PowerMAC G4 Hard Drive Question

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by pinetec, Feb 13, 2008.

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    pinetec

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    I have an old PowerMac G4 7400 (450 Mhz) and I'd like to use it to replace an old Micron PC I'm using as a file server. My question is, what is the largest size HD I can install in it? I checked Mactracker and it said it only supported up to 128 GB per drive. But I didn't know if this was related to the OS at the time or whether it was a hardward limitation. If I'm running Tiger on it would it support a larger 500GB drive?

    If it is a hardware limitation I guess I could always add a couple external firewire drives.

    Let me know if this should have been posted in the "collectible forum".

    Thanks
    Michael
     
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    Eidorian

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    It's a hardware limitation. You don't get LBA 48-bit access until the Quicksilver 2002 Power Mac G4.
     
  3. macrumors Core

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    Nope, it's hardware limitations if you're using the existing hardware. Add a sata card, for example, and you can chuck in what you like IIRC.
     
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    pinetec

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    Wow. Thanks for the quick response. I'll look at adding a SATA card.

    Thanks!
     
  5. macrumors regular

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    Actually, there is a software solution for this:
    http://www.speedtools.com/ATA6.html

    I'm running nearly 1TB in my G4 with no issues. Be sure to read their documentation on partitioning strategies though.

    :cool:
     

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