iMac G3 help!
Here’s my problem: while booted into OS X Tiger install disk (1/4), I cannot get Disk Utility to successfully recognize the new SSD I installed. It hangs with a spinning wheel. At times, it might display the manufacturer name of the SSD (OWC Mercury), but hangs still. I have to power the iMac off. What is going on?
Now here’s some backstory:
I have prior experience with a similar project with a G4 Power Mac, and I did not have this issue. Which leads me to think I may have just missed something silly....
I decided to give myself a new project, to finally own something I’ve always wanted: a vintage iMac G3, model 5521 from 2001 (Snow color). I ordered it from eBay. It powered up and was working great with 10.4.11 having been installed on it, so I know we have a baseline. Everything appeared to work fine.
Long story short, I wanted to upgrade it for my own enjoyment and reminiscing. I ordered an OWC Mercury Legacy Pro drive for it (since it came with the SATA->PATA adapter I needed). This the only hardware I have installed in it at this point.
I installed the drive successfully, I didn’t format it before installing it (maybe this is where I went wrong?). I observed that it *appeared* the jumpers were set for master. Put it back together, plugged in, inserted Tiger CD, launched DU, hang; and that is as far as I can get.
My next step I’m trying, soon as I can, will be to remove and format the drive (Apple Partition Map) on another Mac and try again.
Let me know what ideas you have, workarounds, or if anyone else has had experience with something similar... it would be extremely helpful and insightful. Thanks!
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