: Hard Drive Limit for G4?


IronMac
Jan 26th, 2004, 03:20 PM
Hi all, my g/f just purchased Panther for me from her school so I can upgrade from 10.1.5 on my G4 933. It currently has, as its main drive, one of those infamous IBM DeathStars. I'm considering yanking that out and replacing it with a new Maxtor or WD HD.

My question is, how big of a HD can I go? Been finding a lot of conflicting information on the web so any information/pointers would be appreciated. Thanks!

monokitty
Jan 26th, 2004, 03:33 PM
You can add a hard drive with a maximum size up to 120 GB in size. After that, you'd need to add a PCI-based ATA card to add hard drives that are bigger than that.

IronMac
Jan 26th, 2004, 03:53 PM
I've heard that for those who have Jag and up that they can exceed that 120 gig limit. Is that true?

monokitty
Jan 26th, 2004, 03:57 PM
I've heard that for those who have Jag and up that they can exceed that 120 gig limit. Is that true?True - to an extent. Power Mac G5's, new eMacs, new iMacs and MDD Power Mac G4's running Mac OS X can do this. Unfortunately, your G4 isn't in any of the mentioned catergories of Macs - unless your 933 was a MDD, but I'm pretty sure it's a Quicksilver.

IronMac
Jan 26th, 2004, 04:00 PM
Rats...forgot to mention that...yes, it's a Quicksilver.

PosterBoy
Jan 26th, 2004, 04:01 PM
For a Mac to support a hard drive larger than 128GB out of the box, it has to be a newer machine (MDD G4 or newer) and the drive must be formatted with Mac OS X 10.2 or later.

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=86178

IronMac
Jan 26th, 2004, 04:08 PM
Hrmm...the info above contradicts this post I found over on DealChat:

http://forums.dealmac.com/read.html/f=1/i=1552973/t=1552519#reply_1552973

IronMac
Jan 26th, 2004, 04:11 PM
Maybe I should play it safe and simply get a new WD 120 gigger.

IronMac
Jan 26th, 2004, 07:36 PM
Wait...more info...

http://www.accelerateyourmac.com/IDE/big_ide_drive_support.html#storytop

gordguide
Jan 26th, 2004, 09:22 PM
I can tell you that they don't work in mine.

QS 867/2MB
Apple part # M8360LL/A

(I have an IDE card for my 200GB drive).