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    May 25, 2007
    Are hard drives compatible with G4
    I wonder if someone can give me some advice
    We have a number of old powermac g4's at work which are still quite useful for certain tasks.
    I am planning to change the hard drives on them to a faster speed.
    The drives I am planning to use are Western Digital HP P/N 345713-005 WD800JD SATA 80Gb
    Although I know how to change out the drive, I am not sure as to whether these drives are mac compatible.
    Can someone please let me know what is the easiest way to check this - I have been onto WD, website but can't find that model number
    If anyone could advise I would be very greatful

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    May 20, 2008
    2011 13" MBP 2.3ghz, 8gig ram, OS 10.8.5
    Powermac G4 hard drives are mentioned having SATA hard drives. SATA HD's won't work in a Powermac G4 (not a direct swap). If you really need to use these SATA may be able to get an expansion card for the Powermac G4(s) allow the use of SATA HD's.

    Otherwise you need to get IDE drives...just so you know...many Powermac G4 models have a 128gig hard drive size limit.


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    May 18, 2008
    Amberley, Canterbury, New Zealand
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    Use these Mactracker or Mac Specs, Prices, Answers, & Comparison @ - Est. 1996 as your sources of information about what models of PPC G4 will accept which capacity of IDE (also known as ATA) hard drive.
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    harryb2448's Avatar
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    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    iMac, i7 4GHz, 32GB memory, 1TB Blade Drive, OS X.13.4
    As a suggestion look for PATA, formerly IDE, drives and avoid a SATA card like the plague. There is no appreciable speed difference as the system bu speed negates any SATA advantage.
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