How do I make a new hard drive bootable?

I installed a new hard drive for my iBook G4 that I purchased from iFixIt. When I went to install the operating system (OS X 10.2), the computer wouldn't boot/install from the Install Disk. I ended up formatting and installing the OS via a FireWire from another iBook. Everything looked good, but I still get a folder with question mark when I boot up. I can see the new hard drive via FireWire with all of the files, so I need to make the native computer recognize it. Suggestions?

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Assuming you've checked the partition map per David's suggestion...

According to MacTracker, this iBook came with 10.3 installed, so it might not run 10.2. If you didn't make a a typo in your question, are you sure this installer is compatible with your computer?

If the other iBook you used is a G3, then maybe the 10.2 installer is the one that came with *it*. Which also explains why the 10.2 installer would boot the other iBook.

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You were right. I got a copy of Panther (10.3) and it booted right up. Thanks a bunch. You really saved me.

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First, make sure the new drive is using Apple Partition Map, as this is the only partition structure a PowerPC Mac can boot from. Macs can write to almost any partition structure (FAT, UNIX, etc), so the files may appear correctly.

You can verify this by checking the drive in Disk Utility, connecting the iBook to another Mac the same way you did to format the drive and install the OS.

If this checks out, try resetting the PRAM of the iBook by powering on while holding P-R-Command-Option - keeps these keys held down until the unit chimes and reboots 3 times in succession.

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You could also just clone your original drive, saves the hassle of installing.

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Wow. Thanks for the insight. That would make a lot of sense. (I used to have OS X 10.4 on both computers, but I can find the disks.) It definitely gives me another avenue to pursue.

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where can i get a complete cd for ibook 4g...my old hard drive crushed..i decided to buy the new hard drive..now i dont know where to start from..which operating systeme should i look for..to install.thank you.

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