A 20-year-old Power Mac G4 received an M.2 SSD

Pierre Dandumont successfully installed an M.2 SSD in the 20-year-old Power Mac G4.

As details on its website, Dandumont first acquired a PCI-PCI Express adapter, as at the time of the release of the Power Mac G4, the now dominant bus existed on paper at most. He then inserted the Samsung SM951 SSD into the converter with a PCIe-M.2 adapter. However, this was not enough to succeed, as the Mac OS that came with the G4 did not recognize the drive, in response to which Dandumont installed the 2007 Mac OS X Leopard.

The experiment was crowned with success, after which the SSD was now available as an AHCI drive. As the tests have shown, the 32-bit and 33 MHz PCI buses significantly limit the drive’s transfer rate, which peaked at around 90 MB / s. The bigger problem is that although the SSD is accessible, unfortunately it is not possible to boot from it.


Source: HWSW Informatikai Hírmagazin by www.hwsw.hu.

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