HELP! Installing 2nd HD on dual G5

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by jp_powers, Feb 13, 2004.

  1. jp_powers macrumors newbie

    Feb 13, 2004
    I need some assistance on this project. I recently purchased a Western Digital Caviar 160 gig/7200 IDE ATA hard drive from Office Max ($59.99 after rebates) I was told that it would work.

    I slid it in the second bay, however, I'm not sure where to hook up the connector cables. I could guess, but, I am a horrible guesser.

    Once done, do I need to format the drive?

    If anyone can help, I would greatly appreciate it and possibly reward them... Thanks
  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    Here's a hint for installing hard drives: look for a colored strip or stripes on one end of the data ribbon cable (this is called pin 1). Orient the cable so that the end you've identified as pin 1 is closest to the power connector (usually the cable plug is translucent white and blocky; the connector is also blocky). The power connector must also be hooked up to one of those blocky cable plugs (I don't know where they're stored on the PowerMac G5 as I've never opened one up). After that, try booting the computer. If the hard drive is recognized and appears on the desktop, check its format in the Get Info window. If the format says anything other than HFS+, HFS Plus or Mac OS Extended, reformat the drive to this format (all three are actually different names for the same format). I would also enable journaling if it isn't already on. This can be done in Disk Utility (without a reformat).
  3. TyleRomeo macrumors 6502a

    Mar 22, 2002
    New York
    Re: HELP! Installing 2nd HD on dual G5

    G5 use serial ATA and not IDE ATA, so unless you get a converter which is extra costs and probably would not even fit, youre going to have to return it. and get a serial ata drive.

  4. jp_powers thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 13, 2004
    thanks. even though it is bad news... On the bright side, on e bay these drives are going for $50 more than I paid. (although I am just hoping to get mine sold for cost)
  5. Opteron macrumors 6502

    Feb 10, 2004
    South Australia
    You might:confused: be able to get an ATA cable with two ports (I have 7 or so laying arround) and run the HDD in slave mode off the IDE channel that the DVD burner is on. Worth a try.

    Secondly if that doesn't work, you should be able to take it back, and say I was un aware my computer uses SATA, may I exchange it for a SATA one. Then pay the difference. There should be no troubles with that.
  6. jelloshotsrule macrumors G3


    Feb 7, 2002
    given that they told you it would work, you can certainly blame them... and should have no problem getting your money back or exchanging or whatever...

    assuming they are respectable in the least
  7. tomf87 macrumors 65816


    Sep 10, 2003
    Guarantee you won't find SATA cables with more than two ports. Each SATA channel only supports one device, so there is no master/slave designations.
  8. solvs macrumors 603


    Jun 25, 2002
    LaLaLand, CA
    Or just buy a cheap external case. It's like $40.

    I think I read on that someone did put an IDE drive in there with a converter and it worked, though it's not supported. And as Opteron said, if you get a long enough cable, you can hook it to the CD drives connector. Don't know if it's compatible with 160 GB drives or not, since it may be ATA/33 or 66.

    And I believe it has to be the master with the CD drive as slave.
  9. virividox macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003
    Manila - Nottingham - Philadelphia - Santa Barbar
    yeah if ur just using it for data dumping

    then get it a firewire case and use it as a hot swappable drive.

    but if its for movie making, heavy photoshop usage scratch disk type work, then best you get urself a SATA drive
  10. Opteron macrumors 6502

    Feb 10, 2004
    South Australia
    But the DVD Burner runs on a standard IDE ATA Bus, thus can be dasie chaned.

    I know you can only run one SATA drive per channel.:mad:
  11. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    New cable, HD power splitter, and 20 rolls of duct tape to give to Red Green to modify the G5 case (or a couple short strips of double sided tape.).

Share This Page