View Full Version : upgrading 8500

04-10-2001, 09:33 PM
Wanting to upgrade my 8500. Looking to start with an Adaptec 29160n SCSI
card. Wondering about a drive, and looking at a ST318404LW Seagate 18XL 18GB Cheetah Ultra 160. Would like to hear ideas, suggestions, hints, helps, or
anything. Also thinkg of bumping the internal cd to 8X apple cd. Already
have a processor upgrade. Like to make last upgrade to this machine and increase the scsi drive speed. Any hints on order of installion would also be helpful. Rip it all out at once or what?

04-10-2001, 10:15 PM
I like the Miles2 (U2W) kit, meaning U2W card, Initio twisted-pair LVD cable and LVD terminator, and SoftRAID which is an outstanding driver for single drives as well as RAID, here http://www.macgurus.com/shoppingcart/showrampage.cgi?mgscsiinitioboards.html . The Cheetah ST318404LW is an outstanding drive which has been replaced by the ST318405LW seen here http://www.macgurus.com/shoppingcart/showrampage.cgi?mg_hdseagates.html

The Apple 8x will do the job but, if you can afford it, the Apple 24x is outstanding. And I like to do one thing at a time so that I know for sure where to troubleshoot. k

[This message has been edited by kaye (edited 10 April 2001).]

04-14-2001, 06:22 AM
you may want to check on other forums and see if others are running that Adaptec card without problems in vintage Power Macs. One reason we endorse the Initio card here is because it is very compatible and reliable under OS9.1 and earlier.

we generally don't endorse Adaptec boards as a company, but individual forum members may have different guidance.

CD-ROM upgrades....well, there are different schools of thought on that.

on the one hand, CDRW have gotten reliable enough that you have to wonder why they haven't completely replaced CD-ROM readers.

well, on new machines, they have. On older machines...you have to be careful, because you can end up spending more on a mechanism than your computer is worth, and if you don't choose carefully, you may not be able to easily migrate your mechanism to a new machine later.

as for raw CD-ROM, I personally prefer Plextor mechanisms (http://www.macgurus.com/shoppingcart/showrampage.cgi?mgscsicdromdrives.html). I prefer them because the quality is top-notch, the performance is superb, and they last a long, long time.

we're still running old 20x Plextors here in our older machines and CD-ROM jukes. They just refuse to die. On our primary workstations, we're running PlexWriter CDRW and Plextor 40x.