Choose style:

Author Topic: FireWire 400 drive  (Read 3032 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline kimtoufectis

  • Jr. Member
  • **
  • Posts: 43
  • Karma: 2
  • New Forum User
    • View Profile
  • Peppermint version(s): 7
Re: FireWire 400 drive
« Reply #15 on: July 02, 2017, 05:03:09 pm »
My working machine is a 32-bit Intel iMac (early 2006) running Peppermint 8.  Very nicely too...

I tried everything recommended at each of these websites (others suggest disassembling the iMac as a last resort; I don't own a Torx wrench set and prefer not to go there).
« Last Edit: July 02, 2017, 05:16:30 pm by kimtoufectis »

Offline PCNetSpec

  • Administrator
  • Hero
  • *****
  • Posts: 25456
  • Karma: 2799
  • "-rw-rw-rw-" .. The Number Of The Beast
    • View Profile
    • PCNetSpec
  • Peppermint version(s): Peppermint 8R, 9, and 9R
Re: FireWire 400 drive
« Reply #16 on: July 02, 2017, 05:19:10 pm »
Oh hold on I've just realised you're talking about a G4 PowerPC Mac ?

Peppermint won't boot on that AT ALL .. Peppermint doesn't support PPC I'm afraid.

There are Ubuntu PPC spins if you want to try putting that on the Firewire drive ?
(though something tells me you'll have the same problem booting that as a USB stick)
WARNING: You are logged into reality as 'root' .. logging in as 'insane' is the only safe option.

Team Peppermint
PCNetSpec

Offline kimtoufectis

  • Jr. Member
  • **
  • Posts: 43
  • Karma: 2
  • New Forum User
    • View Profile
  • Peppermint version(s): 7
Re: FireWire 400 drive
« Reply #17 on: July 02, 2017, 05:26:15 pm »
Right, it won't.  I hope to reinstall Lubuntu 16 on my G4, as noted earlier today in this chain.

But step one for putting anything on my inoperative machine is using my working machine to access the FireWire drive, right?

Offline PCNetSpec

  • Administrator
  • Hero
  • *****
  • Posts: 25456
  • Karma: 2799
  • "-rw-rw-rw-" .. The Number Of The Beast
    • View Profile
    • PCNetSpec
  • Peppermint version(s): Peppermint 8R, 9, and 9R
Re: FireWire 400 drive
« Reply #18 on: July 02, 2017, 06:33:24 pm »
Okay look I can help you format the Firewire HDD easy enough but I'm trying to figure out exactly what your plans are so we can choose the best filesystem or even if you need a filesystem.

Was it the Lubuntu PPC ISO you attempted to put on the Firewire drive previously .. and can you explain  how you wrote it to the drive ?
« Last Edit: July 02, 2017, 06:35:34 pm by PCNetSpec »
WARNING: You are logged into reality as 'root' .. logging in as 'insane' is the only safe option.

Team Peppermint
PCNetSpec

Offline kimtoufectis

  • Jr. Member
  • **
  • Posts: 43
  • Karma: 2
  • New Forum User
    • View Profile
  • Peppermint version(s): 7
Re: FireWire 400 drive
« Reply #19 on: July 02, 2017, 10:10:54 pm »
Let's start from the beginning.

I've just acquired the FireWire drive.  I have never accessed it, hence I didn't use it in my attempt to put Lubuntu onto the PPC iMac.  My attempt to dual boot the PPC iMac was done via DVD (on the aforementioned drive I can't get to open at present).

It seems like my best shot at getting the PPC iMac going again is by loading something it might run (I have a Leopard .cdr file and a Lubuntu 16 .iso file from http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/lubuntu/releases/16.04.1/release/).

In either case, I have to be able to write them to the FireWire drive with this Intel iMac in a file format that the PPC iMac can interpret.
« Last Edit: July 02, 2017, 10:49:16 pm by kimtoufectis »

Offline PCNetSpec

  • Administrator
  • Hero
  • *****
  • Posts: 25456
  • Karma: 2799
  • "-rw-rw-rw-" .. The Number Of The Beast
    • View Profile
    • PCNetSpec
  • Peppermint version(s): Peppermint 8R, 9, and 9R
Re: FireWire 400 drive
« Reply #20 on: July 03, 2017, 06:50:26 am »
Okay let's try formatting it as FAT32 (as used by most LiveUSB's) and go from there.

Install gparted:
Code: [Select]
sudo apt-get install gparted

Now fire up GParted from the menu:-

menu >  System Tools > GParted

In the top-right of the GParted window, use the drop menu to select (/dev/sdc)  <-- it's IMPORTANT you select the Firewire drive here and NOT your main drive


Once you're SURE you're working on the the Firewire drive and not your main drive, go to:-

Device > Create Partition Table

and choose an msdos style partition table.

Once you've done that you should have a blank drive with no partitions.

Right-click in the bar representing the unpartitioned space and select "New"

Make sure the entire drive is used and choose Filesystem Type: fat32
(You can also set Label: FireDrive or similar)


Click the Add button.

Then click the Apply button on the toolbar.

Once that's done, close GParted.

Now check if the FireDrive is listed in the left hand column of the file manager.
« Last Edit: July 03, 2017, 06:56:23 am by PCNetSpec »
WARNING: You are logged into reality as 'root' .. logging in as 'insane' is the only safe option.

Team Peppermint
PCNetSpec

Offline kimtoufectis

  • Jr. Member
  • **
  • Posts: 43
  • Karma: 2
  • New Forum User
    • View Profile
  • Peppermint version(s): 7
Re: FireWire 400 drive [Solved!]
« Reply #21 on: July 03, 2017, 10:52:11 pm »
This did the job!  Now I'll cross my fingers that it boots the older iMac...