Beige Power Macintosh G3 - Questions

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Beige Power Macintosh G3 - Questions

I recently purchased a Power Macintosh G3 (beige) without a Hard Drive. Most of the trouble has been choosing either SATA or IDE and getting a proper OS disk. Currently I'm stuck at the white floppy-disk-question-mark screen. I've been attempting to boot from burned .iso disks of OS 9 (burned from my 2010 iMac) but I'm told the G3 won't recognize them. Of course it could also be the spare HDD I'm using. Should I get a SATA bridge card? What SATA drive works? Is it possible to get the Mac to boot from burned disks rather than buying a proper OS 9 disk?

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Re: Beige Power Macintosh G3 - Questions

The beige G3 usually requires a hard drive 120gb or smaller.
OSX has to be on a partition 8gb or smaller. OS9 doesn't.
I’ve used burned CDs and DVDs to install OS9 and OSX on a beige G3. I copied disks I has to avoid wear and tear on the disks I have. Some OS9 disks that came with a Mac were made for that machine and won’t install on a different model, though usually they’ll at least boot.

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Re: Beige Power Macintosh G3 - Questions

Is there a specific SATA drive I should get apart from size though?

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Re: Beige Power Macintosh G3 - Questions

Maybe you already know this, but you can put an internal 50-pin SCSI drive in the G3 too. The connector for SCSI is towards the back of the motherboard, right side, near the ports.

Is it possible to get the Mac to boot from burned disks rather than buying a proper OS 9 disk?

Yes, you can boot from a CD-R.

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Re: Beige Power Macintosh G3 - Questions

A beige G3 would have come with a PATA, not a SATA drive, yes?

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It works with IDE drives. But it was suggested to me that SATA might make it faster/less prone to failure.

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A beige G3 would have come with a PATA, not a SATA drive, yes?

Correct, so one would install an additional interface to use SATA.

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Re: Beige Power Macintosh G3 - Questions

I didn't realize you could do that. When my PowerBook G4's internal HD died, acquiring a large 2-inch PATA drive was somewhat time-consuming and more expensive per GB than a SATA drive. If I'd known you could utilize adapters...

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Re: Beige Power Macintosh G3 - Questions

I’ve used the Sonnet Tempo SATA cards.
They can be hard to find though

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If I'd known you could utilize adapters...

I don't know about adapters, but you can get SATA PCI cards that will work in a G3. Such as this, for example.

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I thought of using a SATA Bridge card, since the sonnet cards are rather hard to find at this point.

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