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#1 Cleavis

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Posted 26 January 2010 - 08:59 AM

Howdy all.....

A Power Mac G5 Server has recently moved into my realm of responsibility, and I'm attempting to reinstall Tiger onto a replacement hard drive. Do I need to use a hard drive containing Apple firmware? Every attempt to use a SATA drive other than the original has failed. The OS looks like it's installing, and the Disk Utility tests pass, but the Install Utility won't allow me to use it as a Start-Up drive. The install looks like it's running fine, but after prompting me to reboot, it gives me the "folder with a question mark" icon and then switches to boot from the install CD.

Do I need to use a hard drive with Apple firmware? It's the only option I haven't tried. I'm considering a data recovery on the old hard drive and reusing it for the install, and I got a spare from one of my colleagues this morning.

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Posted 26 January 2010 - 03:56 PM

Have you formatted the drive as HFS+ before trying to install OS X?
You can also clone the old drive to the new one using SuperDuper! or Carbon Copy Cloner. Format the drive as HFS+ before cloning.

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Posted 28 January 2010 - 10:38 PM

Howdy.... thanks for the reply. Yes, I partitioned and formatted the drive just as it said in the instructions. As it turns out, the server needed a hard drive with Apple firmware, as its faulty one had, so I used an old Apple drive from a pile of other hard drives on my shelf, installed it, and it works great.

So... all is well. :blink:




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