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Nov 19, 2008, 11:15 PM

in my desperate attempt to save my powerbook g4 from demise, i've ordered as much ram as the powerbook can have, and a 250gb IDE drive. question is, when i pop the new drive in, must i format it to mac? if so, how do i do it?

the attempt here is to start fresh with leopard on the powerbook. i've got the leopard retail dvd and i want to know if it's as simple as plugging the new hdd in, popping in leopard and doing an install. sounds too simple?

thanks a lot! want to feel good before i take apart anything. :D

Nov 19, 2008, 11:41 PM
Once you get the new drive installed you can format it using Disk Utility. If you boot off the Leopard install DVD you can find the program under the Utilities menu. Once you setup a partition on the new drive, close out Disk Utility and finish the install process.

Nov 20, 2008, 10:07 AM
you mean i can format the new drive using the new drive?? :eek: i'm a bit confused but don't you need to format the drive first to use it?

Nov 20, 2008, 10:11 AM
insert the leopard dvd, and you can run disk utility from there to format the new drive.

Nov 24, 2008, 06:52 PM
insert the leopard dvd, and you can run disk utility from there to format the new drive.

thanks :)
i shall try.

Nov 25, 2008, 07:38 AM
You might be careful...that drive will generate more heat than your original, I've read that PB's really don't handle higher than 120gb nicely from a heat standpoint.

Just FYI.

Nov 25, 2008, 08:24 AM
I just completed the installation of a 250GB hard drive in a similar notebook last week.
1. Backup drive to external drive or backup selected data only.
2. Removed hard drive as per instructions from fixit website
3. Installed new 250GB drive
4. Inserted Tiger in DVD drive, (for some reason Leopard would not install, dont know why yet), Used Disk Utility Menu that appears during boot process to initialise new drive
5. Copied data back from old drive using external SATA/IDE to USB adapter
6. Removed DVD booted from new drive

On my first attempt the notebook did not see the new drive.
I opened inotebook back up and diconnected the ahrd drive then remade it again, it worked thereafter.
I have not noticed any extra heat being generated.
The external firewire drive I used to backup 80G, to got very hot.

Dec 29, 2008, 02:13 PM
I was reading this thread and have been thinking of doing the same upgrades with my powerbook G4. However, is there a way to "image" or "save" my OS with all of the apps and transfer it to the new HD? I am currently running Mac OS X version 10.4.11. Do I also need to upgrade my OS?

current system specs:
Powerbook G4 aluminum 15"
1.67 GHz PowerPC G4
80g HDD
Mac OSX 10.4.11

Potential upgrade:
250 gb HD

Dec 29, 2008, 02:30 PM
An easy way to make the transition would be to install your old hard disk into a firewire enclosure that you can boot from, and install the new drive into the powerbook. Then boot the PowerBook from the firewire drive, and use disk utility to format the new drive. (give it a name like "new drive" or something, to avoid confusion.) Then use a utility like SuperDuper (my preferred one) or Carbon Copy Cloner to copy your data. Once that gets done, shut the machine down, unhook the firewire drive, and you should be able to boot from the new drive. Everything should work really well.

It's also a good way to copy one setup to a bunch of different macs for a computer lab.