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How To Upgrade/Add 3.5" SATA Disks In A Power Mac G5/Mac Pro

Article ID = 61
Article Title = How To Upgrade/Add 3.5" SATA Disks In A Power Mac G5/Mac Pro
Article Author(s) = Graham Needham (BH)
Article Created On = 15th November 2011
Article Last Updated = 17th August 2016
Article URL = http://www.macstrategy.com/article.php?61

Article Brief Description:
Instructions for upgrading or adding internal 3.5" SATA disks in a Power Macintosh G5 / Mac Pro (Silver)

Upgrading Or Adding Internal Hard Disk(s) To A Power Macintosh G5/Mac Pro

Computers That Can Be Upgraded

Easy Upgrades

Hard Upgrades

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Very Hard Upgrades

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Step By Step Instructions For Upgrading Your Disk

  1. Backup or clone your boot disk
  2. de-authorise/deactivate any software/services
  3. Make sure you have plenty of time and space to perform the upgrade - use a clean, flat surface (a towel can be useful to prevent scratching/movement)
  4. NOTE: A good tip is to use an ice cube tray for tracking screws that you may have to remove.
  5. Prepare your tools and unpack your new disk
  6. Upgrade the disk in your computer as per the individual instructions for the computer that you have
  7. Boot your computer from your Mac OS X install disc or external installation device
  8. NOTE: If you are using Mac OS X 10.7 Lion that came with your computer and you have not obtained the Lion disc image you will need to use the Lion Internet Recovery Mode
  9. Erase install Mac OS X to the new disk, restore from your Time Machine backup/backup clone or migrate from your old drive in an external case

Using Your Old Disk In An External Case

  1. Obtain an external 3.5" SATA disk case or dock
  2. Install your old hard disk in the external case or connect it to the dock
  3. Erase install Mac OS X on your new boot disk
  4. At the account setup stage create an account with user name and password "setup"
  5. Go Macintosh HD > Applications > Utilities > Migration Assistant
  6. Connect the external case/dock with your old disk in it to your computer
  7. In the Migration Assistant follow the on screen instructions and at the Migration Method stage select "From a Time Machine backup or other disk"
  8. Transfer your user account(s), applications and system settings as required
  9. Wait for the migration to complete
  10. NOTE: Be patient as the migration could take a long time especially if your old disk was large and/or you are using a USB connection.
  11. Once the migration has been completed logout (Apple menu > logout) and login with your usual user account.
  12. Test everything is working okay on your new boot disk and in your usual user account
  13. Now make a new up-to-date backup or clone your new boot disk
  14. Go to Apple menu > System Preferences > System > Accounts (or Users & Groups in Lion) > select the "setup" account on the left > click the "-" button to delete the account and choose the "Delete the home folder"
  15. If you are going to reuse the old disk format/partition it as required
  16. If you are going to sell the old disk or give it to someone else securely erase it first

3.5" SATA disks

NOTE: Special information on using drives that are larger than 2TB.
NOTE: Special information on using Advanced Format Technology (AFT) drives.
: Large capacity hard disks (those over 4TB in size) may have differently positioned screw holes and sizes so may not fit all Apple computers - please check any products, screws, sleds and/or mounting brackets before purchasing such drives.
  • Hitachi Deskstar 7Kxxxx series bare drives 7200rpm
    • Hitachi Deskstar 7K2000 2TB (part code = HDS722020ALA330) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
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    • Hitachi Deskstar 7K4000 4TB (part code = HDS724040ALE640) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
  • Hitachi Deskstar 5Kxxxx series bare drives 5400rpm
    • Hitachi Deskstar 5K3000 1.5TB (part code = HDS5C3015ALA632) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Hitachi Deskstar 5K3000 2TB (part code = HDS5C3020ALA632) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Hitachi Deskstar 5K3000 3TB (part code = HDS5C3030ALA630) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Hitachi Deskstar 5K4000 4TB (part code = HDS5C4040ALE630) Buy it now at Amazon USA
  • Hitachi Deskstar internal drive kits
    • Hitachi Deskstar 2TB 7200rpm (part code = H3IK20003272SE)
    • Hitachi Deskstar 3TB 7200rpm (part code = H3IK30003272SE)
    • Hitachi Deskstar 4TB 7200rpm (part code = H3IK40003272SE) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Hitachi CoolSpin 2TB (part code = H3IK20003254SE)
    • Hitachi CoolSpin 3TB (part code = H3IK30003254SE)
    • Hitachi CoolSpin 4TB (part code = H3IK40003254SE)
  • Seagate BarraCuda 7200rpm 4K sector AFT
    • Seagate BarraCuda 2016 3.5" 4TB 4K sector/AFT (part code = ST4000DM005)
    • Seagate BarraCuda 2016 3.5" 3TB 4K sector/AFT (part code = ST3000DM008) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Seagate BarraCuda 2016 3.5" 2TB 4K sector/AFT (part code = ST2000DM006) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Seagate BarraCuda 2016 3.5" 1TB 4K sector/AFT (part code = ST1000DM010)
    • Seagate BarraCuda 2016 3.5" 500GB 4K sector/AFT (part code = ST500DM009) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
  • Seagate Desktop HDD.15 7200rpm 4K sector AFT version (formerly known as Barracuda)
    • Seagate Desktop HDD 3.5" 4TB 4K sector/AFT (part code = ST4000DM000) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Seagate Desktop HDD 3.5" 5TB 4K sector/AFT (part code = ST5000DM000) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Seagate Desktop HDD 3.5" 5TB 4K sector/AFT (part code = ST5000DM002) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Seagate Desktop HDD 3.5" 6TB 4K sector/AFT (part code = ST6000DM001) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Seagate Desktop HDD 3.5" 8TB 4K sector/AFT (part code = ST8000DM002) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
  • Seagate Desktop HDD 7200.14 7200rpm 4K sector AFT version (formerly known as Barracuda)
    • Seagate Desktop HDD 3.5" 250GB 4K sector/AFT (part code = ST250DM000) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Seagate Desktop HDD 3.5" 320GB 4K sector/AFT (part code = ST320DM000) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Seagate Desktop HDD 3.5" 500GB 4K sector/AFT (part code = ST500DM002) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Seagate Desktop HDD 3.5" 1TB 4K sector/AFT (part code = ST1000DM003) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Seagate Desktop HDD 3.5" 2TB 4K sector/AFT (part code = ST2000DM001) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Seagate Desktop HDD 3.5" 3TB 4K sector/AFT (part code = ST3000DM001) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
  • Seagate Desktop HDD 7200.12 7200rpm 512byte sector version (formerly known as Barracuda)
    • Seagate Desktop HDD 3.5" 160GB 7200.12 (part code = ST3160316AS) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Seagate Desktop HDD 3.5" 250GB 7200.12 (part code = ST3250312AS) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Seagate Desktop HDD 3.5" 320GB 7200.12 (part code = ST3320413AS) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Seagate Desktop HDD 3.5" 500GB 7200.12 (part code = ST3500413AS) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Seagate Desktop HDD 3.5" 750GB 7200.12 (part code = ST3750525AS) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Seagate Desktop HDD 3.5" 1TB 7200.12 (part code = ST31000524AS) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
  • Western Digital Caviar Black 7200rpm 4K sector/AFT
    • Western Digital Caviar Black 5TB 4K sector/AFT (part code = WD5001FZWX) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Western Digital Caviar Black 6TB 4K sector/AFT (part code = WD6001FZWX) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
  • Western Digital Caviar Black 7200rpm
    • Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB (part code = WD5003AZEX) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB (part code = WD1002FAEX) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Western Digital Caviar Black 1.5TB (part code = WD1502FAEX) Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB (part code = WD2002FAEX) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Western Digital Caviar Black 3TB (part code = WD3001FAEX) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Western Digital Caviar Black 4TB (part code = WD4001FAEX) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
  • Western Digital Caviar Green Intellipower (less platters)
    • Western Digital Caviar Green 500GB (part code = WD5000AZRX) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB (part code = WD10EZRX) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Western Digital Caviar Green 1.5TB (part code = WD15EZRX) Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB (part code = WD20EZRX) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB (part code = WD30EZRX) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Western Digital Caviar Green 4TB (part code = WD40EZRX) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Western Digital Caviar Green 5TB (part code = WD50EZRX) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Western Digital Caviar Green 6TB (part code = WD60EZRX) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
  • Western Digital Caviar Green Intellipower
    • Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB (part code = WD10EARX) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Western Digital Caviar Green 1.5TB (part code = WD15EARX) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB (part code = WD20EARX) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
  • Toshiba P300 7200rpm
    • Toshiba P300 500GB (part code = HDWD105EZSTA) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Toshiba P300 1TB (part code = HDWD110EZSTA) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Toshiba P300 2TB (part code = HDWD120EZSTA) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Toshiba P300 3TB (part code = HDWD130EZSTA) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
  • Toshiba X300 7200rpm
    • Toshiba X300 4TB 4K sector/AFT (part code = HDWE140EZSTA) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Toshiba X300 5TB 4K sector/AFT (part code = HDWE150EZSTA) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Toshiba X300 6TB 4K sector/AFT (part code = HDWE160EZSTA) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
  • Toshiba E300 low-power/extended performance
    • Toshiba E300 1TB 5700rpm (part code = HDWA110XZSTA) Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Toshiba E300 2TB 5700rpm (part code = HDWA120EZSTA) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Toshiba E300 3TB 5940rpm (part code = HDWA130EZSTA) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
: Large capacity hard disks (those over 4TB in size) may have differently positioned screw holes and sizes so may not fit all Apple computers - please check any products, screws, sleds and/or mounting brackets before purchasing such drives.

External 3.5" SATA disk cases

External 3.5" SATA docks

NOTE: Special information on using drives that are larger than 2TB.
Universal 2.5"/3.5" PATA/SATA Drive Docks and Connectors
NOTE: Special information on using drives that are larger than 2TB.
Thunderbolt Hard Drive Enclosures and Docks
NOTE: Special information on using drives that are larger than 2TB.

Authorised/Activated Software and/or Services

NOTE: If you know of any other Macintosh software that requires activation please contact us.

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