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Hi, I'm planning on buying a really big hard drive for my PC (i only have an ibook right now), but am planning on replacing the PC with a PowerMac G4 later on.

Are the current generation of Powermacs ATA/100? Are they backwards compatible? Are ATA/100 or ATA/133 hard drives backwards compatible with ATA/66 or ATA/33 computers?

Yeah my PC is getting aged and is only equipped with 16gigs on ATA/33. I'm thinking of going upwards of 100gigs, but want something that is going to be relatively futureproof.

Wow guys thanks for reading and helping me out!

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[quote]Are the current generation of Powermacs ATA/100? Are they backwards compatible? Are ATA/100 or ATA/133 hard drives backwards compatible with ATA/66 or ATA/33 computers?<hr></blockquote>

Yep, everything in the ATA world is backwards compatable. An ATA/100 drive will work on an ATA/33 bus (granted, at ATA/33 speeds though), and an ATA/33 drive can be used on an ATA/66 or /100 etc bus. They're not platform specific either.

However, ATA/100 can only recognize a maximum of a 137GB HD I'm pretty sure, and ATA/33 probably cannot recognize even that.
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hmmm thats interesting about the 137gig rule.

guess I wont shell out for the 160gigger!

thanks muchly!

anyone know the ATA/33 size ceiling?

thanks again!

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ATA33 ceiling like ATA66/100 is 137GB, here is a nice little chart I found at Maxtor's website.



Green = Operating system will recognize drive's full capacity

Yellow = Requires Maxtor Ultra ATA/133 PCI Adapter Card to recognize full capacity

Blue = Requires Mac-compatible Utlra ATA/133 PCI Adapter Card to recognize full capacity

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wow, thanks eskimo!

looks like I'll be moving to win2000 earlier than i thought... no more unstable win98

thanks again

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Surely you cannot be telling me that win98 systems can't have bigger drives than 32GB?
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[quote]Originally posted by MarcUK:
<strong>Surely you cannot be telling me that win98 systems can't have bigger drives than 32GB?</strong><hr></blockquote>

yes they can, they just need the appropriate driver from the manufacturer.
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