On 2004-09-13 09:03, in article ci45t5$s2m$ XXXX@XXXXX.COM ,
Caveat: my experience with this has been entirely centered around getting
my personal Beige PowerMac G3/G4 to work, so I don't know a lot about older
systems than that. However, there are excellent support forums on the OWC
web site for discussions about all the variations that XPF supports - the
cost is the $25 it takes to become a registered user of XPF. Note that you
can use XPF for free for as long as you want -- you just can't access the
support forums with out registering.
That being said, my biggest concern would be whether or not your video
card driver is supported. But, if you can spare the $25, I'd use the XPF
My Beige G4 has a 20Gigabyte drive on it, which it boots just fine. My
understanding is that if your OS X drive is not partitioned so that the boot
code is located within the 8Gbyte limit, then you can have problems. Note
that for me, it is no problem to boot into OS 9.2.2 even though my 9.2.2
partition is above the 8 Gbyte limit, as the boot process goes to the built
in ROM first -- which appears to be capable of accessing the entire hard
However, to boot into OS X (indeed, to *install it*) I need to have
everything under the 8 Gbyte limit.
XPF does support the notion of a "helper" disk -- a disk that you can have
that is within the acceptable limitations and gets enough code stashed to
allow OS X to boot off of your "real" disk. The code that gets put there is
XPF specific boot code, so you don't need (AFAIK) OS install CDs even. This
code includes support for the older video cards.
XPF will not format your drive -- you need to use disk utility (under OS
X) or drive setup (under OS 9) to do that. Nor will XPF copy your data for
you. However, if your machine is capable of handling two drives -- and you
have the install CDs for Jaguar or Panther -- you *could* install OS X onto
the 6 Gbyte drive (which would be the primary on your IDE chain, if that's
what you use) and then just access the data on the 8.6 Gbyte drive.