G4 and Hitachi HDT721064SLA360 SATA

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Patth9, Feb 22, 2014.

  1. Patth9 macrumors regular


    Jun 28, 2007
    I have my Model: Hitachi HDT721064SLA360 SATA hard drive installed in my G5, but I can't figure out the constant loud noise coming from the G5, so I want to install the Hitachi HDT721064SLA360 into my G4. Is there any reason this hard drive will not work in a G4?

  2. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    G4's do not have SATA abilities, they are only PATA.
  3. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    You'll need to install a SATA PCI card in the G4 Mac. You can either buy a PC one on eBay or somewhere else and flash it to Mac using a PC or you can buy a Sonnet or some other type of Mac SATA PCI card.

    Generally, the Sonnet or other Mac SATA PCI cards run around $80. Buying a PC card and flashing it yourself will cost about $10 and a bit of your time and expertise. If you buy the PC card and flash it usually it doesn't come with cables. So, you'll need to purchase the SATA data cables and Molex to SATA power lead splitter, or a Molex to Molex cable if your SATA drive supports Molex power.

    As Intell has said, G4 PowerMacs are PATA (IDE).

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