160gb HD in G4 Digital Audio?

deadfrog

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Original poster
Sep 5, 2004
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Hi,

Bought myself a 160gb hard drive a while ago, when i installed it i formatted it as normal and got 120gb free space. Im sure ive heard of a software hack that lets you get round this... Ive searched on the forums, but havent found anything that mentions the Digital Audio towers...

any ideas?

cheers.
 

Mechcozmo

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Jul 17, 2004
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The hardware support for 48-bit addressing (for drives 128 GB and larger) isn't there on certain Macs pre-Quicksilver (and random Quicksilvers, too).

There might be a software hack, but I haven't heard of one and I'm not sure how well it would work...

If you buy a hard drive controller PCI card, then you will be set. The PCI card would take care of the 48-bit addressing issues, and the Mac would use it.
 

Blue Velvet

Moderator emeritus
Jul 4, 2004
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You need something like the Sonnet Tempo card to get the full capacity of the drive. No amount of partitioning will enable you to get round it...

Have a QS733 here at work (as a server) that needed the PCI ATA card to use a 250gb HD.
 

deadfrog

macrumors regular
Original poster
Sep 5, 2004
115
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UK / Bournemouth
hmmm, ok cheers... think i may just not bother... its only 40gb and would cost me more to get hold of a pci card... i have 70gb left at the moment anyway...

thanks
 
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