SATA PowerMac G4 MDD

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by mvkVirtual, Jan 29, 2011.

  1. macrumors regular

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    I have a PowerMac G4 MDD with these specs
    -Dual 867MHz
    -2GB RAM
    -3 x IDE HDD
    etc.

    I have set up file sharing and networking with other PC's and Mac's in my home network. So I will use this as a file server.

    I would like to upgrade to SATA, and would like to know if the following will be compatible with my PowerMac :)

    SATA Card
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/SATA-PCI-int-ports-VT6421a/dp/B000LS4LXS/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

    Power Adapter
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/StarTech-co...-Cable/dp/B0002GRUV4/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

    Hard Drive (may buy 2 of these)
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Western-Dig...1_4?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1296321261&sr=1-4

    Please let me know if these items will all work and be recognized by my PowerMac. Also, if I only purchase 1 hard drive, can I add another for a RAID 1 setup in the future ? (mirroring) via software. Or do I have to buy 2 from the start to create a RAID 1 setup ?
     
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    Nameci

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    I guess you would be better with sonnets... look for it in macsales.com....
     
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

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    That is an American sales specialist, and there is no way I am paying those prices. I would prefer to know if I can use the ones mentioned.
     
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    Nameci

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    I never tried the ones you have posted. So there is no better but for you to buy and try...
     
  5. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah I know that, I am hoping for a response from another member who has a similar item. It seems pretty popular and generic on amazon.
     
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    666sheep

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    Listed SATA CRAD won't work. There's no Mac OS drivers for VIA VT6421a chipset.
     
  7. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ok thanks, know of the cheapest sata card I can buy that will work ? UK only.
     
  8. macrumors member

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    I went through this a year or so back and couldn't find anything out there that would do it other than the Sonnet; I bought it through macupgrades.co.uk. I remember being pretty frustrated at the time that there wasn't anything cheaper to be had.

    http://www.macupgrades.co.uk/store/machine.php?name=powermac-g4-quicksilver lists most of the popular upgrades for your machine.

    The cable & drive in your original post are fine; I have a couple of the WD Greens and they're a good, reliable drive. The Black is notionally faster but I use the Green for Apple TV file serving and have never had an issue.
     
  9. thread starter macrumors regular

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    The sonnet seems to be the only option. Surely there has to be a cheaper variety though, considering the PC ones are a fraction if the cost! :mad:
     
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  11. macrumors 68000

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    AFAIK/can find, the macupgrades one is the only one avaliable in the UK (I nearly bought one for my MDD last night, but decided against it as I dont need the extra space in my iTunes box).
     
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    OrangeSVTguy

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    I personally wouldn't get anything with VIA chips for a Mac. Never had any luck with any PCI card with a VIA chip in it for Mac :(.
     
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    fblack

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    There's a company called FirmTek that sells similar cards. I know they used to sell them in UK years ago, but I don't know if they still do, and I don't know what the price would be, but you might be able to find one on ebay.

    This is an example on OWCs website. I have a similar one on my old G4 (with a WD raptor as my boot drive), but mine also includes an eSATA on the back plate. I can tell you I didn't pay that price 4-5 years ago, if anything it seems that prices have gone up.

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Firmtek/SATA1V4/
     

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