internal HD for old AGP G4 ?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by mikeshep, Jun 2, 2011.

  1. mikeshep macrumors newbie

    Apr 23, 2008
    Hi, pretty straightforward question. Haven't shopped HDs in awhile but i just need some good advice on a good 80G or bigger, internal HD that'll work well in a G4 "sawtooth" desktop. This is one i've pulled out of storage and it only has the stock 20G (?) HD in it. I'd like to spend well below $100 : ) Any advice 1)the specific HD type required...2) reliable choice and 3) best prices online these days -- very greatly appreciated!


  2. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    You need an IDE/EIDE/PATA drive. Its all the same connector, just called different things. You need a desktop, 3.5", sized one. The fastest rpm, speed of the spinning parts, is 7,200 rpm. Try to get that speed. Lastly, because of the age of your Mac, it can only use a drive that is 128Gb or smaller. So try to find a 120Gb one.
  3. morespce54 macrumors 65816


    Apr 30, 2004
    Around the World
    Which is the hard part (at least, if you're looking for a bran new drive)... The good news is if you can find one, you'll probably pay way less than $100.
  4. mikeshep thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 23, 2008

    I had some vague recollection about the capacity limit thing i.e. 128G... thanks for reminding me. I guess there are plenty of 120G options and that's plenty of space for my needs for this particular box. I just wish they weren't listed under the multiple identifiers ( ie.IDE/EIDE/PATA) - it slows down my search...

    Guessing anything from NewEgg, OWC or Tiger Direct in a Seagate or WD model should be fine...

    Pricewise, any great bargain-drive sites I might check out?

    Thanks again,

  5. gobigorange macrumors member

    Sep 8, 2010
  6. mikeshep thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 23, 2008

    hey, appreciate the links! ... 120G should really be more than enough plus i'll probably have a FW external on it...

    re: the $17 deal..yeah, that's interesting... i've always been a little skeptical about those 'Recertified' Drives though:confused: (especially with the short warranties they usually have)

  7. RPJones macrumors newbie

    Oct 8, 2009
  8. mikeshep thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 23, 2008
    ;) Yeah no question there...I have lots of Macs around including this one just collecting dust and needed
    to put something in an office to replace a Beige G3!

    Just being frugal i guess - but...must admit a(nother) Mac Mini was my first impulse --might do that anyway actually -- especially if i can pick up a cheap dual-core one with maxed RAM.
  9. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    If you're going to keep your old school Mac running, do what RPJones suggests and buy the Sonnet card (the FirmTek one is also good, but for such an old computer the Sonnet is much cheaper--a bit over $60 from Amazon, for example).

    You then bypass the fact that just about any PATA drive you're going to buy now, even if "new," is probably old stock that's been sitting on a shelf for years. You also now have the option of getting at least half a TB for under $50 shipped, 1TB for not much more, 2TB for $60 shipped after rebate, or (from Newegg) a 640GB 7200RPM open-box for $35 shipped.

    $122 is a lot more than $23, but then 2 terabytes under full warranty and with the option of adding a second modern drive is a whole heck of a lot bigger than 80 recertified gigabytes.

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