Some time ago I posted the message below. I left the issue alone for some
time until this past weekend.
Here's what resolved the problem:
Initialized the 40G IBM Travelstar with Apple's Drive Setup. That did the
trick. Then copied OS 9 System Folder to the drive in the ext case.
Relocated the drive to the internal bay of the powerbook and it booted just
> From: Tony DiPiano <Tony@...>
> Reply-To: 1AppleFreeTech@yahoogroups.com
> Date: Wed, 03 Sep 2003 06:58:54 -0400
> To: <1AppleFreeTech@yahoogroups.com>
> Subject: [1AppleFreeTech] Problems mounting IBM Travelstar
> I have a PowerBook G3 / 400 MHz Firewire (Pismo). It came with a 6G HD. I
> purchased a 40G IBM Travelstar HD to replace the existing internal drive.
> I put the 40G in an external firewire case and transferred all the data,
> including System, from the internal drive to the 40G on the firewire. I then
> set startup to the external drive to verify the file transfer worked. It did
> - I was able to boot from the external 40G.
> Now I pulled the internal 6G drive and put the new 40G that was in the
> firewire case in the PB internal bay.
> Tied to boot - no good. Booted with the Apple CD OK, but the 40G didn't
> mount. Disk First Aid doesn't see it. Disk Setup shows it as "ATA not
> Heard something about a magnetics problem with this drive in a PB. So with
> the 40G connected to the cable in the internal bay, I booted holding the
> connected drive about 1.5 inch above and away from the machine. It still
> wouldn't boot.
> OK - so Im back to booting with the original HD in the internal bay and 40G
> on firewire. Get Info says the 40G is Mac OS Extended format. I didn't
> remember formatting this drive when I got it.
> Is there a utility available that may help to mount this drive?
> Thanks - Tony DiPiano
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