the firewire symbol appeared on the screen of the powerbook to let me know that it was indeed in target mode, but again, running disk utility on the mac mini did not see the new drive I installed in the powerbook. I'd like to exhaust diagnostic options before I have to go back and open it up again. Thoughts ?

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Why are you replacing the drive? What was it doing before?

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Good question. I just assumed the drive was bad since the Powerbook would just give me the "?" icon while it behaved perfectly when I attached an external bootable FW drive to it. Is that a decent assumption ?

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Bad hard drive ribbon cable or bad connection of the cable to the drive or to the logic board. Please double check the drive connections.

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Good idea. I do remember I had some difficulty getting it to sit correctly. I will go back in. Thanks.

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+ I agree with this. The old drive may be good

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Sounds good to me. +

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