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Biggest Hard Drive A G4 933 Will Support
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Jan 14, 2004, 11:24 AM
 
I have a question for all of you, I need to add a second hard drive to my G4 933 Quicksliver and I would like to know how big of a hard drive my machine will support without adding a new card, and without any performance issues. Also what would be the best drive to buy, I am looking at a Special Edition Western Digital 120 G with the 8 mb of cache. All thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
     
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Jan 14, 2004, 12:30 PM
 
Go with Western Digital, I have never had problems with them. I am pretty sure that the drive you stated will work with no problems. When I upgraded my beige G3 to a 40GB drive, it took it and ran. No special cards or anything! Get the biggest drive you can, you will enjoy it!
     
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Jan 14, 2004, 01:00 PM
 
The WD 120GB drive will work beautifully because it still fits under the 137GB limit that many macs possess.


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Jan 14, 2004, 02:18 PM
 
The QuickSilver 2002 (800, 933, DP 1GHz) series has a 48bit IDE controller. So regardless of the fact that the ATA is spec'd as ATA/66, your machine can handle drives up into the 250GB range, unlike the first QuickSilver line.

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I would also avoid Western Digital. Their SE drives are overrated, especially since every other manufacturer has introduced 8MB cache drives. I personally dislike Western Digital because they make the loudest hard drivs on the planet, IDE or SCSI. I'd recommend a nice 8MB Seagate. The Barracudas are whisper quiet, just as fast as the Western Digital SEs, and Seagate has a far better reputation for quality manufacturing than Western Digital.
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Jan 14, 2004, 02:36 PM
 
Originally posted by PowerMacMan:
The QuickSilver 2002 (800, 933, DP 1GHz) series has a 48bit IDE controller. So regardless of the fact that the ATA is spec'd as ATA/66, your machine can handle drives up into the 250GB range, unlike the first QuickSilver line.
Wow, thanks for the info. While it doesn't do my DP800 any good, I now know my father can install a larger drive in his 933 w/o a PCI adapter.
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Jan 14, 2004, 02:48 PM
 
No problemo. Wasn't something I found out until after I bought my current 933 a month or so ago. It was certainly an added surprise.
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Jan 14, 2004, 02:50 PM
 
Originally posted by PowerMacMan:
The QuickSilver 2002 (800, 933, DP 1GHz) series has a 48bit IDE controller. So regardless of the fact that the ATA is spec'd as ATA/66, your machine can handle drives up into the 250GB range, unlike the first QuickSilver line.

Schwing.

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I would also avoid Western Digital. Their SE drives are overrated, especially since every other manufacturer has introduced 8MB cache drives. I personally dislike Western Digital because they make the loudest hard drivs on the planet, IDE or SCSI. I'd recommend a nice 8MB Seagate. The Barracudas are whisper quiet, just as fast as the Western Digital SEs, and Seagate has a far better reputation for quality manufacturing than Western Digital.
Whoops! My mistake on the drive limit with the Quicksilver. I apologize.

(picking a hard drive is a crapshoot, if there ever was one. In my experience, I've used close to a dozen WD drives through heavy use, all without failure. The noise they generate is negligible.)


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Jan 14, 2004, 05:15 PM
 
Hey, thanks for all the information everybody, I greatly appreciate it!!!!!
     
   
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