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jat543
Jan 24, 2008, 08:35 PM
Hey guys, I just purchased an old powerbook g4 12 incher as a backup/fool around laptop (I use a MBP 2.4 4gig) for my main one and i was thinking what i could do to spice it up a little, so i thought about swapping the old HD for a 64 gig SSD. I was wondering if the SSD would fit and connect properly (i know it uses SATA but im not sure what the 12 inch uses). Anybody happen to know the answer?



akindy
Jan 24, 2008, 10:03 PM
The 12" Powerbook G4 uses IDE, not SATA for it's hard drive.

TimJim
Jan 24, 2008, 10:09 PM
The 12" Powerbook G4 uses IDE, not SATA for it's hard drive.

It uses Ultra ATA (UATA)

akindy
Jan 24, 2008, 11:16 PM
It uses Ultra ATA (UATA)

IDE, ATA, UATA... You say Tomato I say... tomato?
lol

applecultvictim
Jul 10, 2009, 08:35 AM
I am really interested in that too, can it be done by

a. an adaptor from ata to sata?

b. an ata ssd?

c. any other way someone might come up with even taking the damn combo drive out.

HEHYYYYY guysss

patrixl
Jul 10, 2009, 08:56 AM
Some quick googling revealed to me this IDE SSD

http://www.powerbookmedic.com/xcart1/product.php?productid=17249

applecultvictim
Jul 10, 2009, 09:31 AM
great find there patrix, was wondering though about the speed of this thing, as speed and reliability vary vastly between ssd to ssd to the extend that you might be even better off with an hd instead, still a good find that we ll have to look into it to see how it goes.

Any other reason why it would not work with the powerbook:confused:?

Can you guys find the specs for this transcend ssd?

applecultvictim
Jul 10, 2009, 09:44 AM
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&item=310147257082

this ata to sata baby might help.

Lounge Deluxe
Jul 10, 2009, 11:36 AM
Some quick googling revealed to me this IDE SSD

http://www.powerbookmedic.com/xcart1/product.php?productid=17249

These Transend ssd's tend to be extremely slow, so I wouldn't spend my money on them.

If it must be a ssd then look for a Mtron Mobi 3025, they're build with SLC and perform very well (my Mac Mini has a 32GB one installed).

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&item=310147257082

this ata to sata baby might help.

I don't think there's any room in a PowerBook for such an adapter.

applecultvictim
Jul 12, 2009, 05:29 PM
won't it fit if you remove the combo drive?

anyone else here modded it?

btw, I ve heard bad stuff about the transcend too.