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Imac G5 harddrive replacement

I have the same symptom as  Dr_Crowell on Jun 17, 2008, but the physical drive is brand new and in good working condition. I am able to partition it and journal it, but when I get to the 'select destination drive ' window during the OS install I either do not see the new disk or it is not selectable. Any ideas???

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Best put the money and put it towards a new machine.
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Imac G5 harddrive replacement

i think you r right,

please get the same checked by an Apple technician

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