hardrive compatibility for G3

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by tdub105, Nov 18, 2007.

  1. tdub105 macrumors newbie

    Nov 18, 2007
    Hi all,

    A friend of mine recently gave me an old G3 but the hdd made clicking noises. I need to replace that obviously, but im totally clueless as to what to put in. I just want something that i can plug in and go, without any problems.

  2. tdub105 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 18, 2007
    This one can be trashed.

    Tossed an old hdd i had lying around and its fine.
  3. apearlman macrumors regular

    Aug 8, 2007
    Red Hook, NY
    May have a 128GB limit

    I have a B&W G3, and recall reading somewhere that the stock IDE controller has a limit -- it can't handle drives bigger than 128GB. I've never confirmed this, but read it in enough places that I suspect it may be true. You might check lowendmac.com or some similar site.

    I got around this problem by putting in a SIIG SATA PCI controller card ($60) and a 160GB SATA drive as my boot drive, while leaving the old 20GB IDE drive where it is.

    Hope this helps.


    EDIT: oops, I see you solved your own issue. Ignore my post.

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