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Thread: 3 internal ATA

  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2001


    Is it possible to mount more than 2 internal ATA's in a G4? I have a 733 with two in it already and I want to add another internal if possible.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2000
    Toronto, Ontario, CANADA


    You have room to do it...

    Check out

    I think Mike Breedan had a link to someone who stuffed a whole pile of drives in there...

    You might need an IDE adapter card though since you can only have two IDE devices on a single cable.

    Here's some useful links..


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2002
    Washington DC


    You have 4 HD bays along the bottom of your case.
    You could also use the ZIP bay.
    You might even be able to cram another drive above the CD/DVD drive.

    So you could have 6. You would need a card - this could handle 3 or 4, then you have the built-in controller to handle the stacked HDs and you might need the CD/DVD cable for the drive in the ZIP case - I am not sure of the spacing between connectors on IDE/ATA.

    I am not sure how the powersupply would feel though
    proceed at your own risk.

    To boldly go where no english professor has gone before! -)

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jun 2000


    Hey Sky,

    One of the rules of ATA is only two devices per channel. You will definitely need a PCI card host, and to add three or four, as draggie suggests, it would have to be a dual channel host card. Some good ones are out there.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2001
    Virginia... where one Democrat CAN make a difference


    You can fit 2 low profile (1" high) drives above the dvd drive if you are creative! I have done it (from time to time but right now I have only one up there)

    IF you put a drive up there it will need some added cooling! Stick a fan on it blowing across the drive toward the rear of the case. This is a dead air space up there and needs a fan.

    [This message has been edited by Damien (edited 05 January 2002).]

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