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Old Jan 11, 2011, 02:22 PM   #1
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Is it possible to upgrade my ibook hdd

i have a 2006 ibook g4 with a very small hdd... i want to swap it out to a larger hdd possibly 500gb hdd or something big. keep in mind i have 1.5gb of ram(if that helps).. wat r the down sides if i install it?
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Old Jan 11, 2011, 02:26 PM   #2
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14" iBook HDD Replacement: http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Repair/I...lacement/731/1
12" iBook HDD Replacement: http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Repair/I...lacement/703/1

You need a P-ATA (IDE) 2.5" HDD, though 320GB seems to be the maximum: http://eshop.macsales.com/Search/Sea...Price|0&N=6885

The downside is taking apart the iBook, which is not an easy feat.
The RAM (1.5GB) has nothing to do with being able (or not) to upgrade your HDD.
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Old Jan 11, 2011, 03:43 PM   #3
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awesome thanx but wats the down side of going with a higher hdd?? and wats the down side if i go higher then 320bg
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Old Jan 11, 2011, 03:46 PM   #4
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awesome thanx but wats the down side of going with a higher hdd?? and wats the down side if i go higher then 320bg
I don't know of a downside, except maybe less battery life, but since 320GB might be the biggest 2.5" P-ATA HDD out there (take a look), there is no way to get a bigger HDD than that.
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Old Jan 11, 2011, 04:12 PM   #5
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there is another thing to consider and thats the height !! some 2.5" drives are higher which means not enough cooling for the harddrive which could lead to a early death of the same because of the airflow inside the iBook
i would just use a external drive for storing data and leave the internal just for the OS and apps then you can use a firewire 7200rpm drive with 1.5 terabyte
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awesome thanx guys!!!
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Old Jan 11, 2011, 06:45 PM   #7
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I thought G4s had a limit of 120 Gb for an internal HDD, or is that just for the older G4s?
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Old Jan 12, 2011, 05:56 PM   #8
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I thought G4s had a limit of 120 Gb for an internal HDD, or is that just for the older G4s?
Just the Pre-2002 Quicksilvers.

Don't know if it'll fit but you can get a 500gb SATA HDD and use a SATA>IDE adapter.
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Old Jan 12, 2011, 06:17 PM   #9
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another option:

buy a ssd ide drive (lots of different ways of going about this)

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Delectronics&field-keywords=ide+ssd&x=0&y=0

use it for osx (nice and fast)...and use a external drive for your files....
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another option:

buy a ssd ide drive (lots of different ways of going about this)

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Delectronics&field-keywords=ide+ssd&x=0&y=0

use it for osx (nice and fast)...and use a external drive for your files....
As those SSDs are costing a fortune (32GB MLC for 130 USD) and Firewire 400 is the fastest interface for external HDDs, a fast HDD would be cheaper though.
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