Internal hard drives (I feel silly)

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  1. yellow bear macrumors newbie

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    Hi!
    I desperately need some more space (internally) on my powermac dual thingy computer, Am I right in thinking that I need to buy an internal hard drive? do these all cater for mac and PC or do I need to buy one specially for a mac? I'm in the uk and I think I want to buy online (not many pute shops around here) any tips or suggestions on buying? any reccomendations?
    Also how do I make the drive that I buy the one that everything boots from? is that easy?
    Ive put internal drives in before under the guidance of my ex so I know I can do it, it's just the finer details that bother me.
    Thanks so much!
    Claire x
     
  2. aquajet macrumors 68020

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    Firstly, what speed is your PowerMac G4?

    Any PATA hard drive should work (current PATA hard drives include the ATA-100 and ATA-133 varieties). I'd stick with Seagate hard drives since they have a 5-year warranty. If you don't care about the warranty, then I would look for the best price. But really...any brand should work fine.

    However, certain G4 models do not support hard drives over 137 gb in size without a bit of trickery. Only the "mirror drive door" model supports larger hard drives.
     
  3. yellow bear thread starter macrumors newbie

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    CPU Speed: 867 MHz
    L2 Cache (per CPU): 256 KB
    L3 Cache (per CPU): 1 MB

    Is that the speed my g4 is?

    I have a mirror on the front, will i be ok with a big drive?

    Thankyou by the way!

    Claire x
     
  4. neocell macrumors 65816

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    If you're using Tiger, under system preferences there's a Startup disc icon, click on that and you can choose whatever drive attached to your computer that you want it to boot from. I think this startup disc icon is somewhere else in Panther (still in system preferences but buried in another folder). It should be very easy
     
  5. yellow bear thread starter macrumors newbie

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  6. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604

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    As you already perfectly described it:

    It is a "Mirror Drive Door" Power Mac G4 Dual 867 MHz.
    This Mac has ATA/100 bus, so big PC/Mac ATA drives will work in it.

    No hassle with Master / Slave, just keep the HD on CS (Cable Select), and then format it using Disk Utility.

    EDIT: Here's nice info on your Mac:
    http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/powermac_g4/stats/powermac_g4_867_dp_mdd.html
     
  7. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604

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    Yep.
     
  8. aquajet macrumors 68020

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    Cool. You've got it -- buy as big as you need.
     
  9. reberto macrumors 65816

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    If it is a Quicksilver G4 (2002 model) it can accept a 137 GB or larger drive.
     
  10. yellow bear thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks guys!


    reberto: does having this mirror thingy mean i have a model newer than 2002? I dont really know whether i have the quicksilver model.

    Just want to make really really sure b4 I buy!

    Claire x
     

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