Hard drives bigger than 120 GB

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by matahaze, Nov 2, 2005.

  1. matahaze macrumors newbie

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    HI GUYZ!
    did any of you experienced a drive not been recognized if the size is more than 120GB?
    I'll explain:
    I have got 2 Powermacs:
    1) Quicksilver G4 867MHz
    1) powermac G4 400MHz with AGP.
    none of them can see a drive bigger than 120GB..even thought the one I just bought is 300GB...
    any suggestion?I mean is it a capacity problem?do I need to upgrade some sort of firmware to allow the computer to see the drive?
     
  2. generik macrumors 601

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    It has something to do with addressing, I think your old macs can't "see" beyond 48 bits of disk space, and hence that limitation :(

    Why not buy a Mini? :)
     
  3. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    If you get a PCI controller card you can use bigger disks. Make sure you buy one with OSX drivers though!
     
  4. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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  5. matahaze thread starter macrumors newbie

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  6. Whyren macrumors 6502a

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  7. MikeGA macrumors newbie

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    If you download MacTracker, it will tell you whether each Mac model supports large drives (larger than 120Gb). That could be helpful
     

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