View Full Version : What hard drive for B&W G3?

27th March 2005, 10:01 PM
I was planning on adding another hard drive to my B&W G3. I was wondering what sort of hard drive to buy? I read somewhere that the B&W only has one ATA port, but I know that there are spaces for two Hard Drives. Do I need IDE or SCSI or what? I'm so confused!

Will I be able to walk into any PC shop and buy the HD I need? I need it pretty soon and aren't very keen on ordering over the internet. Do Apple Resellers normally have internal hard drives?

Thanks for your thoughts

27th March 2005, 10:15 PM
Any ATA IDE hard drives would work. And yes, you can put the hard drives that you can get a PC stores. Its cheaper that way too ;)

27th March 2005, 11:10 PM
a 40 pin ide hard drive will be fine in a blue and white, you might have some issues if you have a revision 1 logic board tho, diffrences with revision 1 and 2 logic boards is the cmd ide chip next to the 4th 64bit pci slot.

PCI646U2 = Revision 1.
PCI646U2-402 = Revision 2.

If you have a revision 2 board sould be sweet with any drive if you have revision 1 might run into some trouble, check out the data base at xlr8yourmac.

28th March 2005, 09:34 AM
Thanks for all your help. Am desperately running out of space on the 12gig and plan to buy another HD from the local PC store today.

28th March 2005, 10:27 AM
The only limitation is that the HD can't be larger than 140Gb due to limitations in the ATA bus of the machine.

28th March 2005, 08:29 PM
Actually, Curra, the limit is 136GB. However, there's no such thing as a 136GB HD, so the largest drive you can really put in is a 120.

For the record, when you go get the HD, get a Seagate, they're the best brand IMHO. :)

29th March 2005, 01:02 PM
Keep in mind the B&W IDE bus is ATA33 - in theory 33MB/sec - so I wouldn't go out and get the fastest drive you can, get a tradeoff of a slightly slower drive with a larger capacity perhaps. The ATA33 will at times be a bottleneck for fast drives.

And yeah I like Seagate too - they keep going, are near silent and their RMA process is relatively pain free if the drive ever does die (had an 80GB PATA do that a while back)