A pci card?

Discussion in 'Computing' started by ryanwalters, Oct 22, 2006.

  1. ryanwalters

    ryanwalters Guest

    Alright I just got a maxtor 200G internal hard drive for my G5 dual 2.5gigs of ram. I need a ata/133 pci card for my mac to use the hard drive. Any suggestions on a good pci card for my mac?
  2. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    Ryan, why not just buy yourself an external FireWire/USB equipped external enclosure?? Then you don't need to install any PCI card. It makes the most sense these days.

    Making sense of it all
    Ms. Remy Ann David
  3. TVPostSound

    TVPostSound Member

    Feb 15, 2006

    If this is an ATA (PATA) not a SATA drive. I assuming both SATA
    bays are full???

    Ive been using 2 SATA drives, and a PATA drive on my dual G5 for 9 months now with no issues, in fact I made the PATA drive the boot drive, and use the SATA drives for audio and video respectivelly.

    Going strong 10 hours a day with Protools HD.
    I had no PCI slots left!!!!!!

    See below:

    Get yourself a Y power cable, and a dual ide cable ($5 at Rat Shack), replace the
    optical drive's ide cable with the dual, plug the Y cable to the optical power cable.
    The new Y cable will power both the optical and ata drives.

    The get some 4" wide velcro with the adhesive backs.

    Remove the optical drive, velcro the new drive to the ceiling of the G5
    case above the optical drive.
    The optical ATA bus will accept a hard drive!!!
    Make the optical drive slave, make the hard drive master.

    The newly mounted drive will be in the upper quadrant airflow, there is no cooling issues.


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