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mac4mack
18th June 2004, 12:26 PM
What type of 120gb drive do I need for a G4pb? Looked on ebay (which, by the way is awfully slow to load on my mac), and most drives are 'IDE', followed by SCSI, and SATA. As far as I can tell, SATA is only for PC's, but would an 'IDE' or 'SCSI' work? I like the firewire 800s on the 'OWC', (US) website, but they are $277 US, with postage, and I'm unsure about tracking and warranty. 'Bright Spark drives (ebay) are cheaper in the non-apple section, just have to make sure it's the right one. Does anyone know if the 2MB cache and firewire 400 will make it too slow? All I want to do is make a copy of my HD so I can preserve software downloads in case of an emergency, then use the rest of the space to back up text-only files. Nothing like graphics, DVD's or anything. I read the sticky in the OCAU site, and it sounds like a lot of people have to return drives- I don't want to waste money if I can just buy a cheapie for now and wait for technology to improve and buy a little keychain with the same GB capacity a few years down the track. Thanks.

Disko
18th June 2004, 12:33 PM
is it a new G4 powerbook? If it is - then it may have FW800 on the side - that's if you're really worried about speed. FW400 doesn't seem to limit mine at all.

If you're connecting it as an external HD through firewire at all - then the type really wouldn't matter. Also: i'd reccomend getting one via one of our sponsors namley epowermac (http://www.epowermac.com.au/aftrack.asp?ID=4), as they specialise in FW HDs.

What i did was buy just a FW case - and then i can upgrade the HD myself when bigger models become available.

I hope this helps?

estoyloco
18th June 2004, 12:44 PM
yeah get FW over USB2.0. im pretty sure EPOWERMAC sells the OWC drives on their site and they are pretty reasonably priced too. they are called icecube or something on that site. but they have new ones now so not sure if they still stock the one your looking for.

Bright Sparks i have dealt with personally and can say that he is good. He uses macs so he knows what runs well with them etc.

His cases are fine for what you need and you most likely wont need the FW800, you can still stream video off a FW400 if needed anyways.

I would get a cheapy off him and if you live in melb he will allow pickup (so no delivery fee)

you can get a USB and FW drive from bright sparks 120GB HDD for $219 i think.

If you look around ebay tho you could pick up a case for $50 and a drive from your local computer shop for $130 with 8mb cache.. i have heard that SEAGATE are very reliable and quiet.

mac4mack
18th June 2004, 02:09 PM
Yes, it has FW 800.I read somewhere that they were twice as fast as 400, but also other guys saying it was about the same.I thought of putting all of the stuff I had accumululated on the external, and then erasing my hard drive- if this would make it run faster- just can't believe how slow ebay is- although I've got a lot of downloads at the moment and have just downloaded 'netscape 7.?' hwich was a loot of GB. The 'Mercury' FW800 from 'OWC' works out at $400 AUS, but it's FW800, though I don't know how long it would take to get here.Will probably go for a "Bright Sparks" or "Ice cube"

purana
18th June 2004, 02:40 PM
Originally posted by mac4mack@Jun 18 2004, 02:09 PM
Yes, it has FW 800.I read somewhere that they were twice as fast as 400, but also other guys saying it was about the same.I thought of putting all of the stuff I had accumululated on the external, and then erasing my hard drive- if this would make it run faster- just can't believe how slow ebay is- although I've got a lot of downloads at the moment and have just downloaded 'netscape 7.?' hwich was a loot of GB. The 'Mercury' FW800 from 'OWC' works out at $400 AUS, but it's FW800, though I don't know how long it would take to get here.Will probably go for a "Bright Sparks" or "Ice cube"
I have a ice cube and can't fault it. Nice case. Works great on PC or Apple machines. The new generation ones look nice too.

I had a 120gb Seagate 8MB Cache IDE drive in it, but its now got a 60gb Seagate, as I ended up putting the 120 into my PeeCee

mac4mack
18th June 2004, 04:42 PM
Thank you all very much for your help..Saved me time and worry, though now I'm thinkind about a 2.5" drive