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Loa
Mar 2, 2010, 01:27 PM
Hello,

I may get my hands on a first gen Power Mac G5, and I have two questions:

1- Can I use this G5 as a NAS?

2- Can I mount more than 2 drives in there, even though officially there's only room for 2?

Thanks!

Loa



666sheep
Mar 2, 2010, 01:47 PM
1 Sure you can
2 Yes, but you will need additional SATA controller to connect more drives and something like this (http://www.amazon.com/Sonnet-Technologies-ENC-G5-3HD-Drive-Mounting/dp/B000BDDBM0) or this (http://www.cwol.com/serial-ata/g5-drive-mounting-kit.htm) to place them inside G5 case.

Loa
Mar 2, 2010, 02:46 PM
Thx!

Two more questions:

-External hard drives connected with USB will be available on the network as well?

-Can I fit in a PATA hard drive in the optical bay?

Loa

Transporteur
Mar 2, 2010, 03:14 PM
-External hard drives connected with USB will be available on the network as well?

-Can I fit in a PATA hard drive in the optical bay?



Yes and yes.

There are also adapters that could fit 2.5" drives in the PCIe slots, which would increase your internal storage capacity.
-> http://www.xpcgear.com/scythe-slot-rafter-2-5.html

The maximum internal storage capacity of a G5 should be 18TB with proper mounting.
5 3.5" drives (2TB) and 8 2.5" drives (1TB).
Of course all that drives would require additional SATA (RAID) controllers.

Loa
Mar 3, 2010, 05:51 AM
The maximum internal storage capacity of a G5 should be 18TB with proper mounting.


Wow! That should be enough to last me a while! :-D

Thanks

Loa

fhall1
Mar 3, 2010, 11:37 AM
Not exactly sure what power supply the G5 has (700watt?), but leaving it running 24/7 as a NAS will cost you significantly more than a 2 or 4 drive dedicated NAS unit. It'll be like running a small microwave oven continuously.

Loa
Mar 3, 2010, 11:53 AM
Not exactly sure what power supply the G5 has (700watt?), but leaving it running 24/7 as a NAS will cost you significantly more than a 2 or 4 drive dedicated NAS unit. It'll be like running a small microwave oven continuously.

Well, even if the power supply is rated at 700W, it's not giving up that much energy constantly.

My 09 MP's power supply is rated at 980W, but it only pulls around 110W during regular usage.

It's significantly more than a NAS, but then again, electricity is cheap around here.

Loa