eMac HDD upgrade help

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  1. samusaran240 macrumors newbie

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    i need to now what HDD'S are compatible for my eMac , where they are sold, and a store that can install it.
    can anyone help me.
     
  2. doctormark77 macrumors member

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    I can't help you with finding a store to install the hard drive but i can shed some light on what you would need to buy. I'm fairly sure that the emac has 28-bit LBA addressing, which in non geek speak means that you'll need to get a hard drive that's smaller than 120gb. The emac uses IDE hard drives. So you would need to buy an IDE desktop hard drive smaller than or equal to 120gb. I hope this helps a little bit. Good luck!
    Can somebody else verify if I'm right about having to stay under 120gb on the emacs?
     
  3. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040

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    you are right with the ide harddrives( ATA100 3.5"drives) but the emac with usb 2.0 has no limit in size i have in two of my eMac's 750gb harddrives in the harddrive bays and another 750gb in the bays of the opticaldrive so there is no internal limit to speak of


    http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/emac/faq/emac-replace-or-upgrade-hard-drive-expansion.html

    btw the eMac is not really designed to be upgradable by the user , but once you done it a couple times it becomes more easy(like with all Mac's apart from the powermac's)
     
  4. raysfan81 macrumors 6502a

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    Wouldn't it be possible to use a SATA hard drive with an adapter like this.
     
  5. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040

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    i never have tried a adapter , not because a adapter would not work , i just do not like s-ata inside , so i would not fit it on purpose , you may ask why , but that is a long long story involving words like windows xp and avid and a asus motherboard since then i avoid s- ata wherever i can and lucky old Mac's do not have s- ata :D

    but this says : s-ata to p-ata but i am not so sure if there is enough space for that adapter as its tight in there ,but it only costs a 5er not much of a loss if it does not fit you could always put it in the sawtooth
     
  6. raysfan81 macrumors 6502a

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    I've never actually opened mine up but I have read guides around the internet. I might try to get a bigger hard drive in there down the road.
     
  7. Giuly macrumors 68040

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    Sure. But it doesn't bypasses drive limits.
     
  8. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040

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    the 1.0 education model and the 1.25 and 1.42 all 3 are usb 2.0 models and can take 2 GB ram used a 167mhz system bus and ata 100 as ide interface while the earlier 1ghz and 800 mhz had 133 bus and only ata 66 , the 700 mhz models have a 100mhz and none of the eMac's had a size limit they all can use harddrives bigger then 128mb and are by now cheap enough that you can take the risc of getting one with bad caps and even the 700mhz models are quiet capable machines , only not as popular as the iMac G4
     
  9. Giuly macrumors 68040

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    Anything below ATA-6 (aka UltraATA-100) has a drive limit of 137GB.
     
  10. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040

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  12. raysfan81 macrumors 6502a

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    Does the MDD single processor have the limit on it?
     
  13. 666sheep macrumors 68040

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    It hasn't. QS 2002 was first Mac with official 48 bit LBA support, so all later models have it as well.
     
  14. raysfan81 macrumors 6502a

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    Sweet, is it supported on both ATA busses (ATA 100 and ATA 66)?
     
  15. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040

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    looks like it my iMac g3 600mhz has ultra ata 66 so with the driver from speedtools it works
     
  16. NorCal Explorer macrumors newbie

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    Be Careful

    I have just upgraded my emac 1.25 ghz hard drive and it wasn't that bad getting into the machine. Extreme caution has to be used when working around the crt which can be lethal. Do some research and look for pdfs on how to tear down an emac. I let mine sit for around 3 weeks to let the capasitors discharge and even then I used jumper cables and a flat tip screw driver to make sure the crt was discharged. One thing you may do instead of going through the hassle of putting a larger drive inside is to just use and external drive for storage. This would be easier than finding a large ide drive for the inside.
     
  17. Intell macrumors P6

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    Way to bump this. (not really)
     
  18. raysfan81 macrumors 6502a

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    Or use a NAS...
     

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