Max HD size?
  • Priest of the Order of the Butterfly
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    Cool_amigaN
    Posts: 679 from 2011/11/30
    Hey, I am facing the following issue on a PowerMac G4 Sawtooth. In the past I had a mechanical HD which needed to be retired asap, so I plugged in a Digitus ide to sata adapter with a ADATA SU630 240GB (SSD) on the free mid hd ide port , performed a backup/format the new partitions to my will, removed old hd and moved digitus/adata combo to previous ide port (removed the jumper too, so it is Master).

    All went well (actually extremely well, it's blazing fast since that day!) but it's now high time I install second digitus/SSD combo 'cause I am out of space. Choose the ADATA SU630 480GB again with the same Digitus adapter, left jumpers (so it's slave) and connected to free mid hd ide port (again), powered on and I was getting a grey screen but I could observe that MorphOS was trying to boot because usb devises were flashing on/off and ctrl+a+a (reboot) worked.

    I checked all possible combinations with the jumpers and ide port positions but it was a no-go, I checked the new digitus adapter (connected solely to 240GB SSD) and worked as well.

    Then it flashed me: boot from CD and I saw on the Mounter that idemacio2.device isn't being detected (only idemacio.device which is the dvd). Even with only the new ADATA 480GB/Digitus combo connected it doesn't get detected.

    So, before giving it another go by purchasing the very same 240GB SSD, software wise: is there any limit on the HD size (not individual partitions) that the OS can detect or could the Digitus be falling due to size of HD (480GB)? Could there be a limit of the ide powermac port too (sounds silly but idk what else to check/ask honestly)?

    Any other idea on what to look for, is welcomed :)

    [ Edited by Cool_amigaN 30.06.2022 - 22:28 ]
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  • Order of the Butterfly
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    sailor
    Posts: 268 from 2019/5/9
    From: Central Bohemi...
    I think that HDD size is not limited. Or limit is much much bigger than 480 GB.
    Limited is only partition size - according to used filesystems..

    I am using 500 GB HDD on Pegasos 2 ( MorphOS+AmigaOS4) and 1TB HDD on AmigaOne X1000.Here is even article how to use 10 TB HDD on AmigaOS classic ;-).

    I have no Powermac G4, so I cannot test it. But you can try:
    - check again your partition size
    - use 480GB HDD + adapter only single on cable
    - try HDD in other MorphOS computer
    - try other IDE-SATA adapter
    - try SiI 3xxx PCI SATA card
    AmigaOS: Micro A1-C, AmigaOne XE, Pegasos II, Sam440ep-flex, AmigaOneX1000
    MorphOS: Efika 5200b, Pegasos I, Pegasos II, Powerbook G4, Mac Mini, iMac G5, Powermac G5 Quad
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  • Yokemate of Keyboards
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    Andreas_Wolf
    Posts: 11609 from 2003/5/22
    From: Germany
    > Could there be a limit of the ide powermac port [...]?

    The on-board PATA controller of PowerMac G4 up to and including Quicksilver (2001) only supports LBA28 (ATA-5), which means 128 GiB maximum for drive size. Quicksilver (2002) and later models support LBA48 (ATA-6), which means 128 PiB maximum. This doesn't seem to be the issue you're facing though, as you say your 240 GB SATA SSD works well via the adapter (which seems to remedy the LBA28 restriction), if I understand right.
  • »30.06.22 - 22:16
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  • Butterfly
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    Get27
    Posts: 90 from 2004/8/23
    From: France
    Hello,

    Try to plug the slave drive in the middle on the ribbon :
    motherboard ------ slave ------- master
    PowerMac 3.5, G4 1.0GHz DP, 1GB ram, 80GB HD + NAS, Radeon 9600 128MB Mac, 1680x1050
    PowerMac 7.3, G5 2.3GHz DP, 4GB ram, 160GB HD + NAS, Radeon 9800 128MB PC, 1680x1050
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  • Order of the Butterfly
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    Posts: 268 from 2019/5/9
    From: Central Bohemi...
    Maybe it is good idea to start in OpenFirmware and look for devices. Is new SSD visible here?
    And turn on ramdebug and check it.
    AmigaOS: Micro A1-C, AmigaOne XE, Pegasos II, Sam440ep-flex, AmigaOneX1000
    MorphOS: Efika 5200b, Pegasos I, Pegasos II, Powerbook G4, Mac Mini, iMac G5, Powermac G5 Quad
  • »01.07.22 - 12:02
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