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iMac G5 hard drive enclosure

2377 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Nov 25, 2011 11:10 AM by WZZZ RSS
Noodle-head Level 3 Level 3 (680 points)
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Jun 9, 2011 4:14 AM

I have a iMac G5 17". (EMC No.:2055)

Hardd rive is Seagate Barracuda 7200 250GB.


Can anyone tell me what kind of enclosure I need to salvage the hard drive? (Sata, Pata...3.5; 2.5?)

Also, is there a way to salvage the screen for use as a second or third monitor with my existing MacPro?


  • Ingo F. Level 4 Level 4 (1,800 points)
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    Jun 9, 2011 4:22 AM (in response to Noodle-head)



    Please look here and try to figure out what iMac exactly you have. Looking at the 250GB though and the specs, I would guess it's a SATA-drive. That means, all you need to get it an external 3.5" enclosure with Serial-ATA as the internal connector, and probably USB as the external.


    Salvaging the screen I would not recommend. There's a couple issues for that. First of all, connector. The internal connector is nothing you can easily use. Second, a 17" screen today is probably a lot less than the work involved would cost you, even if it is your own. Third: Those computers do contain hazardous materials, and you probably do not want to take them apart too much.

  • Justin: Mac Man Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 25, 2011 10:44 AM (in response to Noodle-head)

    Had the same question myself. It's the PowerPC G5 with the iSight camera, also the last iMac to be shipped with the PowerPC core.


    The hard drive, I'm pretty sure is a 160GB, and I was looking at this enclosure. Based on the specs, I think it would work for connecting it to my Intel iMac, right?


    I just wanted to confirm before jumping in.


  • WZZZ Level 6 Level 6 (11,875 points)
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    Nov 25, 2011 11:10 AM (in response to Justin: Mac Man)

    Looks good, except you should find out what "High Speed" means. If it's FireWire 800, I don't think it will work with your Mac, even with an 800/400 adaptor or cable. Should be 400 or 400/800 switchable. But it won't run with a SATA 3 drive which you probably don't have anyway. Be sure your drive is SATA 1 or 2, not PATA IDE. And the drive must be a 3.5". You could basically use this on any Mac, PPC or Intel, with USB or FireWire.


    EDIT the ports in the photo are 400.


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