G4 Hardrives? Can I buy a regular PC hardrive?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by obelix, Nov 9, 2004.

  1. macrumors member

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    Here's a quick questions. I am looking for a 250GB hardrive for a dual G4 powermac. I am wondering if I can use a ordinary PC retail hardrive or do I have to buy a specially designed "Mac-compatible" hardrive. I don't see why a regular PC hardrive wouldn't work. Can someone help me with this?
     
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    Passante

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    replace hard drive on a G4

    Yes you can add any standard ATA hard drive you want to your G4. See this link from Apple http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=26259

    One of the great advantages of Apple over PC towers is the terrific engineering that goes into the build of the machine. Its a joy to add hard drives, optical drives or PCI cards to a G4 tower. No sharp edges to cut your hands on. If only the fan system on the G4 MDD was as well designed.

    Joe
     
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    varmit

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    As long as the interface, EIDE or SATA (new in the G5 Macs), it should work just fine. I have two 120gig drives in my Mac, and one came from my old PC.
     
  4. thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the quick reply man! That was exactly the info I was looking for!
     
  5. macrumors newbie

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    Beware Western Digital

    Although 95% of all the hard drives will work, there are a few that won't. Any Western Digital with a model number ending in 'J' will be seen but can't be formatted even by a G4 under 10.2+. I highly recommend Seagate as I have yet to find one with this issue (besides, they are a FAR better quality drive). I guarantee you'll be happy with it. They seem to have a much better life expectancy also. Just a preference and suggestion.
     
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    What dual is you planning to upgrade?

    If its an older Digital audio or a Quicksilver your computer won't recognize more than 137GB pr drive (some QS can see the whole drive..)

    If its an MDD, then you're safe to use any ATA100/133 drive.
     
  7. thread starter macrumors member

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    How do I find that information out? I can't see that info anywhere.
     
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    TEG

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    If your system doesn't have the Mirrored Drive Doors, stick to <137GB, to be safe. If you do have a QuickSilver, under your "About This Mac..." click on more info, and then on ATA. If it is ATA-100 or 133 you'll be fine with >137GB. To be on the safe side, I'd suggest buying an ATA-133 Card for the system and connect that way.

    TEG
     

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