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zoran
Jul 10, 2011, 05:01 PM
can an SSD drive be installed on a PowerbookG4?
and if so how can this be done?



simsaladimbamba
Jul 10, 2011, 05:05 PM
If you find (http://www.google.com/search?q=2.5%22%20pata%20ssd&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8#q=2.5%22+pata+ssd&hl=en&prmd=ivns&source=univ&tbm=shop&tbo=u&sa=X&ei=EyIaTr_MN8mQswbRusHdDw&ved=0CCAQrQQ&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&fp=1f8a88d52c3db0a9&biw=1762&bih=950) a 2.5" P-ATA (IDE) SSD, then it will work.
Look on iFixIt for guides on how to accomplish the upgrade.

zoran
Jul 10, 2011, 06:17 PM
If you find (http://www.google.com/search?q=2.5%22%20pata%20ssd&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8#q=2.5%22+pata+ssd&hl=en&prmd=ivns&source=univ&tbm=shop&tbo=u&sa=X&ei=EyIaTr_MN8mQswbRusHdDw&ved=0CCAQrQQ&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&fp=1f8a88d52c3db0a9&biw=1762&bih=950) a 2.5" P-ATA (IDE) SSD, then it will work.
Look on iFixIt for guides on how to accomplish the upgrade.
thanx but i have no idea what a 2.5" P-ATA (IDE) SSD is :o

simsaladimbamba
Jul 10, 2011, 06:22 PM
thanx but i have no idea what a 2.5" P-ATA (IDE) SSD is :o

That is why I linked to search results.
P-ATA is the interface for connecting HDDs and SSDs in G4 PowerBooks, S-ATA is the interface on all Intel MacBooks and MacBook Pros.
As SSDs offer faster speeds, they are preferred to use S-ATA as interface, as S-ATA is faster than P-ATA, thus not many P-ATA SSDs exist and they are quite small and expensive compared to their S-ATA brethren.
http://www.harddrivereport.com/pata_vs_ata_vs_sata_vs_ide.html

brycemason
Jul 10, 2011, 07:34 PM
The only PATA SSD worth looking at is the one made by OWC. I use a 240GB one and it's awesome.

http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/SSD/OWC/Mercury_Legacy_Pro

zoran
Jul 12, 2011, 08:52 AM
ok thanx guys now i got a better idea about them those two interfaces , but what about making the installation? any info on that, perhaps a video?

Nameci
Jul 12, 2011, 09:53 AM
I don't know what exact powerbook you have but this might help you out.

http://www.ifixit.com/Browse/PowerBook

brycemason
Jul 12, 2011, 10:13 AM
I followed that guide and had no trouble. If you've never taken apart a computer before it might be intimidating, especially because of the tight plastic seal clamping the top and bottom together. Go slowly, don't force much.

zoran
Jul 12, 2011, 04:22 PM
I don't know what exact powerbook you have but this might help you out.

http://www.ifixit.com/Browse/PowerBook
Ι have the G4 1.67GHz, Aluminum version, but i dont see any videos on this matter!

Nameci
Jul 12, 2011, 04:24 PM
You don't need a video, you can dl the pdf documentation.

OrangeSVTguy
Jul 13, 2011, 06:17 PM
Ι have the G4 1.67GHz, Aluminum version, but i dont see any videos on this matter!

That model is cake. Just remove the bottom cover and remove the screws holding the HDD caddy in. :D

You can also always use a Compact Flash memory card and the IDE>Comfact Flash adapter.

bizzle
Jul 13, 2011, 08:12 PM
That model is cake. Just remove the bottom cover and remove the screws holding the HDD caddy in. :D

You can also always use a Compact Flash memory card and the IDE>Comfact Flash adapter.

Eh? You have to take the top case off to get to the hard drive.

Also, Compact Flash to IDE adapter is going to be much much slower.

zoran
Jul 14, 2011, 02:57 AM
Eh? You have to take the top case off to get to the hard drive.

Also, Compact Flash to IDE adapter is going to be much much slower.
plz i need some pics to have a little guidance on this
and why will it be much slower? you think it wont be worth it? please tell me more!

Nameci
Jul 14, 2011, 08:30 AM
If you the non-hires model, try the link below. The ifixit.com tutorials are well documented and well described manual.

http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Repair/PowerBook-G4-Aluminum-15-Inch-1-5-1-67-GHz-Hard-Drive-Replacement/345/1