View Full Version : Apple eMac 1 GHz, G4 - extra hard drive, what, how?

Feb 14, 2010, 06:18 PM
First I should introduce myself. :) I am Neven from Croatia and I'm 17 years old.

Now, I have Apple eMac 1 GHz, G4. I would like to have an extra hard drive, since this one is almost full. As I've understood, there are only 2 "slots", and one of them is used by DVD/CD reader, other is, of course - hard drive.

For me, it's easiest to buy internal S-ATA drive. Now, how will I connect it? Are there any S-ATA to Firewire cables / adapters?

Thank you in advance.

Also, I am willing to share my RapidShare account with someone. I can't download whole 10 GB a day. Anyone interested?

Feb 14, 2010, 07:01 PM
As an idea- purchase a SATA-compatible external drive enclosure which supports FireWire (Which is in effect a SATA-FW adapter). That is the only easy way to add extra storage to eMac G4s (Which are fine machines btw).

Feb 14, 2010, 07:47 PM
Wait, so is it possible to turn classic, internal hard drive into "external" by connecting it to Firewire/USB 2.0? Because, currently I'm short on cash so only option is internal one. Should I go with SATA to USB instead SATA to Firewire if that easier to find in shops?

On the other hand, maybe internal + adapter would cost same or more than external.

What do you think?

Feb 15, 2010, 02:18 PM
Won't you please, please help me? (The Beatles)

No, seriously, can anyone answer my last questions? Thanks.

Feb 15, 2010, 02:54 PM
first the emac has only ide connectors inside NO SATA
firewire is better and faster so get a external firewire enclosure cheapest and less work intense way
other option is a bit complicated get a bigger hardrive for internal , dont worry about your data keep the old one where it is for the moment

needs a bit of taking eMac apart ,
but first install carboncopy cloner
after you took the emac apart , take the optical drive out fit your new BIGGER harddrive inside the optical drive bay (fix temprary as it wil come out again and make it master with the jumpers)
now put the emac back together (no need for all outside screws ) switch it on and it should see this big hardrive in finder , use disc utility and format it extended journaled ( make partitions like you want )
now copy with carbon copy cloner all data ( bootable)to the new big harddrive
now take the emac apart again fit the big one in place of your full small one and fit the optical drive again , everything back together , plug it in and be happy with your big drive