Drive deemed "not readable" by Mac OS X PowerBook G4
I was converting media files just the other day from two OWC Mercury Elite Pro drives onto my Lacie, but today I tried to mount the drives and the window says they're "not readable by this computer". I cannot reformat because I cannot lose what's on the OWC drives. Is there a way to render them readable again without having to do so?
- If you need clarification, ask it in the comment box above.
- Better answers use proper spelling and grammar.
- Provide details, support with references or personal experience.
Tell us some more! Your answer needs to include more details to help people.You can't post answers that contain an email address.Please enter a valid email address.The email address entered is already associated to an account.Login to postPlease use English characters only.
Tip: The max point reward for answering a question is 15.
The PowerBook G4 line was the last generation of the PowerBook series, and was succeeded by the Intel-powered MacBook Pro line in the first half of 2006. The latest version of OS X any PowerBook G4 can run is Mac OS X Leopard, released in 2007.[ Your computer is too old.
The PowerBook G4 line was the last generation of the PowerBook series, and was succeeded by the Intel-powered MacBook Pro line in the first half of 2006. The latest version of OS X any PowerBook G4 can run is Mac OS X Leopard, released in 2007.[
Your best option is to use a Mac OS X install disk. Insert the disk, hold the 'C' key to startup from the CD drive, and there should be an option to reset your Administrator password. The details will depend on the version of OS X.
STart up your G4 using the OS disc for leopard, but instead of reinstalling the system, go to the menu at the top of the screen and Launch Disk Utility. You may need to remount your hard drive. The disk utitliy can do this for you. Then it should appear in the disk utillity window. Then you should be able to install the OS and away you go!
Please boot the system with a Mac OS X installation Media .Insert the installation media and power on the system and immediately press ' C ' key to boot it from Mac OS X installation disk.After few seconds the language selection option will appear .Click continue and then in the next screen see on top you will find "UTILITY" then click "DISK UTILITY" .Select the boot drive partition and try to repair the file permissions mentioned left hand side .If the permission repaired successfully then restart the system and check if it boots.If still you face the same issue then reboot the system with installation media again and repartition the harddrive .Install the os Freshly.The issue will get solved
If you want a stand alone backup solution, you can download a free program called "Carbon Copy Cloner" and purchase a USB 2.0 external hard drive. You can use the CCC software to backup the entire contents of your Powerbook's hard drive or just selected files to the external USB hard drive.
If your Powerbook is unable to boot into OS X and you need to recover the files that are on the internal hard drive, you can boot the Powerbook into "Target Disk Mode" and transfer the files via firewire cable to another Mac. To do this do the following.
With both Macs off connect them with a firewire cable.
Turn on the Powerbook and hold down the "T" during startup.
Once the large icon shows up on screen your in "TDM".
Turn on the other Mac and login to your account.
The Powerbook's hard drive should mount on your desktop.
You'll be able to transfer your files from the Powerbook's hard drive just like you would an external hard drive, thumb drive, etc.
Don't forget to vote and leave us some feedback. :)
Scott Computer Services
PowerBook G4 is at least a five-year-old machine at this point. A DVD drive can **** in lots of dust in five years. Try hooking up to an external DVD drive. If it plays the same discs with no problem, you need a cleaning or replacement. Frankly, an external DVD drive is cheaper than replacing your internal drive.
Do you have the origional apple restore media?? If so try to boot from this disk to see if its an OS problem or a hardware problem.. Curious why did you replace the drive ?? Is this the same issues that you had prior?