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Run DiskWarrior 3.0.1 on a G5 from an older Mac Apps
Alsoft just released an update to DiskWarrior that is compatible with Panther. The bad news is that if you have a Mac that was released after August 2003 (like a G5), they want another $20 for an update CD, while owners of previous Macs get a free download. Having spent $80 on DW 3.0 in September 2003, I felt like investigating a workaround before I shelled out even more money.

I came up with this solution last night. For your purposes, substitute your pre-August 2003 Mac where I say iBook, and your post-August 2003 Mac where I say G5.
  1. Install DiskWarrior 3.0.1 on the iBook.
  2. Shut down iBook
  3. Start up G5, if it is not already on.
  4. Connect iBook to G5 with a FireWire cable.
  5. Holding down the 'T' key, start up the iBook (in Target Disk Mode)
  6. After seeing the iBook's HD appear on the G5's desktop (or in the G5's Finder), restart the G5 and hold down the Option key.
  7. From the system picker, choose to start up from the iBook's HD.
  8. Run DiskWarrior 3.0.1 (from the Utilities folder in the Application folder of the iBook HD)
  9. After DW finishes, restart the G5 normally.
  10. Drag iBook HD image into G5's Trash bin to dismount that drive.
  11. Shut off the iBook and disconnect the FireWire cable.
I hope that works for you as well as it did for me.

[robg adds: I believe you need to order the CD for the newer machines as DW 3.0 was never able to boot them; the older machines just need a minor update and burn to be able to boot under Panther. I haven't tested this hint, so proceed with caution (as with any hint of an experimental nature here!).]
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Run DiskWarrior 3.0.1 on a G5 from an older Mac
Authored by: Frederico on Feb 05, '04 01:05:18PM

The only shortcoming with this method is that the G5 needs to be bootable. If your G5 is hit so hard it cannot boot, try putting the G5 in FireWire Target Disk mode and mount it to your second machine hosting DiskWarrior.



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Run DiskWarrior 3.0.1 on a G5 from an older Mac
Authored by: timhaigh on Feb 05, '04 05:38:33PM

This method may work for tidying up your g5's files a little. However if you have a major crash on the G5's hard drive you may be in trouble as in most cases disk warrior can only repair major problems when booted from the CD.



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Run DiskWarrior 3.0.1 on a G5 from an older Mac
Authored by: Frederico on Feb 27, '04 06:23:02PM

In that case, place the G5 in Target Disk mode, and then boot the second machine from the DiskWarrior 3.0.1 CD. As long as the damaged boot device on the G5 is at ATA 0/0, it will mount and can be repaired.



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Run DiskWarrior 3.0.1 on a G5 from an older Mac
Authored by: designr on Feb 05, '04 01:28:32PM

Huh? What? I downloaded a free CD updater from Alsoft. I put in my DiskWarrior 3.0 CD. It made a disk image and updated it to a G5 bootable CD image with DiskWarrior 3.0.1 and then burned a new CD.



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Run DiskWarrior 3.0.1 on a G5 from an older Mac
Authored by: designr on Feb 05, '04 01:31:52PM

Oh wait, you're right. It doesn't boot the G5. What a pain in the ass.



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