"Big" Hard Drives in Early Macs

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  1. bunnspecial macrumors 603

    bunnspecial

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    I have a Macintosh SE(FDHD) with a dead internal hard drive. If I'm not mistaken, the original hard drive in the computer would be somewhere around 20mb.

    Looking around Ebay, 50 pin SCSI drives in the 20-40mb range are fairly pricey, no doubt due to guys like me trying to fix these older computers.

    A while back, I upgraded the original 512mb Quantum HDD in my 7100 to a 1gb drive. So, that leaves me with a spare 512mb 50-pin SCSI HDD lying around.

    Is there any possibility of a drive this large working in the SE, or do I need to hunt down something closer to the original capacity?
     
  2. MacTech68 macrumors 68000

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    It should be fine with a 512MB HD.

    According to Apple, the maximum volume size for System 6, 7.0.x & 7.1.x is 2GB.

    System 7.5.0 maximum is 4GB

    System 7.5.2+ maximum is 2TB
     
  3. bunnspecial thread starter macrumors 603

    bunnspecial

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    Thanks! If I ever get it apart, I'll put the 512mb in it.
     
  4. Anonymous Freak macrumors 601

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    I had a 9 GB, 10,000 RPM hard drive in my SE/30 for a while. Ran just fine. (Had to add a fan, because that HD generated quite a bit of heat - and I wouldn't try to use any add-in cards or CPU upgrades that might draw more power...)
     

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