View Full Version : Aluminum G4 Powerbook hard drive

Feb 2, 2010, 12:54 PM
Hi everyone,

I have an old powerbook g4 aluminum (2005?) mac that has a dead hard drive. It originally died just over a year ago and has been gathering dust since then. I took it to the apple shop, who said my extended 3 year guarantee had expired (by 1 month) and I had to pay 200 for a new hard drive. Screw that, so I went out I brought an imac desktop. Now I want to repair it myself, get a new hard drive, battery, charger and upgrade the RAM. I know the hard drive is an 80gb, but not too sure where I can get a replacement. I believe it is an IDE but they seem few and far between.

I have no issues doing the swap over myself, as I have opened up various PCs and games consoles in the past and I know what I am doing. I am just not that great at choosing the "correct" parts.

BTW, the problem with it is that when I turn it on its just a grey screen with that ever so loved spiny wheel, and does not boot into the OS.

I just want to make sure I get the right hard drive, not bothered if its an 80gb or slightly higher. Its purely for using the internet for.

Thanks guys

Feb 2, 2010, 02:12 PM
Any Parallel ATA (PATA) 2.5" drive should work. It sounds like you're in the UK, though, so I can't recommend any particular vendor to buy from.

Feb 2, 2010, 03:53 PM
80 GB PATA laptop drives are $40. Very cheap. You can get as high as 320 GB these days in a PATA laptop drive.