Power Mac G5 with 2.5'' SATA Laptop drives?

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  1. macrumors 6502a

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    Hello guys,

    So I just managed to buy a Power Mac G5 1.8GHz Dual with 1.25GB RAM for £49.00. Its in pretty good 9/10 condition, the only issue is, is that it doesn't have a hard drive (removed for legal protection)

    What I was wanting to know was this.

    I have a 500GB WD Scorpio Black and a 320GB Hitachi both are 2.5'' SATA hard drives, which were at different stages used in my 13'' MacBook Pro. Now they are just sat in a box unused. Would these drives work and mount in the G5 without issue? I understand that the connection interface is the same for both laptop and desktop SATA connections, so I assume it would be okay, has anyone tried this before?

    much appreciated and thanks a lot

    Ryan
     
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    Intell

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    They'd work without a problem. The only difference is that they won't be secured, but as long as you don't bump or move the G5 when their on, it should be fine.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    thanks a lot. the scorpio black was one awesome drive in my MBP compared to the stock one, so it should be pretty decent in the G5.
     
  4. macrumors 68020

    Jethryn Freyman

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    The boot drive for my G5 tower is a 2.5" SSD. Didn't even bother with a mounting bracket [be careful you don't strain the SATA cable if you're not using a mounting bracket.

    I've also used a 2.5" mechanical HD in there as a boot drive for a month without a hitch, again, no mounting bracket [though I'd probably advise one for a mechanical drive.]
     

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