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Old Nov 11, 2012, 06:58 PM   #1
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Need a new hard drive. I am running Tiger and the Tiger install DVD.

What kind of hard drive so I need and the cheapest place to buy? Probably hard to find an outdated hard drive like this in stores. I am not worried about storage: Cheapest, low storage for the G4.

Any suggestions? Thanks!
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Old Nov 11, 2012, 07:04 PM   #2
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It's a normal IDE drive. Not Mac specific, not scsi. Just the same as in older pc's. do not buy a sata drive that's in the g5's and newer.
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Old Nov 11, 2012, 08:09 PM   #3
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Need a new hard drive. I am running Tiger and the Tiger install DVD.

What kind of hard drive so I need and the cheapest place to buy? Probably hard to find an outdated hard drive like this in stores. I am not worried about storage: Cheapest, low storage for the G4.

Any suggestions? Thanks!
You want a 3.5" IDE/PATA drive. You can still find IDE/PATA drives in some stores. IDE/PATA are the same thing, they were called IDE drives at first and over time started to be known as PATA, so some stores call them one or the other but they are the exact same thing. You're in California, Fry's should have some in stock if you're looking to pick one up in person. Otherwise Newegg, Microcenter, and others online have IDE drives online.

Microcenter has some crazy low prices if you're OK with a refurbished drive, starting as low as $8.99...

http://www.microcenter.com/search/se...ortby=pricelow

Newegg has 80 GB Western Digital and Seagate refurbs for $19.99, but the new ide drives are close to $100...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...%20%2f%20ATA-6
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Old Nov 18, 2012, 09:44 AM   #4
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Need a new hard drive. I am running Tiger and the Tiger install DVD.

What kind of hard drive so I need and the cheapest place to buy? Probably hard to find an outdated hard drive like this in stores. I am not worried about storage: Cheapest, low storage for the G4.

Any suggestions? Thanks!
Head on over to the Marketplace Forum and post a Want to Buy ad. I am willing to bet there are a number of people on the forum with IDE drives just sitting in a closet they would be willing to sell.
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also check, if your Quicksilver supports drives larger than 128GB (see http://www.everymac.com/systems/appl...wermac-g4.html)

you can take a SATA drive, if you get an adapter. Sometimes SATA drives at low storage spaces are cheaper than IDE.
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Old Nov 18, 2012, 11:22 AM   #6
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also check, if your Quicksilver supports drives larger than 128GB (see http://www.everymac.com/systems/appl...wermac-g4.html)

you can take a SATA drive, if you get an adapter. Sometimes SATA drives at low storage spaces are cheaper than IDE.
This... get a cheaper, larger SATA drive and an adapter.
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