PowerPC Mac Mini

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by 808?, Dec 5, 2011.

  1. 808? macrumors 6502a

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    PowerMac 10,1 - can I use a newer larger harddrive from my new Macmini4,1?

    I realise the PPC Mini uses an ATA-6 interface and the Intel Mini uses SATA 3.
     
  2. zen.state macrumors 68020

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    You would need a SATA to IDE interface converter but I doubt you could get it to fit without some modification and they can also cause data corruption.

    Your best bet is to sell the SATA drive and use the money to put toward a new 2.5" IDE.
     
  3. 808? thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Many thanks for the reply.

    May just be easier to keep the boot drive as is on the old 80GB IDE internal and get a much larger external drive via USB or FW400.
     
  4. zen.state macrumors 68020

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    That works also. You can also boot from a FW drive.
     
  5. adcx64 macrumors 65816

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    You would see a reasonable performance boost if you were to make the FireWire drive your boot drive.
     
  6. tom vilsack macrumors 68000

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    i used to have a ppc mini....i ran leopard after upgrades

    besides upgrading the mem to 1 gig...i found upgrading the internal harddrive to a more modern (as modern as ide is these days) made a hugh difference...i fact it made a way bigger diff then even the mem upgrade ...as far as speed went...

    ps: use a medal putty knife to open case...slide in sides and then pull outward...both mem and hd upgrades nice and easy on a ppc mini
     
  7. hobo.mac macrumors newbie

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    You need IDE/PATA, such as Samsung HM160HC, just installed one on mine Mini
     

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