Compatible IDE ATA/133 PCI Controller

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  1. monkey86 macrumors 6502

    monkey86

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    Im looking for a controller card for the mac in my signature there are a load of them on ebay/maplin etc - but none of them say mac compatible, will this be a problem or can i use them anyway?

    Bit of advice as i have 2 120 gb hdds to put in the mac :) (+ The 60gb stock)

    thanks in advance!
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    I'm not really sure what you're after, but "Mac compatible" isn't nearly as important as getting PCIe and not PCI.
     
  3. monkey86 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    PCI (NOT PCIe GFX)

    I have a PowerMac G4 and i need to get 2 ata/133 hard drives (120gb each) plus the stock 60gb hard drive all working at the same time.

    the motherboard ata controller is ata/66 and the new hard drives are ata/133.

    i need a 'pci ide ata/133 controller card' nothing to do with pci-e as the powermac doesnt support it.

    if anyone can help me, i need to know if a card that doesnt say mac compatible can be used :)
     
  4. CWallace macrumors 603

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    I would expect it to just work, since the Macintosh OS supports ATA/IDE so, in theory, it should be able to identify and install drivers for any card conforming to the standards.

    However, if you want to be sure of support, there appear to be a number of vendors who make "Mac-compatible" PCI ATA/IDE cards based on a Google search I did using the terms mac PCI IDE controller.
     
  5. aibo macrumors 6502

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    Acard 6280M (PCI ATA/133) is one, off the top of my head. OS X actually has the drivers natively built-in so you just plug in the card and go.
     
  6. yippy macrumors 68020

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    Before you spend money, you are aware that the new ATA/133 drives will work just fine put on an ATA/66 bus, the only problem might be a slight decrease in performance but they will work.

    If you are asking because that slight performance hit matters or you need more drives than the internal bus allows then I would check out eshop.macsales.com. They should have some ATA PCI controllers.

    Specifically here is a list of compatable controllers.
     
  7. monkey86 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    cool cheers, the ata 66 will on board will only let me connect 2 drives as raid, so im going for a pci card also I want the extra speed =)
     

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