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formatting a new hard drive

I have a powerbook g4 in which the hard drive went. I purchased a new 320 gb hard drive and after watching some videos on youtube installed the hard drive with no problems.

I placed the leopard install disc in the computer holding down the C key as I booted up but the computer did not give me the option to see the disc and use disk utility to do the installation, instead it spit out the disk as it finished booting up and I got the question mark folder.

can I burn disk utility from an other machine and try to format the hard drive from the newly burnt cd?

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Seems your Leopard disk is bad or your DVD drive is bad. You wrote it was "newly burnt"? You should use Disk Utility to copy a Leopard DVD. Can you boot from the Leopard DVD from another Mac?

If you have another Mac you can format the PowerBook drive from the other Mac. You will need a FireWire cable that fits in your PowerBook.

Connect the FireWire cable between your other Mac and your PowerBook. Start the PowerBook in disk target mode by holding down the "T" key on the PowerBook on startup and you will see a FireWire symbol floating on the screen.

Open Disk Utility on the other Mac and you will be able to format the disk on the PowerBook.

Now you could also install OS X on your PowerBook through disk target mode if your other Mac is also a G4 machine and it reads the Leopard CD fine.

Keep us posted :-)

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