PowerMac Hard Drives N Stuff...

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  1. Patch^ macrumors regular

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    When it comes to adding an additional Hard Drive to a PowerMac G5 does it have to be a "IBM (Hitachi) Deskstar 7K" or can it be any SATA i.e. Maxtor, Seagate or Samsung etc.

    Finally can anyone recommend me some decent 5.1 optical speakers at a reasonable price? or a 5.1 sound card for Mac.

    Thanks :)
     
  2. livingfortoday macrumors 68030

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    Apple uses different brands of SATA drives in the different PowerMac revisions, so you can add any brand of SATA drive you want in there.
     
  3. iGary Guest

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    The Maxtors that come with are noisy as hell.

    Get an additional Seagate - nice and quiet.
     
  4. Patch^ thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks guys, I was thinking of getting a seagate :) thanks iGary. On a side note does anyone have any 5.1 speakers they would recommend for a powermac?
     
  5. livingfortoday macrumors 68030

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    Yeah, I second that. I just put a Seagate in my Cube, and the thing is silent. Even when it's under heavy load I can barely hear it.

    Of course, in the Cube quiet is important... in a Powermac... well, I'm sitting next to a G5 now, and they're noisy as hell.
     
  6. pubwvj macrumors 68000

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    This used to be the case. I have a Maxtor 250GB that is almost totally silent. Very fast and nice drive. It revamps my opinion of Maxtor which used to be pretty low.
     
  7. iGary Guest

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    Well the one in my three-week-old PM is the loudest I have ever heard.

    Probably ready to blow up.
     
  8. TMA macrumors 6502a

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    I'm holding out to upgrade my Powermac G5's Hard drive. Hitachi have just released a 500gb SATA drive and they are the first to do so. I'm waiting for Seagate to do the same and I plan to snap up 2. 1Tb of internal storage here we come! I just don't really trust hitachi drives from all the horror stories of 'Deathstars' (A play on Deskstar, Hitachi's name for the drives)

    So another vote for Seagate from me. I believe they have a 5 year warranty and have always behaved well for me. They're usually very quiet too.
     
  9. nickgoldman macrumors member

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    Does anyone know if the powermac can support the 500gb hitachi drive
    or what the maximum size is
     
  10. iEdd macrumors 68000

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    I am on mine, I muted my music as I read your post and I can't even hear it making a sound (other than a light fan running, but very quietly)
     
  11. iEdd macrumors 68000

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    I am pretty sure it can, as the max is 1TB over two bays. (check apple site.)
     
  12. RobHague macrumors 6502

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    I checked my system specs and i have a Maxtor drive in mine. 250Gb like pubwjv and its pretty quiet. I mean i cant hear it over the fan noise the G5 makes normally.

    But i did have a 160GB maxtor once i had in my main pc, that wasent the quietest drive in the world.

    I think thats just down to the fact that Apple's BTO's go upto a max of 2x400GB
     
  13. yg17 macrumors G5

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    I put a Western Digital in mine, works great. Any SATA drive will do.
     
  14. link92 macrumors 6502

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    The limit is 144PB for each drive, so 288PB max. (1 Pegabyte = 1,000,000 Gigabytes).

    I had 2 Maxtor's go wrong in my G5 after 4 days. They got replaced under warranty and I now have two Hitachi Deskstars (250GB each), no complaints about them.
     

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