[X Newbies] Hard drive space

Randy B. Singer randy at macattorney.com
Wed Apr 21 00:11:53 PDT 2004

Jennifer Thomas said:

>  I have a year 2000 model iMac (version = 32.1) 350 Mhz, Power PC G3 
>Mac OSX 10.2.8.  I do not have firewire.
>My capacity hard drive space is 6.99 GB, but I'm down to 555.9 MB

I would expect your Mac to start acting flaky soon, if it isn't already.  
And even if you free up a bunch of hard drive space, I wouldn't expect 
that to help unless you defragment the hard drive also, using something 
like Norton SpeedDisk or Plus Optimizer from Alsoft.

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>Also, how large a hard drive can I install in my computer?

You can install any IDE (that is, parallel/ATA) 3.5-inch drive.  However, 
your iMac can only access up to 128GB, so there is no point in paying for 
a drive that is larger than that.

>Any other suggestions?

Ximeta now makes external hard drives that can connect via the Ethernet 
port that your iMac has, though they are more expensive than internal or 
FireWire drives.  This sort of drive should also allow you to access all 
of the capacity of the drive:


Randy B. Singer
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