View Full Version : How large of a hard drive on a Powermac Graphite 733mhz?

Oct 30, 2006, 10:37 AM
Currently my PM 733mhz Graphite has two hard drives, a 30 and 40gb 7200. Is there a limit on hard drive size on the Powermac G4s? There was a limit to the old G3 iMac's -- they would only recognize 128gb of hard drive space, precluding anyone dropping in a hard drive larger than 120gbs.

Do you think the same is true for the Powermac?

Oct 30, 2006, 10:39 AM
120 GB drives are your best bet without a controller card.

Oct 30, 2006, 10:41 AM
Large drive support wasn't introduced until the late 2002 Quicksilver G4's

If you must have a large drive, you can install an IDE controller PCI card (such as from Sonnet) or a Serial ATA controller card (Sonnet or Firmtek) and then the appropriate drive(s).

Note that even on the older machines, this is not a limitation on Firewire drives, because they are not using the IDE controller on the Mac logicboard.

Oct 30, 2006, 10:56 AM
It does have four PCI cards... not sure what they are... scsi drive support and 128 Rage? Does this have anything to do with hard drive support?