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  1. #1

    Member Since
    Jan 02, 2011
    G4 Hardrive connected to Intel or PPC iMac?
    Hi Everyone,

    I am running the Daylite Server application on an old G4 Quicksilver tower

    The Tower has died and I want to boot the hard drive in order to restore the backup database. I have a PPC G5 iMac and an Intel G5 imac Is it possible to connect the G4 hard drive into either G5?

    I realise it wont fit properly in the G5 case, as long as I can connect it to get the data that would be fine.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Kind regards,

  2. #2

    louishen's Avatar
    Member Since
    Oct 22, 2007
    Mac Mini Core i7 2012 | White 2009 MacBook 2 Ghz | 733 Mhz G4 Quicksilver
    If its in a G4 quicksilver, your best bet is to connect it via USB, by placing the drive in an external housing

    Just type 3.5" ATA enclosure in to Google
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    hughvane's Avatar
    Member Since
    May 18, 2008
    Banks Peninsula, New Zealand
    MacMini 2.4, 8 Gb, OS 10.10 and 10.6; MacBook 2.4, 4 Gb, OS 10.6.8
    Cheaper and perhaps more convenient than an external enclosure is a USB adaptor, like this Sabrent USB-DSC5 Serial ATA or IDE 2.5-/3.5-Inch to USB 2.0 Cable Converter Adapter with Power Supply: Electronics or an equivalent from here sabrent usb 2.0 to ide sata cable for 2.5-inch 3.5-inch 5.25-inch drive with power adapter.

    OWC Search Results for uda at has a more expensive unit.

    You say however that you want "to boot the hard drive in order to restore the backup database". That may be problematic using USB. in which case you may need to consider a firewire external enclosure.
    Please post your Mac (or other) specs and MacOS version in your post, your profile or your signature. It helps us to help you better.

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  4. #4

    harryb2448's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    iMac i5 2.7GHz, 16GB memory, OS 10.11.1.
    hughvane is right on as usual. Your G4 iMac will not boot from USB, even USB2. Must be firewire and make sure you get a mains powered model.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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