New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

 
Start a Discussion
 

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

Join the conversation RSS
Apple Desktops Discussion of Apple's desktop machines including Mac Pro, iMac, Power Mac, and mini

Power Mac - How to hook up old imac Hd for extra storage on my G3 Tower


Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

 
Thread Tools
janstrock

 
Member Since: Jun 20, 2006
Posts: 24
janstrock is on a distinguished road
Mac Specs: Power Mac B&W 400 Mhz

janstrock is offline
I have about 5 old imac 6 gig hard drives (yeah I know, 6 gig, but its just collecting dust) sitting around my house. I want to hook one up in my G3 tower for extra MP3 storage.

I have 2 HD cables inside my G3 tower, but when I hook up both hard drives my computer won't start, I get a folder with a question mark. Is there something I have to do with the jumpers on back the hard drives or something. Any input appreicated.
QUOTE Thanks
eric

 
eric's Avatar
 
Member Since: Nov 04, 2006
Location: twin cities, mn, usa
Posts: 8,801
eric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond repute

eric is offline
either switch both drives on one cable to cable select (or CS). or make sure your boot drive is set to primary or master and the other drive to secondary or slave.


edit: you could also get a usb or firewire enclosure and swap between some of these spare drives, or get more than one enclosure.

Please participate in our Member of the Month polls. Every vote counts! And remember to use the user reputation system!
["Dear Homer, I. O. U. one emergency donut. Signed, Homer." - Note by Homer Simpson]
QUOTE Thanks
janstrock

 
Member Since: Jun 20, 2006
Posts: 24
janstrock is on a distinguished road
Mac Specs: Power Mac B&W 400 Mhz

janstrock is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by eric View Post
either switch both drives on one cable to cable select (or CS). or make sure your boot drive is set to primary or master and the other drive to secondary or slave.


edit: you could also get a usb or firewire enclosure and swap between some of these spare drives, or get more than one enclosure.
How to I set the hard drives as primary and bootable, does it have to do with the jumpers on back the HD.

The HD cases are a good idea, I may just go that route if I can't figure it out, thanks for the response.
QUOTE Thanks
Vlad

 
Vlad's Avatar
 
Member Since: Feb 27, 2007
Posts: 39
Vlad has a spectacular aura about
Mac Specs: Dual 1.25 gig G4

Vlad is offline
On the back of the drive next to the ribbon connector are some jumper pins if you look at the case or maybe on the hard drive board you should see some labels for the jumpers. Depending on the manufacture it may be spelled out or the initials ms = master/single, cs = cable select, sl = slave. Eric suggests putting both drivers to cable select. If it works great. I don't really remember what mine are set at, but both my drives have a system on them so i can select the startup drive in system preferences. I assume the 6 gig drive will not be a start up drive. I think both of mine are on master (again not positive and to lazy to look)(I finally looked both are on cable select) so (disregard) if cable select doesn't work then try both on master. If you have a problem with finding the right pins the manufacture usually has specs on all their drives including pin set ups.

"If it don't stink don't stir it" - I'd be lost without my stick
QUOTE Thanks
Vlad

 
Vlad's Avatar
 
Member Since: Feb 27, 2007
Posts: 39
Vlad has a spectacular aura about
Mac Specs: Dual 1.25 gig G4

Vlad is offline
I forgot to ask are the G3 hard drives ide or scsi. I never owned a G3 so I really don't know but if it is like the legacy macs with a scsi drive you may need to set a jumper for an address. Again drive manufactures have that info on there sites.
This is all assuming that both your tower and your old imac use the same type of drive.

"If it don't stink don't stir it" - I'd be lost without my stick
QUOTE Thanks
janstrock

 
Member Since: Jun 20, 2006
Posts: 24
janstrock is on a distinguished road
Mac Specs: Power Mac B&W 400 Mhz

janstrock is offline
Thanks everyone, I will try the jumpers tonight. I did break down and buy a external HD case on ebay for $20 shipped. Although I have 2 more hard drvies to use, still want to use one internally if I can. I will keep everyone posted.

I'm a graphic artist, and just want to use the 6 gig for current projects and maybe the external HD for MP3's and such so I can hook it up to my car stereo that has a USB port

I am almost positive these g3 harddrives are IDE.

Thanks again.
QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe


« Upgrade MacBook Pro ram from 1GB to 2GB | Mac Pro PSU buzz »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Apple Pulls Plug on Original iMac schweb Apple Rumors and Reports 7 09-13-2006 05:38 PM
Is it worth to switch from iMac G4 to iMac G5?? Mainyehc Apple Desktops 12 03-13-2006 07:21 PM
iMac G5: Noisy fan!! Mainyehc Apple Desktops 31 12-14-2005 11:00 PM
The Return of an Apple Cube... as an iMac? [Updated] Murlyn Apple Desktops 10 11-13-2003 11:50 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:04 PM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
X

Welcome to Mac-Forums.com

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!


(4 digit year)

Already a member?