Replacing the hard disc in MorphOS Power Mac that has a lice
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    Symbola
    Posts: 11 from 2015/9/22
    From: Plymouth, UK
    Hi, my 2nd question… MorphOS is new to me :)

    I got a Power Mac off EBay without a hard disc, I have just fitted an old one I had lying around. If I purchase a licence key with this hard disc, can I fit a newer bigger hard disc at a later date without affecting the licence? I ask as I'm not sure what hardware the licence is tied to…

    also, do SSD drives give any advantage speed wise? (in a Power Mac)
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    eliot
    Posts: 456 from 2004/4/15
    Yes, you can change the hdds.
    The licence key is bound to the MAC address of the ethernet controller.
    You can copy the whole sytem or just the key from one partiton to another.
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    eliot

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    Symbola
    Posts: 11 from 2015/9/22
    From: Plymouth, UK
    Quote:

    eliot wrote:
    Yes, you can change the hdds.
    The licence key is bound to the MAC address of the ethernet controller.
    You can copy the whole sytem or just the key from one partiton to another.


    Thanks eliot, just purchased a MorphOS licence... exciting :)
  • »23.09.15 - 20:45
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    geit
    Posts: 876 from 2004/9/23
    An SSD gives you a huge speed boost. Especially when there is still the original apple drive inside.
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    Symbola
    Posts: 11 from 2015/9/22
    From: Plymouth, UK
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    geit wrote:

    An SSD gives you a huge speed boost. Especially when there is still the original apple drive inside.


    Thanks geit, next purchase will be a SSD drive :)
  • »23.09.15 - 21:00
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    geit
    Posts: 876 from 2004/9/23
    Make sure it is a SanDIsk SSD. Other SATA Models may not be compatible with a G5 or your IDE Adapter, depending on the Mac model you own.

    Do not buy an IDE SSD. They are expensive, slow and using old tech.
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    Desktop-Dynamite
    Posts: 7 from 2015/10/5
    "Make sure it is a SanDIsk SSD. Other SATA Models may not be compatible with a G5 or your IDE Adapter, depending on the Mac model you own.

    Do not buy an IDE SSD. They are expensive, slow and using old tech."


    Hi regarding this thread, I have an ibook g4 [14 inch- 1055]. I was actually thinking into buying an IDE SSD instead, can I fit a SATA SSD instead of IDE SSD for my ibook?

    Thanks
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    geit
    Posts: 876 from 2004/9/23
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    Desktop-Dynamite wrote:
    "Make sure it is a SanDIsk SSD. Other SATA Models may not be compatible with a G5 or your IDE Adapter, depending on the Mac model you own.

    Do not buy an IDE SSD. They are expensive, slow and using old tech."


    Hi regarding this thread, I have an ibook g4 [14 inch- 1055]. I was actually thinking into buying an IDE SSD instead, can I fit a SATA SSD instead of IDE SSD for my ibook?



    In that case you need a 2.5" IDE to mSATA adapter and a mSATA SSD.

    I suggest to go for a quality Delock version of the adapter, as the cheap versions seem to overheat (you can be lucky, but who knows.) depending on the model.

    Avoid those 10€ thingies to save money. In the end you pay twice. The only thing you need to know beside is that there are two mSATA voltages (3V and 5V) and you need a matching pair of adapter and MSATA card.
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    drphil
    Posts: 36 from 2015/11/28
    From: New Zealand
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    Make sure it is a SanDIsk SSD. Other SATA Models may not be compatible with a G5 or your IDE Adapter, depending on the Mac model you own.



    What other brands of SSD are compatible with the G5?
    1.6Ghz PowerMac G5, 2GB RAM, 80GB HDD, MorphOS 3.9.

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    Intuition
    Posts: 826 from 2013/5/24
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    Quote:

    geit wrote:
    Quote:

    Desktop-Dynamite wrote:
    "Make sure it is a SanDIsk SSD. Other SATA Models may not be compatible with a G5 or your IDE Adapter, depending on the Mac model you own.

    Do not buy an IDE SSD. They are expensive, slow and using old tech."


    Hi regarding this thread, I have an ibook g4 [14 inch- 1055]. I was actually thinking into buying an IDE SSD instead, can I fit a SATA SSD instead of IDE SSD for my ibook?



    In that case you need a 2.5" IDE to mSATA adapter and a mSATA SSD.

    I suggest to go for a quality Delock version of the adapter, as the cheap versions seem to overheat (you can be lucky, but who knows.) depending on the model.

    Avoid those 10€ thingies to save money. In the end you pay twice. The only thing you need to know beside is that there are two mSATA voltages (3V and 5V) and you need a matching pair of adapter and MSATA card.


    I've been using a cheapo Chinese adapter with a Crucial mSATA SSD in my PowerBook G4 for a couple of years. While the performance is adequate it's not exactly amazing so I'm thinking perhaps it's the adapter that is the bottleneck, do you suggest I buy a different adapter?

    I've never heard of Delock before and a quick Google didn't find many for sale in the UK. Do you recommend any other brand?
    1.67GHz 15" PowerBook G4, 1GB RAM, 128MB Radeon 9700M Pro, 64GB SSD, MorphOS 3.9

    2.7GHz DP G5, 4GB RAM, 512MB Radeon X1950 Pro, OSX 10.5.8, 500GB SSHD, MorphOS 3.9
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    amigadave
    Posts: 2316 from 2006/3/21
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    Quote:

    geit wrote:

    Make sure it is a SanDIsk SSD. Other SATA Models may not be compatible with a G5 or your IDE Adapter, depending on the Mac model you own.


    I hope SanDisk is not the only brand that is compatible with G5 PowerMacs, as I just ordered 2 SSD's and neither of them are SanDisk brand.

    I ordered an 480gb SSD from OCZ whi ch I am going to install in my desktop Windows PC, and a 128gb SSD for my G5 that is made by Transcend.

    It should arrive by Friday, or Saturday, so I should know if it works by the end of this weekend.

    I also want to replace the hdd in my G4 PowerBook with a SSD. If any of you could post the exact parts you use and are known to work in the G4 PB, I will buy that, instead of possibly getting a cheap part that does not work. It must fit into the PowerBook drive bay where the current hdd is located.

    [ Edited by amigadave 09.12.2015 - 16:37 ]
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  • »10.12.15 - 00:33
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