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    powermac g4 (agp) upgrade questions
    hi. I was wondering if anyone knew what type of internal hard drive I needed to upgrade a powermac G4 (agp graphics) that was given to me (max GB, Ultra ATA/100 7200 rpm, 8 mb cache, etc...)? Any brand recommendations (Seagate, WD, etc.)? Or if anyone can just give me the whole info on how to best upgrade it to its maximum? that would be great. I did read some info on the mac site but I couldn't find anything on the HD requirements? thank you...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAC1av3lli
    hi. I was wondering if anyone knew what type of internal hard drive I needed to upgrade a powermac G4 (agp graphics) that was given to me (max GB, Ultra ATA/100 7200 rpm, 8 mb cache, etc...)? Any brand recommendations (Seagate, WD, etc.)? Or if anyone can just give me the whole info on how to best upgrade it to its maximum? that would be great. I did read some info on the mac site but I couldn't find anything on the HD requirements? thank you...
    I upgraded mine with 2 80gig western digital ata HDD and with help from this site cloned my HDD form my 30 gig and am working fine.

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    thanks. but what was that site? so does a 160 GB with 7200 rpm and 8 mb cache matter?

    I've never owned a mac desktop and wanted to upgrade this one. should I even bother? I hear people are still using their G3s so...?

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    He meant this site (i.e. Mac-forums). I think that any IDE drive would work in your machine. All ATA devices are supposed to be backwards compatible and the ATA controller on your mother board should be as well. If you want advice on what specific drives work well with your computer check out the database at www.xlr8yourmac.com. Drives that are SCSI or SATA will not work without an expansion card. Bigger (i.e. GB) faster (i.e. RPMs) drives are better. If there is a size limit on the G4 AGPs I am pretty sure it is more than 250 GB.

    Good Luck

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    oops, didn't read that right....thanks!

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