Introduction

The Power Mac G4 MDD Uses a removable cage supporting up to two IDE SuperDrives.

Parts

No parts required.

  1. The Power Mac G4 MDD: the last, and the fastest G4-based Mac.  This computer boasted up to a Dual 1.42GHz PowerPC G4 CPU (though I have a single 1.25GHz).
    • The Power Mac G4 MDD: the last, and the fastest G4-based Mac. This computer boasted up to a Dual 1.42GHz PowerPC G4 CPU (though I have a single 1.25GHz).

    • Six USB ports.

    • Four FireWire ports.

    • Assorted SCSI (SCSI50/SCSI68)

    • Assorted Audio

    • Video (ADC & DVI)

    • Networking (RJ-45 Ethernet/56k Modem)

    • Some later model MDD's (such as the dual 1.42GHz) Have a FireWire 800 Port Here:

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  2. Pull on the side lever and lower the side of the case.
    • Pull on the side lever and lower the side of the case.

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    • The hard drive cages are located here.

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    • Cage 1

    • Start by removing this screw.

    • Remove the IDE ribbon cable from the motherboard.

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    • Now, remove the power connecton from the drives.

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    • Now, push this tab down, and pull the cage towared you.

    • Now, you can set cage 1 aside.

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    • Cage 2:

    • Remove this Phillips screw:

    • Disconnect this IDE ribbon cable from the logic board.

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    • It's likely that there is a cable clip holding the ribbon cable to the case.

    • To remove it, push the end, and it should pop up.

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    • With the clip free, pull on this tab, lift the cage up, until it clicks, and pull it away.

    • Now, set the cage on top of the CPU, and remove the power connectors.

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    • Once the cables are free, set the drive cage aside.

    • To remove the hard drives from the cages, remove the four screws on the sides of the cage that are connected to the drives, than slide the drives out.

    • The two cages are cross compatible and can be put in either rack.

    • The MDD does not have a 128GB drive limit like older macs, My MDD has 3 Drives (A 400GB Hitatchi Deskstar, 40GB Seagate Baracuda 7200.7, and a 30GB Quantum Fireball LCT).

    • Note the ID jumpers on the two drive set. One is set to Master, the other to slave. A single drive can be set to Cable Select.

    Thanks - excellent tutorial!

    Question: If you have a single internal drive, and a connected extrenal drive via firewire or usb, what jumper setting should be set for the internal drive and the external drive? Booting into Mac OS 9 natively (not via Classic) on the internal drive seems to be sensitive to the jumper settings and I’m having issues getting it to work.

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    I ran my MDD with 3-750GB IDE HD’s. When they got flakey I replaced them with 2TB SATA drives in the back cage with a cheap SATA to PATA adapter and they formatted out to 1.8TB. I then cloned (CCC) the boot drive to one of the 1.8TB drives. It boots to the new drive and every thing seems to operate like normal. I don’t know how big we can go but we know that a MDD will handle at least 2TB HD’s and I have 5TB in my iMac 15,1

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    • Start removing the optical drive cage by removing the back cover.

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    • Now, remove the IDE and power cables.

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    • Remove these two Phillips screws:

    • Now, pull the cage away from the front until it is free.

    • Now, lift the cage out.

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    • To remove the drive from the cage, remove the four screws on the side of the drive, and pull the drive out of the cage.

    • My MDD has a 3rd Party 22X SuperDrive, for burning DVD's in Leopard (Thank You Generic Drive Support!)

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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In the Sacramento FATP factory we used to call this the 'media can' in previous models because there were other drives such as ZIP and JAZZ drives available, until this and the one just prior which only had optical drive options, so it became the 'optical cage'

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