How To: Adding a Removable IDE drive to a G4

Faeflora

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Mar 14, 2001
I wanted cheap removable hard drive storage for my G4 to archive all my files to and to have a way to store a single project on each disk.

I wanted to use IDE because it's cheap fast, and pretty reliable. I didn't want to use firewire or SCSI because they're more expensive.

I bought a [="http://www.storcase.com/dexpress/de75.asp"]Kingston/Storcase DE75i-A100[/]. It's a half-height removable drive chassis that fits into 5.25 inch bays.

I put it into the 5.25 bay of the G4. It didn't quite fit all the way in (thanks to Apple's nonstandard pseudo-ATX sizing) so I ripped off the ears of the bay chassis with some pliers. It then fit in nicely.

I took the springy door off of the G4 so it didn't sit half open.

Voila. Removable IDE drives from my G4!

I wanted to let ya'all know about this too so you don't have to blow money on removable SCSI drives.

Now, when I fill up my SCSI recording disks or finish a project, I just copy all my files to a removable disk, back up to tape, reformat and start again.
 

Opus2000

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Apr 7, 2001
Good stuff man...that's why I stick with PC's..flexability at it's best with the cases!!! But...that's a whole new argument!!
Peace
Opus
 

Faeflora

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Mar 14, 2001
Actually, I have their 2-bus ATA/66 model coming to me in the mail.

I bought it for $80 i think, from macgurus. The reason I got it was because it comes with SoftRAID which I need for my SCSI audio disks. Softraid costs $130 on it's own so this was a good deal!
 
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