G4 Dual 1.33ghz Xserve Questions

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by iGrant, Jun 21, 2010.

  1. iGrant macrumors 6502a

    Sep 20, 2006
    Hey Guys,

    I know I started another thread, but my dad's buddy that was going to sell me an intel xserve for cheap just gave me an old but in good shape G4 1.33ghz Xserve for free (I will be picking it up this coming weekend), the only thing it doesn't have are hard drives, but all the trays are there, and none of them are fake trays which is nice. I figure for free, its going to be something fun to play with.

    My question is can I just slap any kind of pata hard drives in the G4 Xserve and what is the maximum hard drive I can install in the 1.33ghz Xserve?

  2. Flash SWT macrumors 6502

    Flash SWT

    Mar 14, 2009
    Houston, TX
    I haven't been able to find a definitive answer and it looks like the largest drive Apple shipped with that model was 180 GB.

    However it does have an Ultra ATA/133 bus so it shouldn't be limited to any drive size by the hardware bus unless Apple has added some sort of limiter.

  3. chrismacguy macrumors 68000

    Feb 13, 2009
    United Kingdom
    Id try any old drive, because despite What the max Apple ships is, you can normally go much higher, since that G4 wont have a limit on it - It should be good up to 4TB or so capacity.
  4. Yoursh macrumors 6502

    May 28, 2006
    I upgraded my old single 1.33 G4 Xserve with third party drives. It had one stock 60GB drive and a 180GB drive from Apple. I bought 2 used drive caddies and installed 2 500Gb Seagate drives in them. They ran fine for 3 years till I upgraded to a Mac mini server earlier this year. Using third party drives should work for you too.

    As for max drive size, I'm unsure. Apple only sold PATA drives caddies up to 750GB. So theoretically you should be able to use 750GB drives without any issue. Anything bigger is an unknown. You could try, but make sure you can return the drives if you need to.

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