This must be hard drive failure season for me. It hasn't happened yet, but the hard drive in the powermac at the university that I use as a webhost is going through death throes. Its almost six years old, and has been on 24/7/365 since it was bought, so it isn't terribly surprising.<br><br>I'd like to just pick up a cheap 20-40 GB drive to stick in there, but I've only looked inside one of those things once, and since I don't own it I don't want to screw it up. The model is: Powermac G4 400MHz (Sawtooth)<br><br>Is this the type of interface I need?<br><br>Interface = ATA Ultra-100<br><br>Thanks.<br><br>
Loc: Yuba City, California
So why don't you just find a cheap-o ATA drive and put it in there. <br><br>Staples has this 80Gb Drive for 80 dollars.<br><br>Best Buy has this one for 90 dollars.<br><br>All you'd really have to do is add the new drive to any available drive bay and copy the entire contents of the old drive to the new drive and select the new drive as your startup volume and your all set.<br><br>Maxtor drives come with simplified installation instructions.<br><br>
I can tell you what they say is 100% tru because I had the exact same model and the crappy IBM drive in it died. That was 4 years ago. I just bought a Maxtor and swapped it out and it worked fine.<br><br>
Excellent. I just bought a Maxtor.<br><br>So far I've had Western Digital, LaCie, Hitachi and IBM fail at one point or another. I know its just coincidence, but why not go with what works and the three Maxtors I've had worked.<br><br>
The old drive is still kicking and everything is backed up, so I didn't rush ship the new one (ground shipping was free). <br><br>I opened up the case and looked inside. It looks like there is a spot for an additional drive right next to the old one on the floor of the tower? There also appears to be an extra attachment to the power supply sitting free. I wonder, do these drives usually come with cables or do I have to supply that stuff myself?<br><br>
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