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Installing 3rd ATA drive in Quicksilver G4?
Old 22nd May 2003
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Installing 3rd ATA drive in Quicksilver G4?

It has been alleged that this is possible, but I can't seem to get it happening...

I've got a Quicksilver G4, 933mhz that's got the factory 60gig and another 80gig drive on top of that one down in the available space on the "floor" of the chassis. I've heard success stories from friends who say that I can put one of my growing herd of 120gig drives as a third internal up in the unused bay beneath the Superdrive..

Now I've just about sliced my hand open trying different configurations, choosing one power cable over another and moving jumpers around, but I can't seem to get it to go.

Has anyone else done this? Any tips?

thanks
-dave
Old 23rd May 2003
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i dunno. i have the 80GB system, an 80GB DMA, and 2x 10k scsi 36GB drives all in my dualGHz machine, but i cant remember how they are all in there. i think the scsi's are on the sleds on the bottom... and the two DMA's are stacked on each other. wait a minute, i will go open and look. yep. dats how dey is.

but cant DMA only have one master and one slave? i would assume you would need a DMA controller card. maybe im wrong on that one... but all my IDE cables only have two+ the board plugs on them.
Old 23rd May 2003
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although for more storage, im just adding firewire drives.
Old 23rd May 2003
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Well, there are two ATA buses inside the Mac; The one that the startup drive is on has all it can take (the startup, plus that extra 80gig). Then, there's the other ATA bus that the Superdrive-burner is on... That's where I'm trying to add this extra drive, on the extra node on that bus' ribbon cable. But I can't seem to get it to go.

I'd usually just add it as a firewire drive, but I'm at a point where I have a large number of firewire drives, in various states of "shelving", and a few extra raw drives that I sometimes swap firewire chassis for. I just thought I'd save a chassis-transplantation and just throw one of the extra raw drives into that empty slot in the mac...

It seemed simple enough at the time I thought of it. ..

-dave
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