How large of a hard drive on a Powermac Graphite 733mhz?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by California, Oct 30, 2006.

  1. California macrumors 68040


    Aug 21, 2004
    Currently my PM 733mhz Graphite has two hard drives, a 30 and 40gb 7200. Is there a limit on hard drive size on the Powermac G4s? There was a limit to the old G3 iMac's -- they would only recognize 128gb of hard drive space, precluding anyone dropping in a hard drive larger than 120gbs.

    Do you think the same is true for the Powermac?
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    120 GB drives are your best bet without a controller card.
  3. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    Large drive support wasn't introduced until the late 2002 Quicksilver G4's

    If you must have a large drive, you can install an IDE controller PCI card (such as from Sonnet) or a Serial ATA controller card (Sonnet or Firmtek) and then the appropriate drive(s).

    Note that even on the older machines, this is not a limitation on Firewire drives, because they are not using the IDE controller on the Mac logicboard.
  4. California thread starter macrumors 68040


    Aug 21, 2004
    It does have four PCI cards... not sure what they are... scsi drive support and 128 Rage? Does this have anything to do with hard drive support?

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