PowerMac G5 recognize an external SATA HDD connnected via a (SATA to USB 3.0) adapter

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  1. ThinkFast macrumors newbie

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    Would a PowerMac G5 with a SATA-1 bus running OSX 10.4.11, recognize an external SATA HDD connected to the internal SATA port via a [SATA to USB 3.0] adapter cable?
     
  2. Altemose macrumors G3

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    Most of those adapters are designed to connect to the SATA port on the hard drive and the USB port on the computer.
     
  3. ThinkFast thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Are you saving you don't think it will work in reverse or just making an observation?
     
  4. Altemose macrumors G3

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    Both...


    If you can somehow get the proper cables it may work if it is just a regular hard drive in a dumb enclosure but with some of the built in controllers and chipsets on external hard drives these days it is getting harder for something like this to work.
     
  5. RedCroissant Suspended

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    I think it would but you would have to go with an external HDD docking station due to the fact that they are meant to house bare HDDs and are more than likely not proprietary and will allow an external HDD to be connected via eSATA.

    You can get a thermal take external HDD docking station or a NewerTech one from OWC that has eSATA/USB 3.0/FW400/FW800 ports.
     
  6. ThinkFast thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Sorry if I didn't make this clear in the OP, but I intend to connect the USB 3.0 end of the cable to a WXP PC USB 3.0 port and the SATA end to the PowerMac G5 HDD Controller SATA connector. And I agree that this type of adapter was not necessarily designed to do this. That's why I'm posting this here before I waste my money buying the adapter.

    Thanks in advance.

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    FW800 ports? I will consider this alternative as well.
     
  7. poiihy macrumors 68020

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    So what are you trying to do? Are you trying to read the other hard drives in the G5 from the PC or are you trying to read the PC from the G5? Or what? :confused:
     
  8. ThinkFast thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm trying to read/backup data on the PC from the G5?
     
  9. poiihy macrumors 68020

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    Oh well then that obviously wouldn't work :p
     
  10. Altemose macrumors G3

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    You then would plug the hard drive right into the G5 over USB, not SATA.
     
  11. Altemose macrumors G3

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    No. In that case it would not work. You would need to either pull the drive out of the PC to read it on the G5 or put the G5 into TDM to read the data on the PC.
     
  12. ThinkFast thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ok. Thanks. I will either mount the drive in the PMG5 or get a external FW800 housing for it. Wish I could put a PC into TDM.
     
  13. Altemose macrumors G3

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    A USB housing would work too and are a bit more affordable.
     
  14. poiihy macrumors 68020

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    And more compatible and universal.

    Why are firewire devices so much more expensive than USB devices? I've noticed that Firewire enclosures have a lot of chips, and make a lot of heat, whereas USB enclosures usually have one really tiny chip. Probably because of the daisy-chaining feature. This is probably why they are more expensive. Also maybe because of licensing or something like that.

    Firewire is already obsolete now (lol) so I recommend getting a USB 3.0 enclosure. They're faster than FireWire 800, work with nearly any computer :). Don't get USB 2 because it will bottleneck the hard drive and you won't be able to get the full speed of the hard drive on newer computers with USB 3.
     
  15. weckart macrumors 68040

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    FireWire devices have their own controller onboard and can talk to each other without a host PC. All USB calls are routed through the host CPU. That is why TDM mode (and previously SCSI mode) is possible whilst USB mode is not.
     

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