Will Not Recognize HD
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Author:  xande [ Mon Sep 07, 2009 7:30 pm ]
Post subject:  Will Not Recognize HD

My iBook G4 1.33 has the exact same problem with its new hard drive as described by bohacks under the subject: CONTINUED HARD DRIVE FAILURE — WHAT TO DO?

I have replaced the HD, that was acting like it had failed with a new HD. After a few days of running the iBook can no longer recognize it. Running Disk Utility shows all sorts of errors. However, when I take it out and check it with Disk Utility it is always good to go. Whether I put in the old one, that checks out OK outside of iBook, or have a new one in place iBook just quits recognizing that the HD even exists.

However, I have a cloned external drive via the fire wire connection and iBook runs perfectly on it. Have you any further experience with this problem??? I am thinking of replacing the Hard Drive Cable to the Logic Board. It is a snap in place, but I am suspicious of it now maintaining its connection. How do I tape it in place and where to I get the tape to do this with. And how much area can I cover around the connection with the tape.

Thanks for any help you can be.


Author:  pleasurejunky [ Tue Sep 08, 2009 8:22 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Will Not Recognize HD

I had a similar problem on a customer's iBook.

In my case, the hard drive cable did fix it but only temporarily. I suspect the connection on the logic board started to go as well as this fix only lasted a few months. Hard drive cables are pretty cheap though, I think it was worth it for at least a few more months on your machine.

Alternatively, you could always use it externally and boot up from it off of FireWire.

Author:  pleasurejunky [ Tue Sep 08, 2009 8:25 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Will Not Recognize HD

Sorry to answer your question, a thin strip of klapton tape should suffice. The cable should be held on fairly firmly once clipped into the connector on the logic board.

If you are really concerned, I might roll up a bit of tape and put it over the connection so the keyboard is holding it down. Does that make sense? Try running it open for a bit to see how hot it gets. As long as you don't cover the heat sink or anything you should be ok.

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