View Full Version : G3 clone upgrade

01-22-2001, 10:10 PM
I have a PowerComputer G3 clone (besides my G4) and am thinking of exchanging the tiny HD (2 Gig) that came with it for one much larger. What HDs are available and how difficult is it to exchange the HDs? Will it work with the clone? What must I look out for? Potential problems? I'd like to keep this G3 clone going as long as possilble.


01-22-2001, 10:22 PM
you can either add an LVD drive like a Cheetah (including an X15 15,000 rpm Cheetah) with a Miles2, or you can simply get a single-ended narrow SCSI drive. The first will give you storage with shreddin' performance, and the second will give you good, solid, reliable storage at an affordable price.

others will surely jump in with opinions shortly. All this stuff is sold on the main site.


01-22-2001, 10:42 PM
The only 50 pin Narrow drives still made are the 9.1 GB and 18 GB Seagate Barracudas shown here http://www.macgurus.com/shoppingcart/showrampage.cgi?mg_hdseagates.html . These are UltraNarrow 20 MB/s drives. To get the most from them you need a BlueNote SCSI Host Adapter shown here http://www.macgurus.com/shoppingcart/showrampage.cgi?mgscsiinitioboards.html . That combo will give sustained transfer rates of very close to 20 MB/s.

What Power CC machine do you have? The above drives are backward compatible with the 5 or 10 MB/s built-in SCSI busses but will be performance limited if used that way.

To go all out, you need Miles U2W board (s) and Seagate X15 Cheetahs. I have two of each in my Power Tower Pro striped in a dual channel RAID 0. I get sustained reads of 76 MB/s and sustained writes of 71 MB/s.