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Do SATA-III 6Gb/s SSDs work in PowerPCs?

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Sep 30, 2013 1:04 PM

Hi,

 

I found differing information.

 

Will a SATA-III SSD work in my ibook G4 or/and my Powermac G4 (SATA-PCI-card)?

 

Since there is only 1,8" (microSATA) or a "Module"-SSD (mSATA)  fitting in the ibook G4. I decided to select a Crucial m4, CT256m4ssd3 (the one ending with modelnumber SSD3, is like 1,8", it is a module). I will use this adapter http://www.ebay.de/itm/Convert-Adapter-for-PCI-E-MSATA-SSD-50MM-3-3V-to-2-5-IDE- 5V-44PIN-SSD-/321189716985?pt=DE_Computer_Sonstige&hash=item4ac86623f9

 

I read that some have pins to jumper them as SATA-II and they will work. Some will be SATA-III and have no jumpers but will work (only!) in the lower slot of PowerMac G5s.

 

Thanks!

PowerMac, Mac OS X (10.4.11), PowerMac G4 AGP or Gigabit Ethernet
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,825 points)
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    Sep 30, 2013 7:17 PM (in response to lime-iMacG3)

    I read that some have pins to jumper them as SATA-II and they will work. Some will be SATA-III and have no jumpers but will work (only!) in the lower slot of PowerMac G5s.

    I think the jumpers only apply to HDDs, then only 3.5" drives, then only some... I don't believe I've seen an SSD with Jumpers.

     

    http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/SSD/OWC/Mercury_Extreme_Pro/Legacy_Edition

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,825 points)
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    Oct 1, 2013 1:05 PM (in response to lime-iMacG3)

    Do you know what the jumpers are for, or called on the SSD?

     

    I find this...

     

    http://forum.corsair.com/v3/showthread.php?t=85482

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,825 points)
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    Oct 1, 2013 4:43 PM (in response to lime-iMacG3)

    The reason japamac no longer posts is in your last link, disgusted with repeated bad info from one person there & in other many other threads.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,825 points)
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    Oct 3, 2013 10:46 AM (in response to lime-iMacG3)

    Sadly, I agree, but it was a a bit more than just that, can't elaborate as it may be considered confidential... I certainly miss his knowledge & impecable help here.

  • DieselFuelForLife Level 2 Level 2 (370 points)
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    Oct 12, 2013 1:34 AM (in response to lime-iMacG3)

    ALL SATA devices will work with your G5.

    Early SATA-III devices had a jumper set to downgrade their connection but anything made within the last year will negotiate the correct setting automatically.

     

    Source: I use modern SATA-III SSDs in all my Macs, from my old Dual 500 PowerMac G4, 1.6 Power Mac G5, 1.87 2007 Mac Mini, 2.16 2007 MacBook, to my 1,1 Mac Pro.

  • DieselFuelForLife Level 2 Level 2 (370 points)
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    Oct 12, 2013 12:38 PM (in response to lime-iMacG3)

    lime-iMacG3 wrote:

     

    One could argue

    That seems to be your intent for posting here, which is what likely got your post pulled.

     

    Anyway, how can one claim, that "every" and "modern" SATA-III drive work

    It is a statement of fact, that technology has advanced and drive makers have both the ability to auto-negotiate the interface speed to fit the controller and the understanding that SATA-I and II interfaces are still common on the market. They adapt their products to fit a broad range of devices in order to maximize sales with a minimum number of products. Why sell a SATA-III drive plus a SATA-I/II model when one can be made work with all three with a simple firmware and/or controller change?

     

    and you DieselFuelForLife just post your ideas on the topic and further more, please be more scientifically candid (i.e. name at least 3 models you tested and the Mac you tested them in).

     

    I have already posted the facts in my prior statement. It can be understood from that post that if you want to ensure compatibility with your model, buy the latest model drive available that fits your needs and budget. Further more, there is absolutely no need to list every compatible model as there are literally DOZENS of makes/models/sizes of drives on the market currently and its impossible for anyone to test them all.

     

    I have heard of someone, I actually know, and do have no reason to doubt, that he had to flash a new firmware to it (via PC) to make his SATA-III SSD work in his G5.

     

    Please be more scientifically candid (i.e. name the drive model he tested and the specific Mac he tested it in).

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,825 points)
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    Oct 12, 2013 5:51 PM (in response to lime-iMacG3)

    PS: Dear Admin, I know, it is probably not possible, but the next time please tell me what I have doen in just presenting info and I will not do that again in the future. Just deleting without telling, there is nowthing to learn for me. The only reaction will be (in the long run), that everytime someone starts flaming and I have nothing to do with it, I will get more and more lazy and will stop posting.

    Hi, I'm not an admin, nor did I have anything to do with any removal, but from experience I can tell you that if you reply to a post, & that post you replied to gets deleted for any reason, all replies to that removed post go away also.

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