Internal Hard Drive, what kind

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  1. macstudent macrumors 6502

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    I have a question about internal hard drives. What kind of harddrive can I buy for my g5? I have seen various formats such as SATA, EIDE, etc.

    Are all internal hard drives compatible with OS X on my G5? I have been looking at a few, and some come with controller cards which I don't know anything about.

    thanks again.

    And I am runing 10.4.5
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    If you have a G5 you'll want a SATA drive. The sky is the limit on drive capacity too. Drives are pretty much universal components for all computers. You'll just need to format it to HFS+ in Disk Utility.
     
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    what about the SATA drives that come with a controller card?

    Do I need this, what is it for?
     
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    Most SATA drives don't come with a controller card. Your SATA controller is built on your motherboard. You'll only need the controller card if you have an older Mac or want a ton of drives, more than two, in your machine.

    Is it an iMac G5 or a Power Mac G5?
     
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    Just don't use the controller card then.

    You already have SATA support. The card is moot.
     
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