Large Hard Drive in Quicksilver

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by jne381, Dec 13, 2006.

  1. jne381 macrumors regular

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    I have a dual 1 GHz Quicksilver PowerMac. I have never had a problem with it, and it is still a good machine for my needs. Although, I do want to install a couple 500GB drives so I can use it to store media files (Movies, Music, Photos).

    I have been told, and have read a couple posts that say these older machines cannot read drives larger than 120GB or so. I did ask a "Mac Genius" about this, and he said as long as I have the latest OS I should not have a problem. I do not believe him though.

    Does anyone really know if this is an actual problem, and is there a solution to this?

    Thanks
     
  2. bartelby macrumors Core

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    Using the internal drive bus it'll only recognise 128GB of large drives.
    To install larger drives you'll need a PCI controller card.

    My 733MHz Quicksilver has 2 120GB drives in at the moment. I'll get a larger once I get a PCI card.
     
  3. jeremy.king macrumors 603

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    Another option would be to use external case(s).
     
  4. glennp macrumors member

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    Big drives ( > 128GB) are supported under OS X 10.2 and later in iMac G4s, eMacs, 2002 Quicksilvers, and all later models.

    The dual 1GHz Quicksilver is a 2002 Quicksilver so it should work. I don't have a 2002 or later G4 to personally attest to this but if anyone is willing to donate one, I'd be more than happy to test it out :)

    These links should provide more info for everyone:

    What Macs natively support large IDE drives? (over 128GB formatted)

    How Big a Hard Drive Can I Put in My iMac G4, eMac, or Power Mac G4?
     
  5. jeremy.king macrumors 603

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    Good info.

    Here's what Apple says, which confirms the other two links.

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=86178
     

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