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kenmasters8319
Apr 6, 2007, 08:16 PM
i been reading up on the drive limitations of a powermac g4 gigabit models and it seems the most it can handle with out any user intervention is a 120gig hdd.

now i wanna put a 320gig in that sucker how would i go about doing it?



vniow
Apr 6, 2007, 08:19 PM
Get a controller card. They can be had for cheap nowadays.

kenmasters8319
Apr 6, 2007, 08:23 PM
quick question can i use SATA instead? or am i just limited to using ide controller cards?

and can i install mac osx on the drive and boot from it??

i am new to the mac world so please bare with me..

will this one work??

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815108103

its cheap and it looks tempting.

vniow
Apr 6, 2007, 08:27 PM
SATA will work as well, just make sure the controller is OS X compatible. The one you linked to didn't mention it so I'd say search around Newegg a bit more for one that specifically states OS X compatibility. Booting I believe depends on the card too, check the actual product page of the card you find for more specific info about it.

iPhil
Apr 6, 2007, 08:28 PM
I put a SIIG SATA 4 connection card from www.macsales.com and right now i got (1) 300GB SATA drive and (1) 400 GB SATA drive in there .... Wanting to put a (4) 750GB drives to finally put my Gigabit Ethernet Tower as media server.. :D

CanadaRAM
Apr 6, 2007, 08:29 PM
You can use a SATA controller but you must make sure the manufacturer guarantees that the firmware is Mac compatible, and with your model.

Also, few SATA controller cards are bootable in OSX. I think Firmtek's is the only one; and then onlu in specific models of machine.

A parallel ATA controller (ATA/100 or ATA/133, again Mac compatible) may be a better choice.

SmurfBoxMasta
Apr 7, 2007, 06:27 AM
Also, few SATA controller cards are bootable in OSX. I think Firmtek's is the only one; and then onlu in specific models of machine.

huummm........ SIIG, Firmtek and Sonnet (Acard-based only, but not the Promise-based ones) are all bootable in all G4's running OS X. I've used several of each in a B&W G3, Sawtooth, DA, and a QS/867 notta problemo :D