View Full Version : Hard drive for Mac Powerbook G4 Aluminum

Feb 14, 2010, 06:35 AM
Hi all,

I got a Mac Powerbook G4 aluminum, purchased in 2005. The hard drive has now gone and I am not paying apple the sum of 200 to get it repaired. I have repaired various computers before and I am confident in my ability to do this as well. Anyway, I need to know what type of hard drive I need to purchase to swap this over. It's an 80GB as far as I know, and I am sure it is an IDE ATA.

I have found this:-


Would that be the hard drive i Would need and is it fully compatible?

Would appreciate any help on this :D

Feb 14, 2010, 06:53 AM
This one seems like a slightly better deal


Feb 14, 2010, 06:55 AM
Yes, that drive will work.

But you can also install bigger (more GBs) and faster HDDs if you want, you are not bound to the same capacity and RPM.

Feb 14, 2010, 08:42 AM
As posted above, you can find a much better drive for just a little more (see the link below, which is for OWC, and I am sure there are other vendors too.)
Be sure you get an ATA drive (PATA) not an SATA (serial ATA), as the later won't work in that model.
Link (all one line):