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updating flash to support larger hard drive

Postby Michael » Sat, 30 Jul 2005 11:02:14 GMT


I have a g4/733 Quicksilver which I recently put a 160 GB hard drive 
into.  As promised elsewhere, I can only format for and access 128 GB.

I've read a little suggesting it might be possible to update the 
flash-stored programming in the chipset supporting ATA.  However, poking 
around in system profiler doesn't show me anything suggesting what that 
chipset might be.


1.  Is it possible, without a PC, to do so?

2.  even if I did, would I be able to access the remaining 32GB without 
reformatting?  I'd hate to have to go through the pain of using Carbon 
Copy Cloner to move stuff around again so that I can go through a full 
reformat of the disk.

links appreciated.



Re: updating flash to support larger hard drive

Postby Michael Vilain » Sat, 30 Jul 2005 14:20:31 GMT

In article <A6gGe.22225$HV1.13809@fed1read07>,

AFAIK, the 137GB limit for ATA disks isn't due to a fashable update.  
Rather, it's that the ATA interface on the motherboard only supports 
48-bit logical block addresses.  That's not fixable, AFAIK.  If you buy 
a more current PCI card it would allow you to address large disks.  But 
attached directly to the motherboard, you're limited to 137GB.

You can buy PCI card or a smaller disk.  It's your call.  But you can't 
update the hardware AFAIK.

DeeDee, don't press that button!  DeeDee!  NO!  Dee...

Re: updating flash to support larger hard drive

Postby Chu-en Ginsberg » Sun, 31 Jul 2005 00:21:48 GMT

You might try this:


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