Forgive the elementary nature of the question. Just took delivery of a Quad G5 for our brandy new teleproduction facility. In setting up the mac and loading FCP, there appparently is no media drive in the box (G5). All I see is the system HD on the desktop. Correct me but you can’t put media on the same drive as the application? Either an external or internal sata should have been ordered when they bought it. Not being Mactized yet, My new boss thinks I’m nuts.
Yes, you should have ordered it with two 250G internals. You may need to return it or hire a cert’d technician to install it without voiding the warranty. You may also need a new internal drive card, dunno for sure. Whatever you’re doing, stop, and call whoever you purchased it from.
This is my standard sigfile so do not take it personally: “For crying out loud, read the freakin’ manual.”
I’d strongly recommend using an external SATA array for storage that allows hot-swapping.
— Won’t further tax the cooling system of the G5
— Easy to swap drives for different major projects or clients
— Easy to add drives to expand the system’s capacity and speed
— Lowest price per gigabyte in the long run
Check out four-channel SATA cards and drive housing systems from Firmtek and Sonnett. I personally have a Firmtek system that works very well. However, there are newer systems available that will handle four drives on a single cable, rather than four seperate cables. Simplifies the mess in back of the computer.
Thanks for all the feedback, I’ll probably go with external raid by G-tech. You’re right I AM nuts. You spend 5 years in a high school you would be too. Thank God that’s over…college kids aren’t much better though.