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Installing 2nd Hard drive

Installed a 2nd HD on my Mac 466. But when i turn on my comp i just get tha apple screen noting else. I then turn off comp unplug the 2nd HD and it boots up no problem. am i missing something?

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Sounds like you have them both set to 'master' and is doesn't know which one to boot from.

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If by flashing globe you mean spinning globe (often a colored beach ball), there are several possible reasons. The spinning beach ball happens when a operating system command cannot be completed. The computer is frozen/stuck in a process that it can't complete.
Most often the cause is faulty or missing information on the hard drive. Running Disk Utility will often fix it. You may need to start the computer from your OS install disk and rather than install find Disk Utility in the pull down menu and run it on your hard drive.
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I get a big question mark that blinks on and off on my display. I have a Mac Laptop serial # 4H65017MWGL

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First thing to do would be try starting up from the CD's that came with the MacBook or the Mac OS CD if you have updated to a newer version of the OS ( 10.5 or 10.6 ).
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Once you are in Disk Utility if the is more than the CD showing down the left then there is hope, now look and see if the name of your hard drive is listed ( default is Macintosh HD ). If you named Hard Drive shows and you have an external Hard Drive w/ enough free space I would try backing up your drive at this point using Disk Utility to make a disk image on your external hard drive.
Now that you have either backed up your hard drive, already had a current backup or have given up all hope of getting data back, you can either try
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In either case there is the worry that the drive is starting to fail permanently, so now that you have been given a 2nd chance make regular backups or replace the hard drive. ( The hard drive on these is fairly easy to replace and instructions can be found here .

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When this happens, it's usually about the hard drive, AND if there's also a question mark on the gray screen, it's definitely about the hard drive. I'd try installing the operating system software again. BUT before you do that, check out Mac's users support forum; I've found tons of help there, and it's fast, easy and free!

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Off hand and based on the description, it would appear that the hard drive of the computer is either faulty or the programs stored inside are corrupted. Corrective actions could be any of the following:
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It's a hardware failure. Try reinstalling the OS, otherwise it sounds like apple gave you a LEMON. LOL (little humor there). This also happens when there is no OS installed at all, which doing the above may solve the problem. Also, check to make sure the Hard drive is formatted for FAT~~ and not NTFS, cause for some reason, apple system hate NTFS Drives.

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MS Windows XP when installed to an HD will "marry" itself to the hardware of the original computer specifically the motherboard. Transplanting the HD to another PC with a different motherboard will result in a cycling blue screen of death or protective message requiring that you reboot. Running in Safe Mode will not also be allowed.

You need to re-install your OS (boot from CD) but choose the 2nd repair option rather than a new/clean install or the first repair option if you want to preserve your other applications as well as your settings/configuration. Doing this will allow the OS to install the new device drivers and delete the old ones.

Hope this be of help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

God luck and kind regards.

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