iMac 400 dv + ATA/133 Hard drive

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  1. macrumors newbie

    Dec 10, 2003
    Hi, I was wondering if anybody knew if, it is possible to put a Maxtor 40gb ATA/133 hard drive, into my iMac 400 DV. I'm trying to upgrade it to sell it on, as the 10gb HD is just not suitable enough...apparantly.

    If anyone can help, it will be much appreciated. :)
  2. Lanbrown macrumors 6502a

    Mar 20, 2003
    ATA drives are backwards compatible, so an ATA/133 drive can reduce its bus speed to a lower ATA setting. Why would you spend money on a system you are trying to sell? If you spend $50.00 on it, you won't get your $50 back. Why not just lower the price and be done with it?
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 10, 2003
    Well, actually I bought the hard drive around 6 months ago from Maxtor, for my G4, which I never actually needed. But I wanted to make sure I could put it in my iMac without causing any damage to the hard drive, etc... Just being careful. Thank you for the advise.
  4. blue&whiteman macrumors 65816


    Nov 30, 2003
    I run an ata 100 western digital drive off my ata 33 bus and all is well. your imac would be either ata 33 or ata 66 so it would work fine with any ultra ata drive. people even put modern drives in the original 233mhz imacs.
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 10, 2003

    I seem to have a mac isnt recognising the hard drive, when I boot from the Panther install disks and go into the Disk Utility..nothing happens.

    Could the drive be pc formatted? and is there a way round this?

    or, could the computer naturally not take it??

    I've got till monday to get this sorted :(
  6. Finiksa macrumors 6502a


    Feb 23, 2003
    Is the power cable properly connected? What are the drive jumpers set to?

    For an iMac G3 it should be cable select. Failing that there are only three option give each one a go. I have a Maxtor ATA/133 which works fine in my iMac. There isn't much that can go wrong unless you have damaged hardware.
  7. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 10, 2003
    There was only one jumper in it, and that didn't work, so I took it out, and still didn't work.

    With my ATA/100 drive it doesn't really matter if i have jumpers in or not, works the same...

    I guess putting the right jumper configuration in might do to the maxtor web site then.

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