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Old 10-10-2005, 04:48 PM   #1
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[Mac Problem] My hard drive is dying...

My 80 GB hard drive has beenr unning slow and recently, it lost one of my partitions, the partition that holds my OS. So that means, I'll probably have to format the entire drive to get fully online again. I have a Seagate Barracuda 300 gB as a slave right now.

I was thinking, sicne that 80GB HD is five years old AND a Western Digital, why not just upgrade HDs again. I was thinking of putting in another Barracuda, pushing my computer to 600 GB (It's used primarily for film, so it being out of commission can really screw me over for a lengthy period).

IS there anything I have to keep in mind while planning this somewhat big cost endeavor? I have a G4 from 2001 running OSX 10.4.X. I already added a Serial ATA card to read big drives, so it's not a problem getting most hard drives for this Mac.
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Old 10-10-2005, 08:11 PM   #2
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You should consider the Maxtor maxlie III hdd.
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Old 10-11-2005, 12:53 AM   #3
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I'm a seagate whore. Quietest drives on the planet.
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Old 10-11-2005, 03:12 AM   #4
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Get a bigger hard drive, put it in, format it (should only take a few seconds) and then download a program called "superduper" (search for it on versiontracker.com). Superduper is shareware, but it will duplicate your drive for free. Use it to make an identical copy of the dying drive's data onto the new drive, bit for bit. It is easy, just like your mom. Once that is done, take the old drive out and throw it away/destroy it, because it's never going to get better no matter what you do. But thanks to Superduper, you can boot from your new drive and it seems just like the old one. Except that it deletes all of your porn.

The Mac I have now came with a hard drive that started getting really bad. I had TONS of sensitive data on it that I could not afford to lose. I could tell the drive was ready to go, but it was still trying to chug along. I went and got a brand new hard drive, put it in, and copied it using Superduper, removed the old drive, set it on fire in a trash can next to the homeless guy outside and was as good as new with my new drive!
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Old 10-11-2005, 05:54 AM   #5
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Can I get another SATA drive and use it as my 'master' drive? If I get another drive, it'll be another 300 GB Barracuda SATA. But when I installed it, I had to switch it so it'd be a slave to my Western Digital. It apparently was a WD thing according to xlr8yourmac.com. Ergo, if my master is a 300 GB Seagate Barracuda SATA, my other drive should just be a '?'?

Alucard, I'm a huge Seagate whore too. Love em. Apparently their HQ is just a few miles from where I live.
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Old 10-11-2005, 11:57 AM   #6
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Get a bigger hard drive, put it in, format it (should only take a few seconds) and then download a program called "superduper" (search for it on versiontracker.com). Superduper is shareware, but it will duplicate your drive for free. Use it to make an identical copy of the dying drive's data onto the new drive, bit for bit. It is easy, just like your mom. Once that is done, take the old drive out and throw it away/destroy it, because it's never going to get better no matter what you do. But thanks to Superduper, you can boot from your new drive and it seems just like the old one. Except that it deletes all of your porn.

The Mac I have now came with a hard drive that started getting really bad. I had TONS of sensitive data on it that I could not afford to lose. I could tell the drive was ready to go, but it was still trying to chug along. I went and got a brand new hard drive, put it in, and copied it using Superduper, removed the old drive, set it on fire in a trash can next to the homeless guy outside and was as good as new with my new drive!
Good ideas and all, but let me show what Joe really wanted to say:
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Old 10-11-2005, 12:42 PM   #7
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Good ideas and all, but let me show what Joe really wanted to say:
I myself think if you're going to do major upgrades to a pc (i'm talking more than just ram and hd space) then you're better off either buying a whole new pc or a very good motherboard. I was thinking of buying a motherboard from ebay, they have some pretty decent one, the only problem is not processor, but thanks to gambini i seen a pentium 4 processor that is compatible with the motherboard the only problem is i think the bidding stopped for the processor, and besides i have no money, HOWEVER I applied for a job today and it seems promissing that I'll be working there soon.
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Old 11-07-2005, 07:19 PM   #8
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!!!!!!

I just figured out how I can have my pc sound go to my stereo. Well you guy's know those things you can buy for the cd play so in the car you can attach ur cd play to ur cassette tape player? Well my pc speakers have a headphone jack on the front, so used that cd > cassette adapter thing on the speakers and put it in my stereo's cassette slot and BINGO it worked. Now I can enjoy sounds from my pc on my stereo. :bigsmile:
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