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    Member Since
    May 12, 2011
    Mac G4
    I have a Mac G4 with a 20 GB hard drive on the right side and a 300 GB hard drive on right side of desktop. I would like to make the 300 GB the primary driver but all the operating system is on the 20 GB and will not let me download or us the 300 GB. It shows that the 300 GB is an external drive but I don't know what that means. I just want to know if I can change the two drivers and make the larger driver the primary driver and how. The plugs are not the same so I just can switch the plugs. If anyone has any suggestion I would truly appreciate the help.

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    harryb2448's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    iMac, i7 4GHz, 32GB memory, 1TB Blade Drive, OS X.13.4
    G'day and welcome to the forums.

    Confusing this right side and right side desktop business. What is the G4? Early G4's will not recognize drives over 128GB without using a special tool. If you remove the 20GB drive, assuming it is the internal, replace with the 300GB, will show as either the 128GB, or if a MDD model the full 300GB. If your computer is a desktop G4 a PCI card can be installed to read the full size of the drive:-
    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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    dtravis7's Avatar
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    Jan 04, 2005
    Modesto, Ca.
    iMac 2010 27" QuadI7 OS10.13 iMac 2008 OSX10.11, MBP Late2011OS10.13 , iPad Pro 10.5", iPhone 5s,
    Can you give us a few more specs and details on the Powermac G4?

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