How do I initalise a HD from a PC?....sorry I'm thick...

in Genius Bar edited January 2014
I've just been given a almost new 20 gig IBM travelStar laptop HD which came from a Dell LaptopPC and has Win2000 on it. I popped it in my Pismo G3/400 Powerbook to replace the 6 gig but when I try to install OSX (or 9) they cant "see" it to even initialize/partition. I assume I need to get an apple HD driver on it but how the [email protected]%$*& do I do that?!? Help for the misguided please!! <img src="confused.gif" border="0">


  • Reply 1 of 9
    My head is bleeding from all the scratching your problem has caused-does the OSX system disk Disk Utility not show the disk and give you the option to initialise / update drivers? Ditto for the OS9 system disk? P.S. best of luck.
  • Reply 2 of 9
    No It doesnt see the disk either the update driver function wont work if theres no disk mounted! I cant believe people dont have this problem all the time.... <img src="graemlins/oyvey.gif" border="0" alt="[No]" /> <img src="confused.gif" border="0">
  • Reply 3 of 9
    This is truly weird. You might try using a low-level disk format from the pc to erase all partitions and mbr. other than that im not sure
  • Reply 4 of 9
    stimulistimuli Posts: 564member
    Boot into 9 (edit: from CD), fire up Drive Setup (edit: in the Utilities folder on OS9 CD), initialise the disk.

    Now is your chance: If you want two partitions, choosed 'advanced setup' from one of the menus, and make 2 HFS+ partitions instead of one.

    [ 04-16-2002: Message edited by: stimuli ]</p>
  • Reply 5 of 9
    whisperwhisper Posts: 735member
    I think your computer came with a hardwar diagnostics CD. Try booting from that as see what happens.
  • Reply 6 of 9
    Yeah tried that too, but nothing... Claims I had no hard disk installed!! Can i have F*%[email protected] up my powerbook completely?? because I stuck the old 6 gig disk back in and it cant see that either now, even though its got OSX on it!! I've rechecked all the connections and everything is tight and nothing seems broken... It still boots fine from the system installer disk so its not the processor card/ motherboard.... Damn, damn damn, I knew it was too good to be true... sigh <img src="graemlins/oyvey.gif" border="0" alt="[No]" />
  • Reply 7 of 9
    thuh freakthuh freak Posts: 2,664member
    seems to be a bad conn. the mac should be able to see the hard drive regardless of their formatting, assuming it has the drivers. you may wanna check out and look for drivers 4 mac.

    since you say that the comp can't see the orig apple drive it just makes it seem even more like a bad conn.
  • Reply 8 of 9
    stimulistimuli Posts: 564member
    Yeah, make sure the connector on the bottom of the HD caddy is properly seated on the motherboard. You shouldn't have to strain, it should just fit snugly.

    It's all solid state; no ribbons to come undone. If I were you, I'd pop the 20 GB back in, so that when you get it working again, it's not all for nothing.

    My lucky guess is that you didn't properly seat the harddisk in the caddy.

    [ 04-18-2002: Message edited by: stimuli ]</p>
  • Reply 9 of 9
    r. h.r. h. Posts: 56member
    One additional thought to consider -- although this may be a long shot: You might need to check the jumpers on the harddrive, to see if it's set to cable-select, master, or slave. The IBM website has documentation that will help you to figure out what it's set at, and to change it if necessary.
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