Quick Help needed. Hard drive requirements.

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  1. deadfrog macrumors regular

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    Hi,

    Just wondering if someone could offer some quick advice. Want to get a new hard drive today. Was looking at the seagate 160gb SATA hd with 8 mb cache.. Are these any good and will it be ok in my g4 550dp powermac?

    thanks
     
  2. ChrisFromCanada macrumors 65816

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    It will work fine as long as you have an SATA PCI card. Otherwise you are looking for a PATA Hard Drive.
     
  3. deadfrog thread starter macrumors regular

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    without meaning to sound ignorant, how would i find that out?

    under my system profiler, pci/agp cards: all its got is my graphics card (128 rage pro)...

    my current hard drive is Deskstar 40GV - IBM DTLA-305030 - 30.7GB - IDE ATA/100 - 512KB - 5400 rpm

    cheers
     
  4. jeremy.king macrumors 603

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    If you didn't add one, you don't gots one.
     
  5. deadfrog thread starter macrumors regular

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    hmmmm... so whats the difference? and what am i looking for? basically id really like to get one today...

    thanks for all your help, is appreciated.

    rich
     
  6. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    SATA is newer technology that PATA (Parallel ATA, or just ATA), and it won't work unless you have a G5-based Mac (which you don't) or a PowerMac G4 and a SATA PCI card (which you don't seem to have either). SATA implements data transfer in a different and much faster way than PATA - however, modern hard drives can't take full advantage of SATA's speed just yet.
     
  7. jeremy.king macrumors 603

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    Don't buy a Serial ATA drive.

    Buy any ATA-133 or ATA-100 drive. I'm a fan of the Seagate line - very quiet. Such as this one.

    http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproductdesc.asp?description=22-152-014&DEPA=1
     
  8. cluthz macrumors 68040

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    I would have bought a 120GB drive for your Powermac since it can't use more than 128GB (per physical HD). All drives over 128GB will be recognized as 128GB drives.
     
  9. jeremy.king macrumors 603

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    ah....Good point.

    I don't own this one, I only have a 120, but since the poster was looking for 160, I found that one.

    You would need an ATA133 card to recognize any drive larger than 137GB.

    So get this drive or one like it.

    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=22-148-022&depa=1
     
  10. Dopeyman macrumors 6502a

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    I think bringing an old thread to life is better than starting a new one... or am I wrong?? :confused:

    Anywho.... I have a Seagate Barracuda ST3200822A 200GB Hard Drive (EIDE ATA-100, 7200 RPM, 8MB), but in an external USB 2.0 case... My G4 has a ATA/66 card (AGP model)....

    Do I still need to install an ATA133 card??
     
  11. Dopeyman macrumors 6502a

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    Can anyone confirm that I need the ATA/133 card to run and external drive?? TIA!
     
  12. Bear macrumors G3

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    For firewire or USB external drives, it doesn't matter what type of ATA controller the system has since it isn't talking to the external drives.

    However, you really want a USB 2.0 card for your system, otherwise the drive will be molasses slow. Or even better, get a firewire external drive.
     
  13. Dopeyman macrumors 6502a

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    Thank you Bear for the reply.. Yeah, I purchased a 5 port (4 outside, 1 inside) 2.0 USB pci card...

    I was just curious cause it just crashed about a week ago before reading this thread...
     

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