How To: Adding a Removable IDE drive to a G4

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by Faeflora, Jul 11, 2001.

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  1. Faeflora

    Faeflora Member

    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 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.
  2. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member

    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!!
  3. mars

    mars Guest

    Sonnet is coming up with 'ATA100' PCI card for Mac.
    You'll be able to hook up to four internal ATA/IDE drives.

    More details at
  4. Faeflora

    Faeflora Member

    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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