160gb HD in G4 Digital Audio?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by deadfrog, Mar 22, 2005.

  1. deadfrog macrumors regular

    Sep 5, 2004
    UK / Bournemouth

    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?

  2. Mechcozmo macrumors 603


    Jul 17, 2004
    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.
  3. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    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.
  4. deadfrog thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 5, 2004
    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...


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