Will a hard drive from my PowerBook work with an iMac G3?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by JCLrox, Jul 21, 2012.

  1. JCLrox macrumors regular

    JCLrox

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    I took the hard drive out of my PowerBook G4 (2004) and I'm thinking of getting an enclosure for it and using it as an external drive for my iMac G3. Will this drive work with my iMac?
     
  2. zen.state macrumors 68020

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    It will work fine but keep in mind that an imac G3 has USB 1.1 which equals a 500-800KB/sec transfer rate in the real world. Fine for documents and music but thats about it.
     
  3. AdrianK macrumors 68020

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    Alternatively you could get a FireWire 400 enclosure, should you need higher bandwidth than zen.state mentioned.

    EDIT: Just noticed that not all iMac G3s have FW.
     
  4. JCLrox thread starter macrumors regular

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    That's great, thank you! I will be able to boot off of the drive, right?
     
  5. Intell macrumors P6

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    Yes, but only on the slot loading G3 iMacs. It may fuss at first, but it'll be able to boot from it. Also remember, it will be very, very slow over USB.
     
  6. JCLrox thread starter macrumors regular

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    It's a slot loader, so I'm in luck! Thanks again!
     
  7. justperry macrumors 604

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    Firewire yes, USB no

    I never been able to boot of a external on My G3 and G4 systems.
     
  8. Intell macrumors P6

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    PowerPC Macs starting with the slot loading G3 iMac can startup from a USB device. Even Apple states it as possible: https://support.apple.com/kb/TA25908

    Second paragraph:
     
  9. 666sheep macrumors 68040

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    So you can speak for yourself only ;)
     
  10. PowerPCMacMan macrumors 6502a

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    I tend to differ on this subject. Using open firmware and the following:

    boot ud:,\\:tbxi - I am able to boot off my external USB superdrive and also other USB devices and strange enough it does boot rather quick on my end. I have also successfully booted from USB flash drives using this command.

    The only drawback is that when you hold down OPTION at start up, the boot manager doesn't bring up the USB device - This is probably where some think the PPC's can't boot off USB, but using the open firmware command above will show that it does indeed work.

    I have tested this on a G5 Quad, PowerBook G4 Pismo(yes, it is a G4 thanks to the 550 Wegener upgrade), and currently using a flash drive to boot Leopard on my G4 PowerBook 1.67.

    There are a lot of websites on how to boot a PowerPC mac using a USB 2.0 drive.


     
  11. Intell macrumors P6

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    The Startup pref pane will also see a USB drive and select it as the bootable drive. When restarting the Mac, it'll boot from it.
     

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