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PowerMac G4 won't allow me to reinstall operating system

I hear a strange sound when I get to a certain point, as if the disk drive or hard disk is really spinning like crazy. But I used a diagnostic disk check before I did the re-install and no hard-disk problems were detected. Could it be my disk drive itself?

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Re: PowerMac G4 won't allow me to reinstall operating...

Its ur hdd problem please use anotgher hdd and watch saqme problem arising if if no problem replace the damaged hdd

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My toshiba laptop c580 was messing up so I tryed to refomat it but it was unsucsessful now when I try to boot it it's says no bootable device please insert bootable disc and press any key .. Is this...

Even though the reformat failed, the hard drive was still partially formatted, erasing the operating system (Windows 8). When you format a disk, you are effectively erasing the disk for use by certain software. At this point you will have to reinstall an operating system. To do this you will need to boot from operating system installation disc.
Here is a guide on how to reinstall Windows 8 yourself:

If you feel uncomfortable performing the installation yourself, I would recommend taking the laptop (and install disc, if you have one) to a computer repair technician. If you don't have an installation disc, your repair technician can acquire a copy for you, though this should cost extra.

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HP Pavilion G4-1213nr hard disk not found startup error

your laptop must be hanged otherwise you close your laptop directly ,at the time you read the whole read then click enter there must be say that "the windows start up normally "then you click that point and your laptop start normally.

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I bought a new hardrive for my m2000 and when i load it it is giving me a "media test failure" response..... how do i load it properly?

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Once you've got a bootable Windows system on the new drive, you won't get that strange message any more.

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Unfortunately it sounds as if the hard drive is clicking and not detecting because it has failed. At this point you will need to locate the operating system media for your system and purchase a new hard drive and start from scratch.

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Ave tried to use the recover disk 4 times now, and

If you reinstalled the Operating System and are still getting errors then it is a hardware issue.

From what you describe it sounds like your hard drive is failing. A failing hard drive will "lose" files out of nowhere and cause many "weird" errors because the lost files are usually system files needed for Windows.

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How can i tell if the hard drive is gone?

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When you choose Repair option it would get you the repair mode. The disk is available to dos prompt or you can run any repair tools to correct the harddisk problems. But when you choose reinstall it would ask you the option to reinstall the operating system without formatting or with formatting. If you wanting to just reinstall the operating system to sure the missing or corrupted files be recopied choose the option from the reinstall menu without formatting. Let me know the solution helped. I could also help you out more or how to fix the harddisk if it wouldn't allow you reinstall without formatting!! Send me your contact information and would help you further instruction by instruction in your specific probem.

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Hi there,from the sounds of it this lovely little excercise is due to the hard drive failure,either that or no OS - XP disk is dead or damaged.
If you have the original restore disks from the 3680.
You could try reinstall and test from there,If your contents were important then try to remove hdd take to another computer and see if the drive recognises on the other machine,
If it allows access ,copy all your settings and documents straight away because it could die shortly,hopefully not tho....
Once the back up of your docs and settings and hdd back in your computer then use the restore disk to revive your machine,
This process wipes the C Drive and does a complete reinstall of all the required softwares and in the correct order too...
It should take 15-20 min to load onto the machine and about 40 minutes to reinstall all the RESTORE to Factory Defaults Settings.
Just let it do this process from start to finish and it should eject disk when done and reboot by itself.
when it starts up again it will be back to the windows activation screen and the ready to start loading up if your have the original restore disc,
Once your happy with it and its working,


How do I create a restore point?


This will help you return to the point when everything was working,
If you should'nt encounter any more problems,

There may be a Hidden Partion on your hard drive that may allow you to restore from that.Then all thats needed doing is the bios settings will need to be changed to select the XP CD on bootup or the hidden partion on bootup then select save and reboot,It should be straight forward from there.

Just about finished,

Dont for get to do your windows updates for SP2 and then turn off the update functions.

And BACK UP the new install to DVD blank so you can restore
any other time you have issues

I hope this helps but that should cover itn for you,
If you need more help please let me know.

Thanks Misterdj

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