compatible hard drive PowerMac G5

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by 4now, Aug 15, 2008.

  1. macrumors regular

    Sep 20, 2007
    Is this hard drive going to work as an extra drive in a:
    Power Mac G5
    Power PC G5 (2.2)
    existing ram 2x512MB PC3200U-30330

    Western Digital Caviar (WD5000AAKS) 500GB SATAII 7200RPM 16MB Buffer (OEM)
  2. macrumors member

    Aug 5, 2008
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    uasully all hard drives will work on even an old computer, if you are buying it new it will probably come with the drivers disk for mac and windows, so I would say it will work
  3. macrumors regular


    Jun 1, 2008
    i operate an old imac with a hard drive from an old pc. i formatted it using a ata to usb adapter in disk utility (all macs have it). id say it work too.
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 8, 2008
    Yep, i used a 500AAKS and some other new drives with my PowerMac G5 1.8 first generation and it worked flawlessly.

    It just reduces its speed from the 3Gbps to the 1.5Gbps due to the SATAI speeds present on the G5's

    i even have a few IDE drives in there connected via the IDE cable (took out the optical bay)
  5. macrumors 65816

    Jan 9, 2008
    Any SATA drive will work in any SATA capable machine, just like any ATA drive will work in any ATA capable machine.

    Macs are no exception.

    No drivers needed.

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