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Noctilux.95
Apr 25, 2013, 02:46 PM
Can someone recommend a reliable IDE 2.5" HD (at least 60-80gb) for my Powerbook G4? The current one is going bad.

Thanks!

PS: My budget is less than $50



eyoungren
Apr 25, 2013, 04:22 PM
Can someone recommend a reliable IDE 2.5" HD (at least 60-80gb) for my Powerbook G4? The current one is going bad.

Thanks!

PS: My budget is less than $50
With that budget, I think your only choice is eBay. Newegg has one Wesrtern Digital PATA laptop drive and it's $129. Amazon has a few WD drives, but they are double your budget.

Western Digital makes the Scorpio Blue line. 5400rpm, but the cache makes them seem faster. Good drives and they come in 80GB, 120GB, 160GB, 250GB and 320GB. I have the 320GB and my wife has the 250GB.

You might be able to find a good price for a used/refurb one on eBay. Note that no one makes a PATA notebook drive larger than 320GB anymore.

Intell
Apr 25, 2013, 05:04 PM
Note that no one makes a PATA notebook drive larger than 320GB anymore.

No one makes PATA drives anymore at all. All that's left on the market is new old stock left over from WD. WD themselves haven't made them in a few years.

Noctilux.95
Apr 25, 2013, 05:09 PM
No one makes PATA drives anymore at all. All that's left on the market is new old stock left over from WD. WD themselves haven't made them in a few years.


Would this work? link below my PowerBook is a 15" 1ghz G4 (5,2)

http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-ST980815A-80GB-5400rpm-Drive/dp/B000H4WKWK/ref=pd_cp_pc_1

Intell
Apr 25, 2013, 05:11 PM
Yes that drive will work.

eyoungren
Apr 25, 2013, 06:23 PM
No one makes PATA drives anymore at all. All that's left on the market is new old stock left over from WD. WD themselves haven't made them in a few years.
That's right. You told me that in another thread.

WD must have had a lot of stock though! I say that because I bought my 320 in 2009 at Frys Electronics, I got my wife's 250 in 2011 at Best Buy and I still see the WD stock for sale.

Intell
Apr 25, 2013, 07:04 PM
Large stock with a small demand makes for a long lived new old stock status. Even Amazon has some 2.5" PATA Seagates listed as new and those haven't been made in an even longer time than the WD drives.

eyoungren
Apr 25, 2013, 08:27 PM
Large stock with a small demand makes for a long lived new old stock status. Even Amazon has some 2.5" PATA Seagates listed as new and those haven't been made in an even longer time than the WD drives.
True, and wow (the Seagates)!

Cox Orange
Apr 30, 2013, 07:00 PM
I saw WD3200BEVE drives (the biggest one of the one we are talking about) with manufacturing date from 2011...

at OP: all 2,5" IDE drives that do not exceed height of 9mm are ok. The fastest, coolest and quietest is both the WD3200BEVE and the Samsung HM160HC, -HJ, -HI. One of them Samsungs has one platter design and is the one that is as fast as the WD scorpio blue 320GB (which has two 160GB platters). I find the Samsung a bit quieter as the WD, but that might only be the one I have, because the WD allready had a high number of power on hours. Also sound experience is subjective.

Giuly
Apr 30, 2013, 08:10 PM
I'd just install a 64GB KingSpec SSD (http://amzn.to/Yfp2xf) for $15 more rather than the 60GB hard drive. The PowerBook is slow enough already.