|Aug 20, 2009, 06:33 PM||#1|
How many HDs can a G4 tower power, & max HD size
I am looking to buy a used G4 Dual 1ghz M8667LL/A and use it as a file server. What is the max amount of hard drives the stock power supply can power? My plan is to have one internal as a boot drive then use a ESATA PCI card to power and external enclosure. The external enclosure will have 8 or so HDs and use a port multiplier to have one ESATA out to the G4. Is this computer capable and or powerful enough? I guess my main concern will be finding a ESATA card compatible with this computer. Thanks
Also, does anyone know of a power supply that can power multiple HDs without needing a motherboard?
Last edited by jdl8422; Aug 20, 2009 at 07:00 PM.
|Aug 20, 2009, 09:58 PM||#2|
FOr your PSU, there are several creative options - the first is a secondary "optical bay" PSU that has relatively low power(400W, usually? Once again, not too familiar). The other option that I can think of is another regular power supply with some wires for the mobo connector soldiered together so that the two PSUs are wired in parallel. I think the Samsung guys did this for their 24-SSD machine that Tesselator showed a while back...
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|Aug 20, 2009, 10:13 PM||#3|
If you're using eSATA drives, the G4's PSU is irrelevant to how many drives you can use. eSATA does not provide power. Your external enclosure will need its own power supply.
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