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Subject: Re: Putting an SSD in a Macintosh 5400/180

Nathan Vos
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Date Posted: 13:48:23 12/31/15 Thu
In reply to: Jeremy Mitchell 's message, "Re: Putting an SSD in a Macintosh 5400/180" on 02:23:07 12/20/15 Sun

Thank you for the response. I was considering an option like that, but the 5400 only has one PCI slot and I wanted to use that for ethernet or usb (which I later got a CommSlot II ethernet card on ebay for about 10 dollars to free up the PCI and a Keyspan 1.1 usb card to fit the PCI later - I had a ethernet card in the pci slot originally). Anyway, I had seen those on OWC and was considering that route as I was out of ideas. I was even thinking of buying an SSD with IDE, but they were far more expensive than a SATA SSD. What I did though was so simple I never thought about it before. For about 5 dollars I bought an IDE to SATA adapter. It was a green circuit board that plugged into the SSD's data and power slots and the other side plugged into the IDE ribbon and the 4 pin molex where the hard drive was installed. I then put in the Mac OS 9.1 install disc and booted from it (I think you press the C button on the keyboard until it boots from CD), formatted the drive to HFS Extended, and installed OS 9.1 on the SSD. I couldn't believe it worked. The computer is a lot quicker too. Then with a IDE to USB adapter, I transferred what I wanted off of the 1.2 GB hard drive. I miss the old and loud hard drive sound (the kind of sound that new hard drives don't sound like) but I know now that the computer can continue to live for years to come. Plus, did I mention it is not as painfully slow?

Also, Mr. Koons responded to an email I had sent to his old website 6400 Zone regarding this matter. I think I copied it and pasted it to this forum. Nice guy and very informative.

Let me know how that card worked though, it looked cool.

-Nathan Vos

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