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How To Upgrade/Add 3.5" PATA Disks In An Apple Power Mac G3/G4

Article ID = 60
Article Title = How To Upgrade/Add 3.5" PATA Disks In An Apple Power Mac G3/G4
Article Author(s) = Graham Needham (BH)
Article Created On = 15th November 2011
Article Last Updated = 17th August 2016
Article URL = http://www.macstrategy.com/article.php?60

Article Brief Description:
Instructions for upgrading or adding internal 3.5" PATA disks in a Power Macintosh G3 / G4

Upgrading Or Adding Internal Hard Disk(s) To Your Power Macintosh G3/G4

Computers That Can Be Upgraded

Easy Upgrades

Hard Upgrades

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Very Hard Upgrades

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How to identify your:

Step By Step Instructions For Upgrading Your Disk

  1. Backup or clone your boot disk
  2. de-authorise/deactivate any software/services
  3. Make sure you have plenty of time and space to perform the upgrade - use a clean, flat surface (a towel can be useful to prevent scratching/movement)
  4. NOTE: A good tip is to use an ice cube tray for tracking screws that you may have to remove.
  5. Prepare your tools and unpack your new disk
  6. Upgrade the disk in your computer as per the individual instructions for the computer that you have
  7. Boot your computer from your Mac OS X install disc or external installation device
  8. Erase install Mac OS X to the new disk, restore from your Time Machine backup/backup clone or migrate from your old drive in an external case

Using Your Old Disk In An External Case

  1. Obtain an external 3.5" PATA disk case or dock
  2. Install your old hard disk in the external case or connect it to the dock
  3. Erase install Mac OS X on your new boot disk
  4. At the account setup stage create an account with user name and password "setup"
  5. Go Macintosh HD > Applications > Utilities > Migration Assistant
  6. Connect the external case/dock with your old disk in it to your computer
  7. In the Migration Assistant follow the on screen instructions and at the Migration Method stage select "From a Time Machine backup or other disk"
  8. Transfer your user account(s), applications and system settings as required
  9. Wait for the migration to complete
  10. NOTE: Be patient as the migration could take a long time especially if your old disk was large and/or you are using a USB connection.
  11. Once the migration has been completed logout (Apple menu > logout) and login with your usual user account.
  12. Test everything is working okay on your new boot disk and in your usual user account
  13. Now make a new up-to-date backup or clone your new boot disk
  14. Go to Apple menu > System Preferences > System > Accounts > select the "setup" account on the left > click the "-" button to delete the account and choose the "Delete the home folder"
  15. If you are going to reuse the old disk format/partition it as required
  16. If you are going to sell the old disk or give it to someone else securely erase it first

3.5" PATA disks

Western Digital Caviar Blue
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  • Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB (part code = WD3200AAJB) Buy it now at Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
  • Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB (part code = WD5000AAJB) Buy it now at Amazon USA
NOTE: PATA hard drives bigger than 128GB require computers/hardware that support 48 bit LBA - see also www.48bitlba.com.

External 3.5" PATA disk cases

External 3.5" PATA docks

Universal 2.5"/3.5" PATA/SATA Drive Docks and Connectors
NOTE: Special information on using drives that are larger than 2TB.

Authorised/Activated Software and/or Services

NOTE: If you know of any other Macintosh software that requires activation please contact us.

Article Keywords: install new replace replacement add upgrade upgrading PowerMac PowerMacintosh Power Mac Macintosh G3 G4 hard disk drive HDD 3.5" PATA ATA IDE upgrade hard disk upgrade hard drive

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