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10.2.2 drive doesn't mount?

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Hi

I have two internal ATA hard drives in my G3 400 desktop - one 17Gb running 9.2.2 and one 80Gb running 10.2.2.

For no apparent reason the computer has started booting from the 9.2.2 drive, and the Panther drive no longer mounts.

System Profiler sees the drive but says No Volumes Mounted.

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Question by:SandyCooke
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by:SandyCooke
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As an extra clue, the machine seems to be having issues with the system clock - it keeps setting the year to 1956/2035?

The machine is pretty old... is the P-RAM going?

Could this be causing the HD trouble?
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by:weed
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Heh yep the PRAM battery is dead. You can get a new one at radio shack for $10.
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by:SandyCooke
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I replaced the PRAM battery and this has corrected the date issues, but the drive still doesn't mount.

System Profiler still sees the drive (and describes it in great detail) but still says No Volumes Mounted.

Help!
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by:weed
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Tried running DiskWarrior on the drive?
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by:SandyCooke
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I don't own DiskWarrior and there doesn't appear to be a demo available...

Should I just buy it? Is it likely to help?
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by:weed
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It couldnt hurt. You should have DiskWarrior around anyway.
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by:patgmac
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Chances are when you formatted that OS X drive, you didn't check the option to "install Mac OS 9 drivers" which would keep the volume from mounting in OS 9.

If the OS on that drive is still ok, you should be able to boot your computer with the option key held down and that should give the option to choose which drive you want to boot from.
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by:SandyCooke
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Holding down the option key at startup soesn't appear to make any difference - it still boots straight to the 9.2 drive.

I've bought DiskWarrior but am waiting for a friend to put it on a bootable cd - the official version will take 2-3 weeks to arrive!
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by:SandyCooke
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DiskWarrior sees the drive and all its contents, I rebuilt the directory but the computer insists on booting into 9.2!

Apple System Profiler still says No Volumes Mounted for the OS X drive!

The OS X drive is set as the slave, but it has always been like this and it worked for two months absolutely fine!

Help!
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by:patgmac
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Were you ever able to see that drive from within OS 9 before?
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by:SandyCooke
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Yes - it has been my main audio drive for over a year. I transfered everything it contained to a Firewire drive and did a clean install of Panther, up to 10.2.3.

The other 17Gb OS9 drive was mounted throughout, though I didn't use it.

This worked fine for a couple of months until one day the computer wouldn't turn on at all.

The next day it booted straight from the OS9 drive and the Panther drive was nowhere to be seen...

DiskWarrior seems to think it's fine but Apple System Profiler helpfully points out that it hasn't mounted.

Any help much appreciated...
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Boffgroup earned 2000 total points
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Start Up from the os x install CD, select startup disk in the installer menu, does your drive appear? if yes select that drive as the startup disk and away you go, if no something might be wrong with the drive and as surgested above you will have to use disk warrior.

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