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  1. #1
    mdepaladella
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    Arrow What additional hard drive and how?
    Hi,

    I have a PowerMac G4 Dual 867 with a 60GB Hard drive and I need to install an additional Hard Drive. Basically, I only use the Mac for video editing.

    Any recommendation on a hard drive (100 or 120GB)?

    And is there any guide somewhere on a simple step-by-step installation?

    Cheers,

  2. #2
    Badger
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    You can get an Apple service manual in PDF from the site at http://home.earthlink.net/~strahm_s/manuals.html. It has a step-by-step, illustraited section about removing and replacing the hard drive. It also includes adding a second (or third) drive.

    I'll let someone else recommend specific drives or models. I don't have any experience in video work so I can't tell what drives would be suitable.

    Badger

  3. #3
    RobDreugan
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    if you had the money I'd get the biggest drive u could afford, 250gigs +

    It's a very simple installation, but ya definitely take a look at the manual, or additional resources online.

    To install a hard drive, there's really just 2 cables, your data cable and power cable. I haven't even looked to see how it works in my G5, but i know there's at least a datacable dangling down ready to be plugged into a new drive. (I'm sure the power cable isn't that far away from it either..)

    As far as brand, I'd recommend western digital hands down. Find out the seek time on the drive, and the lower it is the better, 6 - 8ms seek time is pretty nice. They also have very good warranties and good customer service. I've used those drives for probably 10 years, with 1 drive going bad, which was replaced and upgraded to a new drive within 5 days.

    Love em.

  4. #4
    Wapa18
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    Quote Originally Posted by RobDreugan
    if you had the money I'd get the biggest drive u could afford, 250gigs +

    if you're gonna get anything bigger than 120 GB in your particular power mac, you're gonna have to get an ATA/133 pci card, because the ATA/100 bus in your mac won't recognize anything over 128 GB.

  5. #5
    Chamorro
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    I can't say for sure if the ATA/100 ceiling is 128GB, since that's the ATA/66 ceiling.

    Anyway, do some research on your ATA bus and the largest HD that can be fully recognized. Then go out and get that size HD, w/ a minimum of 8mb cache. In addition to Western Digital, I'd tell you to compare Seagate, Quantum, IBM/Hitachi (new ones).

  6. #6
    RobDreugan
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    Personally, I wouldn't touch an IDE Seagate if you paid me. In the past they had been notoriously awful. Quantum is slightly better, but IBM does make a pretty sweet drive.

    WD 4 lif3.

    And ya I wasn't even thinking about yer ata100 ceiling. Sorry If I got yer hopes up with a 250 gig drive.

  7. #7
    Chamorro
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    Just to clarify: I've got a Western Digital and love it. I just wanted to offer some options :p

  8. #8
    LFFG
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    SCSI or ATA
    My question would be ... do you go SCSI or ATA?

    If you are editing video the rule used to be you had to go SCSI to assure the high data rates. Is that still true?
    Considering how much cheaper ATA drives are ... is there any reason to go with additional SCSI drives instead of adding an ATA?

    LFFG


    UPDATE 3-19-04:
    Just FYI - I bought a 120gig ATA100 drive yesterday from www.thenerds.net
    Specifically it is a Western Digital Caviar WD1200JB Special Edition - mfg part # (wd1200jb)
    If there is any problem with this choice I will update this post.

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    Chamorro
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    Quote Originally Posted by LFFG
    My question would be ... do you go SCSI or ATA?

    If you are editing video the rule used to be you had to go SCSI to assure the high data rates. Is that still true?
    Considering how much cheaper ATA drives are ... is there any reason to go with additional SCSI drives instead of adding an ATA?

    LFFG
    ATA...just like the reply in your other post! :p

  10. #10
    danielos
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    Check newegg.com for hard drives, they have some good deals.
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...144-122&depa=1
    Western Digital 80gb 7200rpm 8mb cache hard drive for $72 with free shipping.

  11. #11
    RobDreugan
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    There's no real reason to go scsi versus IDE..not any more.

    Unless yer running a business that really needs it, you'd go raid...and you'd know if you needed a raid array. Get an IDE WD drive, and be happy lol.

    Seriously, you've put too much thought into it already. Everyone's pretty much in agreement. =P

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    LFFG
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    Quote Originally Posted by RobDreugan
    Seriously, you've put too much thought into it already. Everyone's pretty much in agreement. =P
    LOL
    Thanks Rob.

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    RobDreugan
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    hehe, I know you just want to be sure.

  14. #14
    mdepaladella
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    Smile What about an external drive?
    Quote Originally Posted by Chamorro
    ATA...just like the reply in your other post! :p
    What about an external drive? No one seems to suggest it and I was actually moving in that direction.

    Anyone with experince with a 7200rpm LaCie external drive?

    There are 160GB, 250GB and 500GB!! But again, with a firewire connection... I would like to get impressions from users.

    Cheers.

  15. #15
    Chamorro
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    Quote Originally Posted by mdepaladella
    What about an external drive? No one seems to suggest it and I was actually moving in that direction.

    Anyone with experince with a 7200rpm LaCie external drive?

    There are 160GB, 250GB and 500GB!! But again, with a firewire connection... I would like to get impressions from users.

    Cheers.
    Most of those are just ATA drives in an external enclosure. I didn't have any prob's going that route (copying old HD to new HD)...sufficient speed. Just make sure you have an Oxford 911 chipset if you're using FireWire 400. Also, if you use Panther ask around and make sure that other Panther/FireWire HD users report no more issues.

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