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Clamshell's g3 300mhz internal hard drive problem

Apple Clamshell's g3 300mhz internal hard drive no longer exist even after reformatting & replacing a new drive on it. This happened  when a friend of mine brought this unit to a pc technician who formatted the drive to windows format. Thinking he could run windows  on this ibook. A total looser tech! Anyway, I reformatted back the drive to APM and noticed that it doesnt mount at all. But when i tried installing the drive on my g4 using a 3.5 to 2.5 hdd converter, the drive mounts successfully. I tot it was the interface cable, but all pins checks out on a multi-tester. What be could be the problem? And what remedies do i have to bring it back to life? Thanks
I lend this unit to my friend so he could make use of it, and now he comes back bringing a working machine to a dead one. It still boots  though, but only on cdrom. I'm trying to fix it to give it back to him. He need a computer badly and he could not afford to get one yet.
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Re: clamshell's g3 300mhz internal hard drive problem

Make sure the ribbon flex cable is not severed. If you can boot the machine off of the os discs ( cds ), choose system profiler and verify if the system sees the hard disc. If I understand the issue, a new IDE hard drive has been installed? It may be possible that the IDE controller on the logic board has failed, if that IS the case. Also, you can boot the machine in SINGLE USER MODE ( hold down the APPLE and S key) when the machine chimes, and you will forwarded passed open firmware, passed kernel and it should give you a UNIX readout of the hard drive state. If not, type fsck -f, and there you will find the truth. Hard drives have a 4 year life, ( average expectancy ) and reformatting it may even harm the drive. FOr a machine that is 7 years out and slower than most current cellphones, you may be putting more time and effort into it than worth, and believe me, I'm one to not toss out something until it just cant budge anymore.

Keep me posted.

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