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  • Internal/External drive for VI and mac

    I'm currently researching which drive to get for Vienna Instrument (with Logic 7)

    I currently have a G5 but will probably be getting a macpro in a couple of months, so ideally I need something I can use in both for easy transfer from the G5 to Macpro.

    Applestore tell me their 750GB drive will NOT work in a G5 due to the casing.

    There is a Seagate 750Gb for about half the price. Has anyone got any experience or advice they can share please?

    Or perhaps an external drive would be better anyway?, if so nay advice in that direction

    Thanks

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    @Another User said:

    Applestore tell me their 750GB drive will NOT work in a G5 due to the casing.
    well, probably they meant *it will not work because its a serial-ATA drive and the G5 doesn't have a serial-ATA connector onboard ...

    btw: seagate is the only vendor offering 750 GB drives so far (using perpendicular recording), so i bet the apple 750 GB drives _are_ seagate ...

    i'd recommend to buy a serial-ATA PCI-card for now and use the 750 GB seagate - you can re-use it in a macPro later then (generally i'd recommend sATA drives because of their performance), just make sure cooling for the drive is sufficient if you are using it for sample streaming
    christian

    and remember: only a CRAY can run an endless loop in just three seconds.
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    @cm said:

    well, probably they meant *it will not work because its a serial-ATA drive and the G5 doesn't have a serial-ATA connector onboard ...


    ???

    I currently have two serial-ATA drives in there and they work OK.

  • so they possibly anticipate a heat issue?
    technically the 750 GB seagate are sATA II (3 Gb/s) whereas your G5 might only have sATA I (1,5 Gb/s) but this should be not the reason since sATA II is downward compatible ... also the physical dimensions of the harddisk are the same like for any other 3,5" drive ....

    but: just called the techie of my favourite apple dealer and there is something to consider (attention! tech-speak):
    some G5-models have sATA (I) controllers which get confused either by the hight data throughput or by NCQ (native command queuing - a feature of all sATA II drives) - you had to deactivate the 3 Gb/s speed http://www.seagate.com/support/kb/disc/ref/sata_jumpers.html.

    if not even this helps, than you'd need to deactivate NCQ on the drive (utility only available for windows).

    if you post details about your G5 (or controller card you are using) we could investigate more in-depth, but i got confirmed seagate 750 drives are running in all G5s ... more or less easy
    christian

    and remember: only a CRAY can run an endless loop in just three seconds.
  • Will do, but you'll need to tell me what info you need as I'm not that techie. This may be a start:

    Machine Name: Power Mac G5
    Machine Model: PowerMac7,2
    CPU Type: PowerPC 970 (2.2)
    Number Of CPUs: 2
    CPU Speed: 2 GHz
    L2 Cache (per CPU): 512 KB
    Memory: 4 GB
    Bus Speed: 1 GHz
    Boot ROM Version: 5.1.4f0

    Thanks for your help.