Upgrading an older mac

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by rschapel, Mar 2, 2004.

  1. rschapel macrumors member

    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2004
    #1
    A friend of mine has a G3 233 powermac, it currently has a 4g drive in it, and while he is happy with the performance, he is looking for more space. I haven't seen the machine yet (its a work friend), what size drive can this older mac handle? Any advice? Honest he is happy with the speed, just looking for more space...


    --Randy
     
  2. applemacdude macrumors 68040

    applemacdude

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2001
    Location:
    Over The Rainbow
    #2

    It can handle any reasonable HD upgrade. I think it was up to 2TB or something.
     
  3. Horrortaxi macrumors 68020

    Horrortaxi

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2003
    Location:
    Los Angeles
    #3
    However, it might be SCSI. Higher prices, lower capacity.
     
  4. blue&whiteman macrumors 65816

    blue&whiteman

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2003
    #4
    the beige G3 only has external scsi capability I think. the internal HD bus is an older IDE with a max tranfer rate of 16MB/sec (its the technology that existed just before ultra ata/33). on this bus you should be able to use any modern ata drive under 137GB. since there are no 137GB drives you could go up to a 120GB. my blue and white has ata/33 and I run 2 drives off it (maxtor 6GB and western dig. 120GB) just fine. I want to add an ata/133 pci card soon to speed up things like app launching and to use the ata/100 speed of the wd drive. maybe your friend could think about this also.
     
  5. tomf87 macrumors 65816

    tomf87

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2003
    #5
    At www.xlr8yourmac.com, it appears there are many people dropping 80GB drives in the Beige G3. Don't know if it will be the same for the G3 All-In-One which also ran at 233/266 Mhz.
     
  6. jamall macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2003
    Location:
    Canberra, Australia
    #6
    An excellent program called MacTracker has all the info you could ever need (such as internal bus types) on every Mac ever made.
     
  7. DrBoar macrumors member

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2003
    Location:
    close
    #7
    While the beige G3 do take larger HDs it will only work with a booting partition on the first 4 or was it 8 GB so larger HDs has to be partioned to work on the internal IDE. xlr8youmac is a good site for the particulars
     

Share This Page