PowerMac Hard Drives N Stuff...

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When it comes to adding an additional Hard Drive to a PowerMac G5 does it have to be a "IBM (Hitachi) Deskstar 7K" or can it be any SATA i.e. Maxtor, Seagate or Samsung etc.

Finally can anyone recommend me some decent 5.1 optical speakers at a reasonable price? or a 5.1 sound card for Mac.

Thanks :)
 

livingfortoday

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Apple uses different brands of SATA drives in the different PowerMac revisions, so you can add any brand of SATA drive you want in there.
 
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Thanks guys, I was thinking of getting a seagate :) thanks iGary. On a side note does anyone have any 5.1 speakers they would recommend for a powermac?
 
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livingfortoday

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iGary said:
Get an additional Seagate - nice and quiet.
Yeah, I second that. I just put a Seagate in my Cube, and the thing is silent. Even when it's under heavy load I can barely hear it.

Of course, in the Cube quiet is important... in a Powermac... well, I'm sitting next to a G5 now, and they're noisy as hell.
 
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pubwvj

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iGary said:
The Maxtors that come with are noisy as hell.
This used to be the case. I have a Maxtor 250GB that is almost totally silent. Very fast and nice drive. It revamps my opinion of Maxtor which used to be pretty low.
 
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pubwvj said:
This used to be the case. I have a Maxtor 250GB that is almost totally silent. Very fast and nice drive. It revamps my opinion of Maxtor which used to be pretty low.
Well the one in my three-week-old PM is the loudest I have ever heard.

Probably ready to blow up.
 
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TMA

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I'm holding out to upgrade my Powermac G5's Hard drive. Hitachi have just released a 500gb SATA drive and they are the first to do so. I'm waiting for Seagate to do the same and I plan to snap up 2. 1Tb of internal storage here we come! I just don't really trust hitachi drives from all the horror stories of 'Deathstars' (A play on Deskstar, Hitachi's name for the drives)

So another vote for Seagate from me. I believe they have a 5 year warranty and have always behaved well for me. They're usually very quiet too.
 
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nickgoldman

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Does anyone know if the powermac can support the 500gb hitachi drive
or what the maximum size is
 
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iEdd

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livingfortoday said:
in a Powermac... well, I'm sitting next to a G5 now, and they're noisy as hell.
I am on mine, I muted my music as I read your post and I can't even hear it making a sound (other than a light fan running, but very quietly)
 
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nickgoldman said:
Does anyone know if the powermac can support the 500gb hitachi drive
or what the maximum size is
I am pretty sure it can, as the max is 1TB over two bays. (check apple site.)
 
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RobHague

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I checked my system specs and i have a Maxtor drive in mine. 250Gb like pubwjv and its pretty quiet. I mean i cant hear it over the fan noise the G5 makes normally.

But i did have a 160GB maxtor once i had in my main pc, that wasent the quietest drive in the world.

nickgoldman said:
according to apples site it says 800gb
http://www.apple.com/powermac/expansion.html
I think thats just down to the fact that Apple's BTO's go upto a max of 2x400GB
 
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link92

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The limit is 144PB for each drive, so 288PB max. (1 Pegabyte = 1,000,000 Gigabytes).

I had 2 Maxtor's go wrong in my G5 after 4 days. They got replaced under warranty and I now have two Hitachi Deskstars (250GB each), no complaints about them.
 
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