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New hard drive not recognized on my mac

I have a g4 power mac and i took a hard drive out of my old xp computer and put it in, but now the mac won't recognize the extra hard drive. any suggestions?

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  • jiddy85 Dec 13, 2008

    I tried switching both to make one a master and one a slave, and it still doesn't recognize it. it finds it when it is loading up, but then it won't put it on the desktop

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I figure it is a compatible drive (eg, either a PATA or SATA drive, depending on what your Mac uses). I don't know a whale of a lot about Macs, but I know that when you add a second hard drive, especially if you are using a PATA (uses the wide ribbon cable), one drive needs to be jumpered and cabled as "master", and the second drive as a "slave". If the XP drive was the only one in the box, it was likely jumpered as a master.

How to fix it? Look on the drive itself, and it should have a small diagram telling you how to set the jumpers (usually located next to the power connector on the drive). Set the add-on as a slave, and give it a whirl.

Also, don't be surprised if you have to re-format the drive. I doubt that a Mac uses a Win compatible structure.

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Nick

Posted on Dec 13, 2008

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