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Ensign Paris
Feb 11, 2002, 04:15 AM

Well its Half Term Holiday which means I am back at my work!

I have a Dual500 here that needs a new HD, I wanted to know, If I buy any IDE drive will it work in it? or do I need ATA66 or summut like that.

Thanks in advance!

Feb 11, 2002, 06:21 AM
the easy answer is yes, any IDE drive will work. The ATA spec is supposed to be backwards compatible (there are some gotchas with this) any drive should be ok. The only concern that still seems to matter is with drives larger than 128Gig.. you'll need an ATA 133 controller to use all of a drive larger than that. Right now I have 4 Western Digital 80gig drives on my 867. (2 internal, 2 in firewire enclosures) that I am very happy with, but we have had a pretty high failure rate with the Maxtor 80's.

Feb 11, 2002, 09:46 AM
I have used Maxtor 40GB drives without any issues or problems.

Feb 11, 2002, 11:44 AM
I bought a 40 gb HD last summer, I have had to take the disk 3 times to the apple store here in iceland for repairs each time spending 40.000, kr = 400$


this HD is the most expensive one in ICELAND

The apple store cant pin point the problem.


Feb 11, 2002, 12:43 PM

What brand hard drive do you have the problems with, and where did you get it?

Feb 11, 2002, 12:52 PM
It's a pretty simple operation, Ensign.

However, if you want additional performance, you might consider keeping the original drive and then adding (2) identical IDE drives to create a software RAID 0 array under OS X.

Actually, I'm just living vicariously through you. I've been wanting to try out OS X's software RAID feature for a while.

Ensign Paris
Feb 11, 2002, 02:47 PM
My Dual800 at work has 2x 72gb SCSI disks running in Raid 0. It works OK, but the problem with the other mac is that the current hard disk has some sort of non-repairable problem which no where can fix and they claim its not covered by waranty.

After the new one is installed I will send it away to be cleaned and hopefully it will fix it!