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Extra EIDE internal drive for G5
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ussubs
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Jun 28, 2008, 06:52 PM
 
I bought a Western Digital 500 GB EIDE drive today that supposedly Mac compatible.

Can I just plug this into the second drive bay of my G5 Dual 2Ghz? The drive instructions say something about possibly needing another serial ATA controller.

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Jun 28, 2008, 07:32 PM
 
There haven't been "Mac" and "PC" hard drives in at least a decade, but you still need to buy the type of hard drive that is compatible with your equipment. Your G5 takes SATA hard drives, not (E)IDE; you may be able to jerry rig something with the connector from the optical drive (which are IDE) to get it working.
     
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Jul 3, 2008, 03:47 PM
 
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Like mduell said, it's possible, but you have to connect it to the PATA controller that the optical drive is connected to. You'll have to replace the IDE cable with another one with three connectors. If you want to place the drive in the standard drive bay, you might have trouble routing the IDE and power cable there. You'll have to get power from the optical drive's power cable via an Y-adapter or from the drive bay's SATA power cable via another adapter. I put an IDE drive into my G5 as a third drive, I sqeezed it into the free space above the optical drive and below the top wall of the case. It's easier to get the cabling there compared to the standard drive bays...
     
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Jul 4, 2008, 04:53 AM
 
It would be easier if you had bought a SATA drive, then you could plug it into the second harddrive bay. (Or do you already have two harddrives installed in your Mac?)

Just send the PATA drive back and get the SATA version of it instead.

PS Note that you don't have to return the drive, because it's somehow not `Mac compatible', every modern harddrive is, but because newer computers use SATA (serial ATA) instead of EIDE (= PATA = parallel ATA).
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Jul 6, 2008, 01:49 PM
 
Another option is to get an internal EIDE/ATA card, and connect the drive to that. You will have to put a Y adapter on one of the internal power connectors to supply power to the drive. You can make it work.
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Jul 6, 2008, 08:16 PM
 
Originally Posted by ChrisB View Post
Another option is to get an internal EIDE/ATA card, and connect the drive to that. You will have to put a Y adapter on one of the internal power connectors to supply power to the drive. You can make it work.
Why add the cost and extra cabling when SATA drives are readily available and often cheaper?
     
   
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