Can the hard drive of a newer (DDR2) G5, work in the older (DDR) G5?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Toby B, Oct 3, 2014.

  1. Toby B macrumors newbie

    Toby B

    Jul 29, 2014
    Hi folks,
    I have a hard drive that was the main drive from inside a G5 desktop (later model with DDR2 RAM).

    If I put it in the main drive bay of an older model G5 (with DDR RAM), would it work?

    My hard drive should have the OS 10.5 operating system on it, and was used to boot up the G5, before the CPU died.

    Thanks for reading :)
  2. robertdsc macrumors regular


    Jan 28, 2014
    Yes. G5 hard drives are connected via the SATA protocol. That was standard across all G5 models.

    If you wanted to put the drive into a G4 Mac, you would need an adapter to convert the SATA ports to IDE format, which is what G4s use.

    Alternatively, if you wanted to use the SATA drive in a G4, you could also use a PCI card that has SATA ports on it.
  3. tampasteve macrumors 6502

    Yes, what Robert said.

    I have done this myself without any issues whatsoever. This type of thing is much easier with Macs than PCs, IMO, as there are less hardware issues that may arise.
  4. Toby B thread starter macrumors newbie

    Toby B

    Jul 29, 2014
    Thanks guys, I will give this a try if I have the opportunity.

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