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frozencarbonite
Jan 25, 2008, 11:43 PM
I'm wanting to upgrade my 80gig hdd to something bigger. I understand that I have to use an ATA 6 (ATA100) interface. I'd like to get a 7200rpm drive if possible. I'd also like something like a 200gig capacity. The problem is finding that combination in a hard drive. Not many out there.

Does anyone know of any good places to look? I'll probably have to go with a 5400rpm drive. I hate to lose that speed, but I'd rather have a larger capacity.



gr8tfly
Jan 25, 2008, 11:47 PM
I just bought a 250GB Western Digital PATA from OWC (Otherworld Computing) for $149 (for :apple:tv). Should work fine in PB.

The next drive down looks to be Hitachi, Seagate or WD 160GB, 5400RPM. I had the Hitachi in my 17" PB 1.67. 200GB 7200 is only available in SATA versions.

Newegg is another place to look.

OrangeSVTguy
Jan 25, 2008, 11:50 PM
here are 2 options on ebay:
both are new and come with external enclosures. just swap this with your pb hdd to use as external or backup.

160gb 7200rpm - $105 shipped (http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-160GB-USB2-0-Laptop-2-5-External-7200RPM-Hard-Drive_W0QQitemZ150209167587QQihZ005QQcategoryZ116254QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem)

80gb 7200rpm - $65 shipped (http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-80GB-USB-2-0-Laptop-2-5-External-7200RPM-Hard-Drive_W0QQitemZ130192501815QQihZ003QQcategoryZ116254QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem)

i plan to get the 80gb for my ibook g3

matthewHUB
Jan 26, 2008, 01:30 AM
don't get the extra speed.

My 80gb 5400 in a PB 12" 1ghz went all screwy so i bought a 160gb 7200 drive. My computer now sleeps uncontrollably whenever i do something intensive. i think it's overheating due to the increased rpm. i deal with it but it's annoying.

iSaint
Jan 26, 2008, 08:14 AM
I want to upgrade my PB so bad, but I have a year left on my AppleCare.

djinn
Jan 26, 2008, 08:17 AM
I want to upgrade my PB so bad, but I have a year left on my AppleCare.

You can upgrade your HDD without voiding your warranty. Apple just won't cover your new HDD if it fails. And if you are that worried you can just swap out the drives if you have to take your laptop in for any problems, other then a problem with your HDD.

frozencarbonite
Jan 27, 2008, 03:50 PM
You can upgrade your HDD without voiding your warranty. Apple just won't cover your new HDD if it fails. And if you are that worried you can just swap out the drives if you have to take your laptop in for any problems, other then a problem with your HDD.

I did not know that. I waited until mine ran out.

matthewHUB
Jan 27, 2008, 03:57 PM
anyone got any ideas as to how i can stop my PB g4 sleeping uncontrollably? see my post above....