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Old Mar 1st, 2006, 10:55 AM   #1
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How do I make my old Mac recognize a 300GB drive internally?

My mom has a 1999 Mac G4 tower, and has bought a 300GB drive to add to the internal storage.

Apparantly there is a utility to allow the full 300GB drive to be seen without partitioning. Anyone know what it is or where to find/buy it?

Sorry for the noob question - let me know if you know.

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Intech's Hard Disk Speed Tools has an app that will allow you to do this. I can't vouch for it however as I've never tried it.

HDST was indispensable for me in OS9. Now I only use it to benchmark my drives. They also have a buy once get free upgrades for life policy. Too bad that's never caught on.
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Old Mar 1st, 2006, 11:29 AM   #3
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What's wrong with partitioning?
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My mom has a 1999 Mac G4 tower, and has bought a 300GB drive to add to the internal storage.

Apparantly there is a utility to allow the full 300GB drive to be seen without partitioning. Anyone know what it is or where to find/buy it?

Sorry for the noob question - let me know if you know.

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Its going to be too much of a hassle to do it without partitioning it. You could buy an ata board and hook it up to that, but that is probably more money/time than you would want to spend.
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Old Mar 1st, 2006, 11:34 AM   #5
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Go with the ATA card if you're going through with this idea with a 300GB drive - much less of a hassle and much better results.
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Old Mar 1st, 2006, 12:50 PM   #6
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You'd be better off to get one of these:
http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Sonne...nology/TAT133/

Or this one with USB 2 and Firewire added to the ATA card:
http://www.sonnettech.com/product/tempo_trio.html

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Old Mar 1st, 2006, 09:28 PM   #7
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It's my mom's computer - I'm sure she'll upgrade soon enough - she's been on Mac's for 22 years now. She went to the Apple store at Yorkdale and they gave her the name of a utility, but she lost the paper it was written on. I thought I'd ask here.

I'll look into the ATA board - if anyone can recommend one, I'd appreciate it. I'm also going to look into the utility.

Not sure why she doesn't want to partition - something about ensuring the first partition is exactly the right size etc.
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With older G4's she'll only be able to format 128 GB's. You'll need HDST or an ATA card to see the full 300 GB's.
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I think she's going the HDST route for the moment. I think she'd put it in an external enclosure before buying any more hardware (ATA card) unless they're cheap. I'm not sure what specifically she would need regarding the ATA card, so if anyone can point to a specific product, it would be appreciated.

She has a second 300GB external drive already - she was intent on having one internal and one external. The 300GB internal won't be a system drive - just data.
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I'm not sure what specifically she would need regarding the ATA card,
so if anyone can point to a specific product, it would be appreciated.
You can get a Sonnet Tempo 133 ATA Card at Accurate-Tech for $129. CAD
Or at OWC for $78. USD
The Sonnet web site sells it for $99.95 USD

Accurate:
http://www.accurate-tech.com/memory.html
(Scroll to the bottom of the linked page)

Store location:
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