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Problems adding WD SATA drive to G4

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by lexden, Dec 15, 2010.

  1. macrumors newbie

    I bought a WD Caviar Green 1TB drive for my 533Mhz G4 (digital audio model) but I can't get it up and running - problems with boot sequence. I have an IDE drive in the cradle with it. I've tried two installations:
    1. A LaCie eSATA PCI card with the SATA drive internal and the cable looped back inside so I can use the internal power. With the cable connected, the boot just stalls - disconnected, Tiger boots from the IDE drive but nothing happens when I connect the eSATA cable. So, I left it connected, tried a Cuda reset and reboot and all fired up. Disk Utility saw a 1TB drive, I added a 128 gig partition and it seemed OK until I eventually restarted. The boot hangs and I haven't been able to get the drive recognized since. So,
    2. I bought an IDE/SATA adapter that just plugs into the drive and takes the IDE ribbon cable connector from the motherboard. No go - the boot hangs as before. I'm perplexed because it's just a bridge, to make the SATA drive look like an IDE drive.
    I've read some other threads on this site where these adapters have been used with no problems. Also, the LaCie card claims to be compatible with G4's.
  2. macrumors newbie


    that drive is listed as an advanced format drive. you need to pop it in a windows machine and run the utility from WD to get it running. it seems these drives have the ability to re-align the sectors and heads for faster performance. this of course may not be mac compatible.

    try doing that then reinstalling using sata. mac should see it. i'd leave the green's alone and stick with caviar blue or black editions. the green means eco. so by realigning the sectors and heads, it in theory uses less time therefore less power to find stuff.

    It's good but it hates legacy hardware!

    hope that helps.
  3. macrumors 6502a


    ive got a green WD drive in my g5, works no dramas... then again, i did use it in my windows box previous to that....
  4. macrumors 65816


    I have a 1TB WD green drive in my QS runnin off a SIIG SATA controller card.....nu muss, no fuss :)
  5. macrumors newbie

    Not all caviar green drives are adv format.... only the ones made this year from about may onwards...

    you have to check WD's site!
  6. macrumors newbie

    Thanks for the posts. It seems (from WD FAQ) that I have to use GUID partitioning to align the sectors correctly, so that's out for PowerPC. My drive is definitely the advanced format type, from the s/n. I think I shall use it with my laptop and buy a Caviar Blue or Samsung for the Mac.

    Q. for SmurfBoxMasta: did you get the SC-SAT212-S4 PCI card? It's available in the UK and quite cheap.
  7. macrumors 65816


    In system profiler, mine is listed as "SIIG-3114-R1". I got if from OWC for around $40 about 4 years ago :)

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