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PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2015 3:01 am 
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Greetings (from a long time ago).

Well, long story short, I've started regressing technically and have bough a G4 Mini (also sold up my XBox360 and PS3 and replaced them with my Dreamcast and Gamecube from the loft, but I digress). Annnyhow, just thought I'd give details on a bit of an odd storage thing I've done.

Of course the G4 is an IDE ATA-100 connection with very little space to play with... I was initially wanting to put my lossless library on there which on it's own is 320GB, so this left me with a dilemma. 2.5" IDE drives only go up to 320GB. Nothing was ever any bigger. I didn't want to go external and the Legacy OWC SSD drives are massive money. But do go up to 500GB

Thought about many other options. There are SD and Compact flash to IDE adaptors. But reports are a bit iffy on both. What I've finally landed on is a IDE to mSATA (laptop) SSD assembly from Lindy : http://www.lindy.co.uk/components-tools ... -7mm-p8706

Then I snagged a 128GB Samsung P830 mSATA SSD from eBay for £40 to test it with before I splash out on a big one (they go up to 1TB). Well, it's working lovely. Needed to partition the drive on a later mac (using firewire target) as it really didn't want to put the correct apple boot block on there with Tiger. But did that and installed and it's been working solidly for a good week now with some quite heavy use. 70MB/sec transfer speeds are I suppose what's to be expected. But still, way faster than any HDD.

In the end I've not upgraded it to a bigger drive as it's worked out cheaper to grab a 2009 Intel Mini to use for that (running the mini-count up to 3 now) and stick a 500GB SATA drive into it. But still thought it was something different enough to report here as a success, and £60 for a 128GB IDE SSD install is pretty cool anyhow ;)

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2015 10:02 am 
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Wow, impressive, thanks! :)

Was that 10.4.11 that didn't work?


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2015 7:01 am 
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BDAqua wrote:
Wow, impressive, thanks! :)

Was that 10.4.11 that didn't work?


Well it was disc utility on the 10.4 CD. A later version may have worked.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2015 7:57 am 
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Ah, thanks, I believe 10.4.6 & up was needed to support Advanced Formatting's 4,096 Byte Sectors.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 22, 2015 10:18 am 
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Well that didn't last long. Mini is for sale...

...because I've bought a Dual 2.3 G5 for the princely sum of £10 (with a nice Formac monitor too!).

So close to my old quad in real world performance. Got a 7800GT coming from the states (£36) to drop in, already put an SSD in there. Couple of gig of extra memory (£6). To think what I paid back in the day for my quad *cries*.

Have to say though, still a bloody fast and usable machine!


Currently watching a nice PowerMac G4 also that's not far away and comes with many nice things...

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 22, 2015 10:20 am 
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Nice going, great deal. :)


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 22, 2015 2:16 pm 
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very cool :g5:


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2015 8:10 am 
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Hey, if that's the PCI-X air cooled dual 2.3Ghz G5 then its the same model I have. The only thing I worry about is the memory controller, that thing gets too hot for its own good.

I ended up getting a Sonnet PCI-X eSATA card off eBay for about $40 or so, after updating the firmware it's been solid & reliable. I just wish it was bootable. eBay is also where I got the X800 AGP Pro video card - some crazy factory in China is/was churning out new stock.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2015 12:04 am 
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Mine's the PCI-E one. 7800GT landed yesterday, but without power lead so I've ordered one of them. It's a late 2005 PCI-E machine so it runs a dual core processor rather than two. I had a sonnet card back in the day on my quad which I ran a pair of raided 2.5" drives. I didn't do a great deal to that one (unlike my previous powermacs that were modded to hell. Indeed I've put them back up on my site).

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No moddage to occur on this one. Just getting a pair of SSDs and a big cooler on the 7800GT to keep the noise down.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2015 8:46 am 
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Thanks Gnome! :)

That is some kind of cooler! :shock:


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2015 10:39 am 
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Should see the new one ;) Will photograph it next time I have the side off to fit the new wire. It makes that one look very small.

Fits better too, required no fettlery, unlike the original.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2015 5:00 am 
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Yeah baby, check out this bad boy!

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New G5 is coming together nicely. I think the total spend is now up to about £90... Still not bad considering :)

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