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kavika411
Apr 22, 2006, 11:03 AM
I appreciate anyone's help on this. I have a PowerMac dual core 2.7. How much internal disk space can I put in there? I have roughly 230 gigs now. What's the total amount I can get up to before going to external drives? Thank you for your help.



Danksi
Apr 22, 2006, 11:07 AM
I appreciate anyone's help on this. I have a PowerMac dual core 2.7. How much internal memory can I put in there? I have roughly 230 gigs now. What's the total amount I can get up to before going to external drives? Thank you for your help.

You may get better responses if you change the title to 'internal disk-space', since that sounds like what you're asking.

Your machine should be able to hold two 500Gb drives.

kavika411
Apr 22, 2006, 11:11 AM
Thank you Danski. I changed the title - good suggestion. So, it sounds like I can get about a terabyte in there. Thanks.

CanadaRAM
Apr 22, 2006, 11:13 AM
You have two drive bays for SATA 3.5" hard drives - the current maximum capacity you can buy in a SATA drive is 500 GB, so that would make a 1 TB maximum.

You can also buy a SATA interface card, cables and a mounting bracket (from Sonnet, for one) to mount three more drives internally. This is not endorsed by Apple - some MR members say it adds too much to the thermal load of an already hot machine, others say the G5 copes with the additional heat without a problem.

For the money though, I would go with a SATA card and an external 2 or 4 bay drive enclosure, (From Firmtek or Sonnet or Wiebetech) for more flexibility and no heat problems. External SATA drives should be the same performance as internals.

Thanks
Trevor
CanadaRAM.com

eva01
Apr 22, 2006, 11:16 AM
I hope you mean a dual processory instead of dual core?

Also i believe a company sells an addon to allow 4HDs internally. However i forget who

sam10685
Apr 22, 2006, 11:44 AM
I hope you mean a dual processory instead of dual core?

Also i believe a company sells an addon to allow 4HDs internally. However i forget who

what's the difference between dual processor and dual core? and who would need 1000 gigs of hard disk space?

velocityg4
Apr 22, 2006, 11:49 AM
what's the difference between dual processor and dual core? and who would need 1000 gigs of hard disk space?

Dual Processor: Two CPU's residing on seperate chips
Dual Core: Two CPU's residing on one chip

You can use a 1000 gigs (One Terabyte) real quickly with video editing.

zap2
Apr 22, 2006, 11:52 AM
what's the difference between dual processor and dual core? and who would need 1000 gigs of hard disk space?


I think if you have to ask that question, your not one of those people:p

But really the only ways i would think of use 1TB

HardCore Vidoe/Music /Photo Editing

Or Puttting all your DVD on Mac(assuming you have a nice amount of DVDs)

eva01
Apr 22, 2006, 11:56 AM
I intend on trying to put all my DVDs on my computer so i need a lot more HD space. only got 450GB on my computer right now.

homerjward
Apr 22, 2006, 12:07 PM
seagate's 750GB drives are coming in a couple of months if you can wait--your machine'll hold two of those for 1.5TB disk space.

Keebler
Apr 22, 2006, 12:12 PM
I intend on trying to put all my DVDs on my computer so i need a lot more HD space. only got 450GB on my computer right now.

Hi,
I just bought an addonics ST6ESA esata enclosure
http://addonics.com/products/raid_system/ast4.asp

with an esata sonnet pci-x card
http://sonnettech.com/product/tempo-x_esata44.html

; tossed in 2 500 GB Maxtor Sata 2drives. the result = wicked! easy to set up - i think the hardest part was configuring the hard drive brackets! :)

the neatest thing about the addonics tower is that you can expand into hotswap needs later. it's priced low, but well worth it. you have to buy brackets for the HDs and esata cables, but after all the research i did, this was the most cost effective solution available.

The fans are a bit louder, but it's so hard to compare fan noise when you listen to the G5s...or should i say, when you try to hear the G5s :)

This is taken from a post by mbean over at the disc. groups at apple.com:

"The Addonics Storage Tower comes with a 40mm case fan that I found to be loud. I disconnected it and placed two 80x80x20mm Nexus Real Silent case fans in the back of the Storage Tower ($11 each). You can find them here:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0007W1546/arizomacinusergr/

The Storage Tower has lots of 4 pin molex power adapters that fans can be powered with. In addition, each side panel comes off with a single thumb screw and has 4,000 holes in the panels for ventilation. I just point the fans toward the panels and they provide lots of cooling.

Another option for cooling non-hot swap installed hard drives in the Storage Tower is to use a Vantec 3.5" Aluminum Hard Drive Cooler $9.99 mounted under each drive. These really keep the drives cool. You can find them here:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0002NXNSG/arizomacinusergr
These fans are awesome."

Cheers,
Keebler

kavika411
Apr 22, 2006, 12:12 PM
Wow. Thank you for all of your thoughts. I know so little about computers I don't know if mine is a dual processor or dual core. I just know it's a 2.7 dual something. Regarding needed space, mock me if you will, but I'm about to re-burn my 800 CDs at lossless, box up the CDs and put them in the attick forever. Also, like one of you mentioned, I ultimately would like to move more video conten to my machine.

I'll try to wait until that 750 gig drive comes out for the terabyt-plus experience. Thanks.

toothpaste
Apr 22, 2006, 12:53 PM
seagate's 750GB drives are coming in a couple of months if you can wait--your machine'll hold two of those for 1.25TB disk space.

1.5tb you mean don't you? :)

Josias
Apr 22, 2006, 01:03 PM
You can get 2 TB + your current 230 GB. http://www.edbpriser.dk/Listproducts.asp?ID=16&Parent=&Sort=&Gallery=&Producent=0&Rating=0&Max=&Soegeord=&Direction24=1&Sorted24=2199023255551%2C92&Submit.x=17&Submit.y=9&Direction27=2&Sorted27=&Direction28=2&Sorted28=&Direction25=0&Sorted25=&Direction578=0&Sorted578=&Equal920=&True12441=&Trueval12441=93842&True25700=&Trueval25700=97214&True6779=&Trueval6779=43247&True25701=&Trueval25701=97215&True2333=&Trueval2333=31015&True25702=&Trueval25702=97216&True12440=&Trueval12440=93827&True31022=&Trueval31022=176233&True26307=&Trueval26307=98928&True6288=&Trueval6288=92427&True12570=&Trueval12570=94545&True12644=&Trueval12644=94859&True6286=&Trueval6286=42484&True7228=&Trueval7228=45639&True25708=&Trueval25708=97229

I know this is external, but it supports FW800, have better specs than most internal drives, and isn't very big. I know this is a dansih site. But the drives are approx. 10.000 kr. ($1500) and 14.000 kr. ($2100):D .

EDIT: The $2100 has no advantages. Just get the cheap one. I bet you'll use FW800 (if you wouldnt mind having one external) The $1500 has USB 2.0, which the expensive haven't.

homerjward
Apr 22, 2006, 01:12 PM
1.5tb you mean don't you? :)
:o
edited now

sam10685
Apr 22, 2006, 10:18 PM
Dual Processor: Two CPU's residing on seperate chips
Dual Core: Two CPU's residing on one chip

i knew that... but i mean, what's the difference in the speed and quality and stuff like that? is the dual core just a cheap way of saying "i have two processors blah, blah, blah..."?

CanadaRAM
Apr 22, 2006, 10:28 PM
You can get 2 TB + your current 230 GB. http://www.edbpriser.dk/Listproducts.asp?ID=16&Parent=&Sort=&Gallery=&Producent=0&Rating=0&Max=&Soegeord=&Direction24=1&Sorted24=2199023255551%2C92&Submit.x=17&Submit.y=9&Direction27=2&Sorted27=&Direction28=2&Sorted28=&Direction25=0&Sorted25=&Direction578=0&Sorted578=&Equal920=&True12441=&Trueval12441=93842&True25700=&Trueval25700=97214&True6779=&Trueval6779=43247&True25701=&Trueval25701=97215&True2333=&Trueval2333=31015&True25702=&Trueval25702=97216&True12440=&Trueval12440=93827&True31022=&Trueval31022=176233&True26307=&Trueval26307=98928&True6288=&Trueval6288=92427&True12570=&Trueval12570=94545&True12644=&Trueval12644=94859&True6286=&Trueval6286=42484&True7228=&Trueval7228=45639&True25708=&Trueval25708=97229

I know this is external, but it supports FW800, have better specs than most internal drives, and isn't very big. I know this is a dansih site. But the drives are approx. 10.000 kr. ($1500) and 14.000 kr. ($2100):D .

EDIT: The $2100 has no advantages. Just get the cheap one. I bet you'll use FW800 (if you wouldnt mind having one external) The $1500 has USB 2.0, which the expensive haven't.
The FW800 solution is not as good as the SATA external solutions. FW800 is slower than SATA, and you'll be pushing all 4 drives through one FW800 cable. Macs' Firewire implementations are not 100% robust and the FW800 port can compromise performance of the FW400 ports.

Firmtek 4-bay hotswap enclosure bundled with eSATA PCI-X card US$629
4 x Seagate 500Gb @ US$295 each = $1,809 Each drive gets its own eSATA connection.