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drewster
Sep 7, 2008, 07:37 PM
My G4 ibook (1ghz, 1.25GB RAM) has had it's second HD go on it, admittedly it is a 5 year machine now. However, I do like its form factor, and find that for typing notes in class it is ideal as on the lowest brightness and wifi off, I can get close to 6 hours of battery life out of a charge.

At this point I am considering simply going for a new Macbook, however they are a little larger, or perhaps a netbook of sorts, the new dell looks interesting and potentially trying to get OS X on it.

However, before I do so, I wanted to know if anyone has had any experience with a SSD in the ibook, was it worth it? Where did you get the SDD (particularly useful if they ship to canada).


Thanks in advance.



Beric
Sep 7, 2008, 08:21 PM
Seriously, a SDD would probably cost more than your laptop itself is worth.

Aren't you better off just getting an entirely new laptop?

Skeletal-dæmon
Sep 7, 2008, 08:32 PM
I think drew's right when he says about the form factor of the iBook being perfect for taking quick notes, the MacBook whilst for me is perfect I can see being a bit of a jump for somebody unused to it.

As for going SSD, its probably not worth it. Find a replacement drive from a reputable source and install it. Until SSDs drop significantly in price I'm sticking with mechanical.

sushi
Sep 7, 2008, 08:37 PM
SSDs are still pretty expensive right now.

Personally, I would just get a new HD and make sure I do backups.

Vulcan
Sep 7, 2008, 08:47 PM
Seriously, a SDD would probably cost more than your laptop itself is worth.

Aren't you better off just getting an entirely new laptop?

Completely agreed, and it wouldn't do much to its resale value if you ever need to sell it, people will look for solid slate MacBook Airs, Pro, etc, but rarely iBooks.

I recommend to just get a normal hard drive.

OrangeSVTguy
Sep 8, 2008, 10:30 AM
You can get a smaller 16-32gb CF(CompactFlash) memory card and a 2.5" IDE to CF adapter for relativly cheap. You will have an almost completely silent laptop not to mention cooler and will extend the battery life even more too. But you give up storage capactiy. Install your stock drive in an external enclosure for your storage needs. For just a note taking laptop anyways, 16gb will be plenty.

xJulianx
Sep 8, 2008, 11:50 AM
http://www.eurowide-pc.co.uk/peak-32gb-flash-drive-xtreme2-200x-retail-p-30510.html
Thats extremely cheap, my friend has one for his eeepc.

I know that price is in sterling but I'm sure you can find one at a similar price in Canada

robbieduncan
Sep 8, 2008, 11:52 AM
IBooks are PATA and pretty much every SSD I've seen is SATA...

theMaccer
Sep 8, 2008, 12:35 PM
IBooks are PATA and pretty much every SSD I've seen is SATA...

Does that mean I can put an SSD in my Macbook?

Here I found a reasonably priced 32GB SSD for $99.

http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=10009190&prodlist=celebros

robbieduncan
Sep 8, 2008, 12:49 PM
Does that mean I can put an SSD in my Macbook?

Here I found a reasonably priced 32GB SSD for $99.

http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=10009190&prodlist=celebros

Yes, although 32Gb is pretty small.

theMaccer
Sep 8, 2008, 01:40 PM
Yes, although 32Gb is pretty small.

What about a 64GB for $195?:p

64GB SSD (http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=10009189&prodlist=celebros)

robbieduncan
Sep 8, 2008, 01:54 PM
What about a 64GB for $195?:p

64GB SSD (http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=10009189&prodlist=celebros)

Only you can decide how small you can go. Personally I'd need 256Gb (or more).

bigandy
Sep 8, 2008, 01:58 PM
What about a 64GB for $195?:p

64GB SSD (http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=10009189&prodlist=celebros)

Both of those you linked are SATA drives and will not work in an iBook.

Here's a PATA one (http://www.memorysuppliers.com/mydigitalssd-2-5-pata-ide-mlc-ssd-solid-state-drive-32gb-mdssd32mlc-i.html).

robbieduncan
Sep 8, 2008, 02:03 PM
Both of those you linked are SATA drives and will not work in an iBook.

Read the whole thread. I said that most SSDs where SATA and then this guy started asking about MacBooks :p