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Even if the hard drive is already spinning, a zero-latency SSD is going to be faster.

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This is another place where the no latency advantage of SSD works to your benefit. This company, which really understands the needs of the legacy Mac user, has developed Multi-Mount , an adapter that lets you install a 2.

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One advantage of an external drive is that you can easily connect it to another Mac to access the data or perhaps even boot from it. The disadvantage, of course, is one more piece of hardware.


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G4 cannot boot from FireWire. SATA 1. In light of that, FireWire may not seem like a realistic option. If you are fortunate enough to have a a Power Mac G4 with FireWire , you have a completely viable alternative to the internal drive bus.

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Another plus: Booting from USB 2. While you can install a USB 2. As for USB 1. These legacy workhorses are very affordable nowadays, and if you already have one, upgrading can give it a new lease on life. A modern third-party controller card also will allow one to get around the limitation, and hacks are possible as well. Technical details, as well as direct links to PDF installation instructions from Apple -- replacing the original drive -- and video installation instructions from site sponsor Other World Computing -- sometimes installing a controller card and another drive in lieu of internal drive replacement -- follow:.

For complete details regarding drive bays in all models, please refer to the applicable specs page for the model of interest.

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How to Install a Hard Drive in the Power Mac G4 (QuickSilver)

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Exception - if the drive is a Western Digital, some of those use a setting of Single when the drive is the only device on the bus. Reply Helpful Thread reply - more options Link to this Post.

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I will double check to make sure the jumper settings are correct. How do I determine if it is or isn't an MDD model? Basic machine specs are included in Mactracker. I boot up the G4 from the 9. Any ideas? Or is it one that came with another Mac? Koooler King Koooler King. If the hard drive is not connected, are you able to boot from the OS CD?

If so, make careful note in the system profile of all installed hardware, ID settings, buses in use, etc.