4 Replies Latest reply: Feb 3, 2013 3:33 AM by PROBO
PROBO Level 1 Level 1

 

I have an old G5 Tower that developed that leaking coolant problem - I stopped using it and it's been sitting around for a while.

 

Recently, I booted it via Firewire in Target mode and I can access the Hard drive, but after a few minutes the fan kicked in big time.

 

Anybody know if it is possible to disconnect the fan and just use the Tower and as a big Hard Drive enclosure???

 

If it is possible then ....

 

1. How do I disconnect it?

 

2. Will it over-heat. I was thinking of putting  3 x old hard drives in it?

 

3. Would it be grossly in-effecient from an energy point of view?

 

Many thanks


iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
Reply by japamac on Feb 2, 2013 8:59 PM Helpful

Any know if it is possible to disconnect the fan and just use the Tower and as a big Hard Drive enclosure???

You can't do that while the drives are connected to the logic board. Though the requirements are minimal. the processors are still fuctioning, thus the fan activity.

 

Disconnect the fans and you will have a box full of fried components.

 

Add to that the continued leakage of the LCS ands you also have a fire hazard.

 

Gut the G5, scavange some hard drive enclosure control boards and power supplies (or one ATX PSU), fabricate the needed racks and connectors, and, Yes, the tower could be a large hard drive case.

Reply by BitterCreek on Feb 3, 2013 2:58 AM Helpful

A G5 consumes upwards of 150watts just at dead idle, compared to a FW tower enclosure at 50 with the drives.

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  • edex67 Level 4 Level 4

    3) Yes. Very. The G5 is very power hungry.

    I couldn't tell you about the other questions but this seems like a bad idea, also if it has a coolant problem it could die at any minute. Better to purchase an enclosure.

  • japamac Level 7 Level 7

    Anybody know if it is possible to disconnect the fan and just use the Tower and as a big Hard Drive enclosure???

    You can't do that while the drives are connected to the logic board. Though the requirements are minimal. the processors are still fuctioning, thus the fan activity.

     

    Disconnect the fans and you will have a box full of fried components.

     

    Add to that the continued leakage of the LCS ands you also have a fire hazard.

     

    Gut the G5, scavange some hard drive enclosure control boards and power supplies (or one ATX PSU), fabricate the needed racks and connectors, and, Yes, the tower could be a large hard drive case.

  • BitterCreek Level 1 Level 1

    A G5 consumes upwards of 150watts just at dead idle, compared to a FW tower enclosure at 50 with the drives.

  • PROBO Level 1 Level 1

     

    Thnaks for the answers. Sounds not worth the trouble.

    G5 Tower on Ebay for spares if anyones interested ...

     

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/160964728323?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m 1555.l2649