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Imac G5 harddrive replacement

Hello I am fixing an Imac G5 for a friend. When the Imac boots it comes to a gray screen with a flashing folder that has a question mark in the middle of it. This usually indicates that there is a missing system file, so I figured the only proper way to solve this was by reinstalling the OS. However, during that process I came to the destination selection screen. No hard drive was present.

My friend mentioned to me that the computer was dropped off the back of a delivery truck and was just given to him. So to insure that there wasn't any hardware failure I ran a diagnostics using Techtools Pro 4. Everything came out fine except it wasn't able to find a hard drive to do a volume check. I opened up the computer to check if there was even a hard drive mounted. There was a Seagate Sata in it. To be honest I don't work with Sata often because I am used to working with Ms-Dos based motherboards and they more the often use an ATA hard drive.

This hard drive didn't appear to have a power cable connected to it that you would see coming off of a power supply in a PC. Instead it had much smaller four pinned ribbon cable connecting from the motherboard to the side of the hard drive. I am not used to seeing this so I am just assuming that this is the power connector. After all of this I have concluded that the hard drive likely broke when it fell out of the truck.

If you have anymore insight on this problem it would be appreciated. I would also like to know where I can find an affordable hard drive for this computer.

Thank You,

Dr. Crowell

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I think you r right,

please get the same checked by an Apple technician

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