Mac G5 Tower sATA / ultra ATA question

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Christopher11, Feb 27, 2015.

  1. Christopher11 macrumors regular


    Feb 10, 2007
    Please forgive the question regarding older, legacy Macs. It's what I have to work with right now, and I have an issue I could use help with.

    The PSU went on my G4 MDD dual 1.25ghz power pc.

    It has Ultra ATA drives.
    Rather than just replace it, I chose to pick up cheaply a G5 dual 2.0ghz (PCI version) Power PC tower. I even found some ram cheaply and can max it out.

    This G5 uses SATA drives. My issue is: all my data and installed software is on two drives in the previous computer, the G4 I listed above. I would like to just install those hard drives and start up on the G5, with the OS, application and data, etc, just a faster computer.

    Is there a way to adapt the ultra ATA to SATA within the G5 tower? Thanks so much for any replies.
  2. flowrider macrumors 603


    Nov 23, 2012
  3. NOTNlCE macrumors 6502a


    Oct 11, 2013
    DMV Area
    +1 to Lou's recommendation. Someone will move your thread over there, typically.

    I'm not positive on the ease of swapping drives, but the G5 uses an ATA/100 bus on its optical drives. I see no reason why you couldn't just pop your drives into the optical bay and boot up using those, even if just to close to a SATA drive. Should take care of your migration issue.

    It would also depend on the OS you are running. Tiger/Leopard should be fine, anything earlier and you might run into issues.

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