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G4 Mini not seeing new hard drive

 
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2012 1:09 pm    Post subject: G4 Mini not seeing new hard drive Reply with quote

Howdy yall,
I was recently gifted a G4 Mini for a small project I'm working on, and discovered it had a bad hard drive. It will see the hard drive, but will not read or write to it. I ordered a new 160GB WD Scorpio Blue ATA/100 5400rpm drive and swapped it out, and now it will not see the hard drive at all.

This is my first time messing with Apple products, but I have been working with PC hardware for a very long time.

I don't know what to do next. If this was a PC, I'd jump into BIOS and make sure the drive was showing up there, but the mini uses OpenFirmware, which is something I have no clue about.

Any pointers from the experts?
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2012 7:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Boot to your restore or OS X DVD disk (hold down C key) and see if the drive shows up in Disk Utility. If so, you can format the drive there.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2012 7:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Question did you upgrade the firmware the g4 mac mini maxes out at a 120 gig's just like the silver g4 towers did you need to upgrade to the latest firmware in order for the mini to boot with that drive
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 29, 2012 4:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OWC lists drives up to 320GB for the 1.25GHz mini, so I'm not sure a firmware update is needed.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yes you can go up to 320 gig after the firmware update i had to do this recently on a mini that the hard drive took a massive dump
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