View Full Version : fitting Barracuda in a B&W

12-21-2000, 08:22 AM
I have one of the early blue and white G3's, with a little old 6 gig IDE drive...and it is time to add some storage. I have an Adaptec 2930u (50 pin ultra SCSI card) that works nicely with my Plextor cd-r drive...and I want to add an 18 gig drive. This is new to me...and I'm not clear on what brackets to use...and how to fit the thing in. At the bottom of the cabinet, next to the original? Are brackets made to fit in near the CD-ROM drive? Do I really have to worry about cooling?

12-21-2000, 09:49 AM
Do you have a rev 1 or 2? Here is how you can tell the difference. Is the 6 Gb drive screwed into the bottom tray or is it in a bracket that extends almost an inch above the drive with 4 screw holes?

Do not install a faster IDE drive on the intenal ide channel if you have a rev 1 B&W. There are data corruption issues. Rev 2 fixed it and Intech has a fix built in to their drivers that slows the drive down a bit and corrects the data corruption.


If you have no bracket, then you can add 2 more drives on the bottom tray. Those cases have excellent cooling so heat isn't an issue. I have 2 x15 Cheetahs plus a 45 Gb ide drive in my B&W.


12-21-2000, 10:38 AM
I have a revision 1. The ide drive is flat on the bottom...and about a year ago I went through the exercise of figuring out that I could not add a second ide drive. But I'm excited about getting a SCSI drive...so I want the ST39216N, so I can use the 2930u card that is in there (and paid for). Do I need one of your "sleds"..or other mounting brackets to fit the Barracuda down in there?

12-21-2000, 10:43 AM
oops...wrong model number in previous post...I meant to type st318416N.

12-21-2000, 11:52 AM
No sleds needed. You will see the location for the drives on the middle and opposite end of the machine closer to the front of the machine. If you look, you will see the mounting holes for each drive.

This page has instructions on removing the drive sled from the machine and where to mount the second drive.

scroll to the bottom of the page and there is a link to the installation page. Better yet, here is the direct link:


[This message has been edited by jorge (edited 21 December 2000).]