G4: Can you run an IDE/EIDE/ATA HD on the ATAPI cable?

Posted by: Quourteous

G4: Can you run an IDE/EIDE/ATA HD on the ATAPI cable? - 04/08/09 10:07 AM

The zip drive in my G4 sawtooth is now ballast and it would be handy to put an extra hard drive in its place. I recall connecting a HD to the ATAPI ribbon connector once in an emergency, and it read fine -- but will the computer read and write consistently and reliaby in this configuration? Thanks....
Posted by: dbculp

Re: G4: Can you run an IDE/EIDE/ATA HD on the ATAPI cable? - 04/08/09 01:07 PM

It will work fine. Jumper it like the ZIP was (probably either slave or c/s). If 120 GB is enough storage for you then you'll avoid the issues required to run the larger drives. If you're going to be using the drive a lot you should get a drive with an 8MB cache and you might want to invest in a new 80-wire ATA cable.
Posted by: mordaskyt

Re: G4: Can you run an IDE/EIDE/ATA HD on the ATAPI cable? - 04/08/09 05:53 PM

It should be able to read up to 120gb fine. I do not believe there is a difference between the two buses.
Posted by: maestro

Re: G4: Can you run an IDE/EIDE/ATA HD on the ATAPI cable? - 04/13/09 08:09 AM

Just so you know, any time you are using that optical and the HD, it will slooooow down. Pick up a cheap ata card and enjoy much more speed.

-maestro