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MultiFinder

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Is there any limit, aside from the 128 gig limit, on the size of a HDD that a Power Mac 6500 can take? Also, can I throw any old IDE drive in there? The original 3 gig is getting full fast since I got it online. Also, how would you guys suggest moving all the data on the old drive (prefferably the entire drive file structure) to the new one?

 

MacJunky

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I currently have a 6GB HD from an old iMac in my 6500 as well as 1GB and 3GB SCSI drives. The 1GB is mounted upside down in the top 5.25" bay ( I put some screw holes in the top of the bay) and the 3GB is mounted on a custom rack of sorts attached to the rail supports on the tray with the DB-15 connector where that coax card or w/e would go if it was a higher end model.

I taped the rails to the side of the 5.25" bays in case I needed them in the future.

I can get pictures if anyone wants.

Oh, I also slapped an 80mm fan below the 3GB HD. :p

 

tomlee59

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Yes, you can pretty much throw any IDE drive in there, within the size limitation you mentioned. Before I decommissioned my old 6500, I had an 80gig drive that I had salvaged from a toasted TiVO that had been freecycled. I moved that drive into a B&W G3 that I got later.

As to how to clone the drive, there are several things you could do. Depending on what you have to work with, one or another method may be preferable. One is to use a backup utility which will split the files among, say, 4 or 5 CD-Rs (this assumes, of course, that you have a burner). After you install a new drive, you would just do a restore from the CDR set. The appeal of this method is that it forces you to create an archive snapshot of your files that you can store for a rainy day.

Another would be to copy the drive's contents onto a scsi-connected external drive, and then copy back from that one.

I'm sure others will chime in with their favorite methods.

 

MacJunky

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I'm sure others will chime in with their favorite methods.
Yes, like dumping the drives into a newer Mac and using Disk Utility.app to "restore" the old drive to the new one.
 
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