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Old Jun 4th, 2003, 04:50 AM   #1
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I have a B&W G3 with a zip drive in it that I rarely use, but need to hold on to for the occassional transfer. I also have to hard drives installed inside the box already.

Would it be possible to pull the zip out and put it into a firewire enclosure therefore freeing up space for a 3rd hard drive inside?

(Why not just get a firewire HD? I actually already have one that is great for backup purposes, but I find there is a bit of lag and performance issues when using it to record to in ProTools as compared to my internal drive. Ideally, I want to put that 60gig drive inside the computer and get a 100gig for backup, just so you know.)

So is this Zip transplant possible?
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As far as I can see my B&W holds 3 HDs on the rack in the bottom.Yours only has room for 2?
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Old Jun 4th, 2003, 11:47 AM   #3
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Sorry if I wasn't clear,

I can physically fit 3 drives but can only connect 4 drives at once (which right now is 2 HDs, 1 Zip, and 1 CDRW drive). If I want to add a 3rd HD, I have to remove the Zip.
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Will these machines only support 2 HD on that IDE?Why not install the third drive in the bay and replace the cable for 3?
Maybe I'm wrong here but I've done it on mine.
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Makes more sense to buy an ata card then get speed and more drive capacity as an external FW case will cost about the same.



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Old Jun 4th, 2003, 02:16 PM   #6
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Well I wouldn't have to buy anything at all if this is possible (the 100gig FW drive I mentioned in the 1st post is not needed immediately). I have an external FW drive that I want to swap out the HD for the internal Zip. I know it seems kind of pointless, but my next powermac will likely hot have the internal zip drive and I'm just future-proofing myself (albeit through a series of baby steps).

I've never done any HD installations but it looks easy enough. I just want to know if this is possible at all.

Sputnik, I don't really understand your second post. I still want to have occassional access to the Zip drive so I don't want to just disconnect it and leave it dormant in there. (Does that make sense?)

I'd like to have 3 HDs within my G3 and a Zip drive in a FW enclosure. What I don't know is will my existing enclosure hold a Zip drive.

Appreciate the feedback guys.
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Old Jun 4th, 2003, 03:15 PM   #7
 
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Sorry I was a little confusing wasnt I?

Here is what I wanted to say-
I have had all this hooked up at once
3 HDs-40/4/4 all on one ATA cable
CD/ZIP on another ATA

No problems.Pick up the right ATA and try it out.
Couple of bucks and it just might work.
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I recently did just what you suggested. The HD in the ZIP bay works great. I have cloned my drive to it and have found that my G3 runs much quiter from it. (that annoying processor chatter has virtually stopped). As for speed I have not noticed any difference, although I am told the Bus speed of that IDE is only 66mhz as opposed to the 100mhz that the other drives are connected to. In my case it was well worth doing. As for you, a FW enclosure would likely cost more than the cost of a used external unit, so I'd rethink that idea.
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"3 HDs-40/4/4 all on one ATA cable" - not in this lifetime or physical universe you didn't. [img]tongue.gif[/img]



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Why not? [img]smile.gif[/img]
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