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Macman756
Nov 21, 2008, 03:47 PM
Hey,

I have a 12" Powerbook g4 1.5Ghz and it has the stock 80GB HD. I really want a bigger one, what is the largest I can put in it? Also, which drive do you recommend? I was hoping a 250GB? I don't want to do it if I can only do like a 120GB. Has anyone done like a 320GB? Thanks



clyde2801
Nov 21, 2008, 03:59 PM
Geez, what kind of connection does it use? It may be too old to use SATA. Is it ATA?

jaeger19604
Nov 21, 2008, 04:02 PM
http://www.ifixit.com/Apple-Parts/250-GB-5400-RPM-Western-Digital-ATA-Hard-Drive-New/IF107-052

MasterNile
Nov 21, 2008, 04:05 PM
You will need a 2.5" ATA hard drive that's 9.5MM tall, the biggest size is 250GB, here (http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Western%20Digital/WD2500BEVE/)'s the only one I found from OWC that matches

TheReef
Nov 21, 2008, 04:09 PM
Be sure to keep note of where each screw goes when disassembling!!
There are heaps!!

Macman756
Nov 21, 2008, 04:38 PM
You will need a 2.5" ATA hard drive that's 9.5MM tall, the biggest size is 250GB, here (http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Western%20Digital/WD2500BEVE/)'s the only one I found from OWC that matches

Ya, this is the only ATA-6 newegg has. The WD Scorpio. Well, newegg is $75 so not too bad. Is this a really tough job? Thanks

panzer06
Nov 22, 2008, 06:40 AM
Ya, this is the only ATA-6 newegg has. The WD Scorpio. Well, newegg is $75 so not too bad. Is this a really tough job? Thanks

Not too bad, just keep track of all the screws.

Macman756
Nov 23, 2008, 04:22 PM
Here is the drive I am looking at:

WD Scorpio 250GB

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136159


Will this work?

Kaupa
Nov 23, 2008, 05:19 PM
As I have just bought me a 12" PB too, this question does also interest me. There are some adapters from ata to s-ata, would it be possible to get one in there to install a 7200 sata drive? or is the space in there too tight?

Macman756
Nov 23, 2008, 07:12 PM
I would love an ATA-Sata converter. Goodbye 80GB Hello 1TB!!!!!!
That would probably get really hot

emt377
Nov 23, 2008, 07:12 PM
Is this a really tough job? Thanks
I swapped the drive in my PB G4 15" a few years back and the only tricky part was getting the top back on properly. If I remember correctly it had a what looked like a shielding flange around the edge, which had to be carefully aligned or it wouldn't fit.

If you're reasonably handy the PB G4 should be a breeze though. Just give yourself plenty of time so you don't feel a need to rush.

munckee
Nov 23, 2008, 07:34 PM
I did this replacement on a 1.33 12" a few months ago. Not difficult at all, just be very meticulous (as others have said). I had the ifixit manual open on another computer in front of me. Each step's screws came out and got taped to a post-it note labeled with the step number and then put in chronological order on the desk next to me. Just reversed the post-its putting it back together and it was a breeze. Took about an hour start to finish.

moleary77
Dec 2, 2008, 10:32 AM
Does anything need to be done to the drive before replacing? Format/copy old content etc. how does that work. Is it able to start up with the new drive?

alphaod
Dec 2, 2008, 10:38 AM
Here is the drive I am looking at:

WD Scorpio 250GB

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136159


Will this work?

That's the one.

drewsof07
Dec 2, 2008, 12:09 PM
Does anything need to be done to the drive before replacing? Format/copy old content etc. how does that work. Is it able to start up with the new drive?
boot from your install dvd and format the drive using disk utility before installing OS X.

moleary77
Dec 2, 2008, 02:37 PM
Thank you very much.