how do i put a 320gb drive in a powermac g4 gigabit?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by kenmasters8319, Apr 6, 2007.

  1. macrumors newbie

    i been reading up on the drive limitations of a powermac g4 gigabit models and it seems the most it can handle with out any user intervention is a 120gig hdd.

    now i wanna put a 320gig in that sucker how would i go about doing it?
  2. macrumors G4

    Get a controller card. They can be had for cheap nowadays.
  3. macrumors newbie

    quick question can i use SATA instead? or am i just limited to using ide controller cards?

    and can i install mac osx on the drive and boot from it??

    i am new to the mac world so please bare with me..

    will this one work??

    its cheap and it looks tempting.
  4. macrumors G4

    SATA will work as well, just make sure the controller is OS X compatible. The one you linked to didn't mention it so I'd say search around Newegg a bit more for one that specifically states OS X compatibility. Booting I believe depends on the card too, check the actual product page of the card you find for more specific info about it.
  5. macrumors 68030


    I put a SIIG SATA 4 connection card from and right now i got (1) 300GB SATA drive and (1) 400 GB SATA drive in there .... Wanting to put a (4) 750GB drives to finally put my Gigabit Ethernet Tower as media server.. :D
  6. macrumors G5


    You can use a SATA controller but you must make sure the manufacturer guarantees that the firmware is Mac compatible, and with your model.

    Also, few SATA controller cards are bootable in OSX. I think Firmtek's is the only one; and then onlu in specific models of machine.

    A parallel ATA controller (ATA/100 or ATA/133, again Mac compatible) may be a better choice.
  7. macrumors 65816


    huummm........ SIIG, Firmtek and Sonnet (Acard-based only, but not the Promise-based ones) are all bootable in all G4's running OS X. I've used several of each in a B&W G3, Sawtooth, DA, and a QS/867 notta problemo :D

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