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kkachurak
Jan 2, 2008, 03:50 PM
Crazy thought.

Once I buy my new Mini, I'm planning on cracking in to it to upgrade the HD and RAM straight away.

But then I thought, will the Superdrive I currently have in my 12" Powerbook G4 Aluminum work in the Mini?

It would save me some $$$ if I could buy the 1.83ghz and go without the Superdrive and then just swap optical drives between the two machines.

Will this work?



Eric Lewis
Jan 2, 2008, 07:16 PM
Crazy thought.

Once I buy my new Mini, I'm planning on cracking in to it to upgrade the HD and RAM straight away.

But then I thought, will the Superdrive I currently have in my 12" Powerbook G4 Aluminum work in the Mini?

It would save me some $$$ if I could buy the 1.83ghz and go without the Superdrive and then just swap optical drives between the two machines.

Will this work?

the drive in the powerbook is much smaller then the mac mini

kkachurak
Jan 2, 2008, 09:55 PM
Actually, since the Mac Mini and the Powerbook G4 12 inch are built using laptop parts and technology, I feel almost confident that the two optical drives are similar in physical size.

Infact, when I cracked into my Powerbook G4 12", I poked around and the optical drives for sale on the Internet for the Mac Mini look almost identical to the drive I saw in my powerbook.

I guess what I'm really getting at is, is their a difference in the interface?

I know that my Powerbook G4 uses ATA technology to interface with the HD and the Intel Mac Mini uses SATA. Same thing with the optical drives?

tefleming
Jan 3, 2008, 08:52 AM
I know that my Powerbook G4 uses ATA technology to interface with the HD and the Intel Mac Mini uses SATA. Same thing with the optical drives?

According to OWC, Mac Mini uses the same optical drives as "Late 2005 Powerbooks"

Link: http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Panasonic/MMINISL8XDL/

So, maybe it will work