Installing two SATA drives in a Quicksilver 2002

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  1. i2blong macrumors newbie

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    I have two drives in my Quicksilver 2002 G4, one is a 250GB which can be fully used, the other an 80GB. Can U rid both of these drives and install two SATA 1.5TB drives? I do not want to use the PCI slots for a SCSI card and wire additional drives that way, because the transfer speed will be limited to 40mbps I believe. I have a Sonnet card a dual PPC 1,8Ghz card, a PCI USB 2.0 card and have other open PCI slots, but finally ran out of storage, and have a use for this machine to hold a LOT more. Other than the transfer speeds possible on SATA, are there any other differences between the original IDE (ATA) drives? Do they connect the same way? Any help?
     
  2. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    The PM comes with IDE (PATA) drives.

    PATA and SATA drives do not have the same cabling. So you will need a PCI card that supports SATA HDs to connect and use SATA drives.
     
  3. i2blong thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Does a pci card that has capability to support SATA hard drives use a slower bus for processing? Are there any PATA drives that are over 1TB? That might solve the problem of storage, but the largest I just found was 500GB, which is too small.
     
  4. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    I'm not sure of the PCI bus on the PM933. I think that it's 66. The system bus is 133.

    The largest PATA drives that I've seen are 500GB.

    You could get a PCI SATA card like this one:

    http://www.sonnettech.com/product/tempo_serial_ata.html

    Sonnet Tech cards reliable but expensive.

    I found a similar card from a different manufacturer for my PC that cost about $20. It works fine.
     
  5. Qianlong macrumors regular

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    If you want to use sata HDDs inside the QS G4 you must buy a PCI SATA card. You can't buy any pc branded card, it must be a card with a mac compatible controller chip.

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Sonnet Technology/TSATA/

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Firmtek/FTST1S2/

    and you'll also need a sata power adapter.

    http://www.endpcnoise.com/cgi-bin/e/std/sku=SATA_power

    I also wanted to upgrade my QS G4 with some sata drives, but I think it's cheaper and faster to built or buy an external firewire HDD case.

    http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/firewire/add-ons-and-hubs/enclosure-kits
     

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