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Old Mar 21, 2006, 06:39 PM   #1
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Needing recommendations for Powerbook HD

My 15" Powerbook Super Drive is giving up the ghost. I would like to stick with an 80G but would like something a little more reliable than the factory model I got with my Powerbook which is just 2 1/2 years old.

Anyone have a link to reviews or have a recommendation for what I might for? I will be taking to a shop so would like to have some suggestions before I leave my PB.

Thanks!
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Old Mar 21, 2006, 07:01 PM   #2
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You meant your hard drive was going out, not the Super drive right?
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Old Mar 21, 2006, 07:07 PM   #3
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Your SuperDrive is your optical (CD/DVD), your HD is your 80GB HD. Which is going bad?
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Old Mar 21, 2006, 07:20 PM   #4
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Sorry for the confusion. It is the hard drive. It is for a 15" PB SD.

It grinds and sounds like it wants out. I felt lucky to get the thing backed up in time. I had to hold the PB at 45 degrees and angled forward just to get it to stop the grind.
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Old Mar 21, 2006, 07:28 PM   #5
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Not to hijack this thread but my HD in my 12 inch PB is making intermittent noises and may have to be replaced. Could forum members recommend where to have the HD replaced. is Apple a good option. I noted that there are a few vendors that do service by mail.
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Old Mar 23, 2006, 09:34 AM   #6
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Anyone? The repair shop will call me today asking for what I want. Any recommendations appreciated.
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Old Mar 23, 2006, 04:54 PM   #7
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MacresQ??

My drive stopped making noises but I'm still thinking of replacing my hard drive. I'm running SMARTreporter to give me frequent checks on my HD.

I found this company which has great pricing on HD swaps.

http://www.powerbookresq.com/hitlist...sQ_Hard_Drives

Any recommendations from Macrumors members?
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My 15" Powerbook Super Drive is giving up the ghost. I would like to stick with an 80G but would like something a little more reliable than the factory model I got with my Powerbook which is just 2 1/2 years old.

Anyone have a link to reviews or have a recommendation for what I might for? I will be taking to a shop so would like to have some suggestions before I leave my PB.

Thanks!
TitanJeff

From all I read just stay away from Toshiba. Hatachi and Western Digital get good comments.

Good luck with the repairs
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If you are willing to, get a 7200 rpm hard drive, you will have a huge performance boost..(I'm not sure about the price of these so don't bash me)
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Old Mar 24, 2006, 08:28 AM   #10
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From all I read just stay away from Toshiba. Hatachi and Western Digital get good comments.

Good luck with the repairs
Thank you. Western Digital is the one they recommended. And I am upgrading some ram as well. Then they asked me if I was hearing three beeps when I booted the PB. I told them no. He said I needed a new logic board and that they would put me in a new one at no cost since they apparently did something to damage mine.

I was shocked to hear this. Is it common to have an Apple Authorized repair service mess up a logic board switching out a HD or adding RAM? I thought bad RAM would cause those beeps but he seems sure it was the logic board.
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