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Old Nov 9, 2006, 01:26 PM   #1
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1.8" iPod drive in a Powerbook, and other fun PB drive questions

Im currently working on a mod for my 12"PB, and might need some more internal realestate. Does anyone happen to know if i can pull a 1.8" drive from my iPod and put it in my powerbook?

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Old Nov 9, 2006, 01:30 PM   #2
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This adapter may be of interest.
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Old Nov 9, 2006, 01:31 PM   #3
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This adapter may be of interest.
now im on the right track!
thanks...
this adapter is IDE though...dont i need an ATA for my powerbook? or is ATA a subset of IDE?

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this adapter is IDE though...dont i need an ATA for my powerbook? or is ATA a subset of IDE?
ATA is a newer name for IDE. For hardware built within, well, quite a few years now, there isn't really a practical difference.
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ATA is a newer name for IDE. For hardware built within, well, quite a few years now, there isn't really a practical difference.
great, thanks for the info!
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Old Nov 9, 2006, 02:05 PM   #6
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darn, after shipping, they want $25...ill hold off on that for now...thanks for the info
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Old Nov 9, 2006, 04:07 PM   #7
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of course ther's one more thing...is the drive sturdy and reliable enough to run an OS?
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Old Nov 9, 2006, 04:16 PM   #8
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I used to boot OS X regularly off FireWire iPods. It wasn't very fast, and the iPod would get rather warm, but there were no disasters.

Quite a few ultralight notebooks use these drives too.
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Old Nov 9, 2006, 04:34 PM   #9
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that sounds pretty fair then...
now ive got to decide wheter i shud pry the harddrive outta my iPod or find one with a broken screen. ive an 80gb hd in the powerbook right now. dont want to go any smaller than 60. also, if space becomes a problem i may remove the super drive. selling that would help cut costs too i guess.
cant wait til i can get started.
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the problem i see here isn't the speed (it's noticeably slower than a normal laptop drive), but the longevity of the drive. they're not designed for continual access (eg running an OS), more occasional access to fill an iPod memory... you may find the device dying on you after a year.

what are you doing to your powerbook? please tell
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Old Nov 9, 2006, 04:48 PM   #11
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Those drives weren't designed for MP3 players. Toshiba came up with them (and use them) for their small notebooks, to run operating systems.
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Old Nov 9, 2006, 05:16 PM   #12
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Those drives weren't designed for MP3 players. Toshiba came up with them (and use them) for their small notebooks, to run operating systems.
he's right, they werent designed especially for mp3 players. and likewise, they're not the most optimal for os accessing, but they shud work fine i think
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the problem i see here isn't the speed (it's noticeably slower than a normal laptop drive), but the longevity of the drive. they're not designed for continual access (eg running an OS), more occasional access to fill an iPod memory... you may find the device dying on you after a year.

what are you doing to your powerbook? please tell
ill tell u as soon as i can
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another question:
what type of interface does the superdrive use? can it be reused as a harddrive input?
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Old Nov 9, 2006, 07:19 PM   #15
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another question:
what type of interface does the superdrive use? can it be reused as a harddrive input?
Are you looking for something like this?
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another question:
what type of interface does the superdrive use? can it be reused as a harddrive input?
It's ATA, just a different connector. Adapters are made (have one to use with the Newer Universal Adapter kit). Someone makes a harddrive upgrade that replaces the optical drive (in PowerBook, and perhaps 17" MBP), giving you two harddrives internal.
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Are you looking for something like this?
i have seen these...but i guess what i want to kno is whether or not i would need to purchase something like this...basically, im not looking to spend a few hundred on it. i just wanted to kno if the superdrive bay used the same IDE interface as the hard drive bay, and if that could support a hard drive natively, without buy MCE's solution.
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It's ATA, just a different connector. Adapters are made (have one to use with the Newer Universal Adapter kit). Someone makes a harddrive upgrade that replaces the optical drive (in PowerBook, and perhaps 17" MBP), giving you two harddrives internal.
Here's the only one I've heard of [not that I've been looking]:
http://www.mcetech.com/optibay/
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what i really want to kno is, can i simply by an ATA adapter? the MCE solution takes up the space that i was trying to save by taking the superdrive out in the first place. i would only put an HD in if there is space remaining after other redesigning is done.
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from what i can tell, the 2.5in hd's are 47pin...are the superdrives 68pin?
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Hmm 200 for a 100gb 7200 Optibay that would definitely cure my storage problems.Guess I need to go out and do some work.
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Hmm 200 for a 100gb 7200 Optibay that would definitely cure my storage problems.Guess I need to go out and do some work.
i actually want to get the smallest cheapest hd possible.
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Just re-read my response earlier - I was thinking of going from the mini-ATA on the SuperDrive to 44-pin ATA. But, since that company makes a kit to put in the 2nd HD, I'm sure there's an adapter to go from mini-ATA cable to 44-pin for the HD.
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hmmm, cant seem to find one
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