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Old Sep 23, 2007, 09:31 AM   #1
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PowerBook G4 Internal HD upgrade?

Hey everyone!

My buddy has a PowerBook G4 and would like to upgrade his internal hard drive. What is the largest drive that would be compatible with his PowerBook? Someone recommended the " Seagate Momentus 5400.3 ST9160821AS 160GB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache Serial ATA150 Notebook Hard Drive - OEM" but I'm not sure if it's compatible.

Also, is there any good step by step guides to changing the internal HD in a PowerBook G4? Thanks!


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Old Sep 23, 2007, 09:32 AM   #2
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Old Sep 23, 2007, 10:46 AM   #3
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That 250GB link is for a SATA drive, I think all G4 powerbooks use PATA drives. Shop NewEgg for an ATA-6 drive, good store with good prices.


heres a link to the ATA-6 drive - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136159
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That 250GB link is for a SATA drive, I think all G4 powerbooks use PATA drives.
Ah, touche, only looking at request for upgrading it. It's true that Powerbooks use PATA and Macbook Pro's use SATA. Sorry 'bout the mixup. Fixed the link.
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Thanks! That was very helpful.

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Surprisingly, swapping the HD out isn't that hard on an alu PB. (On an iBook G3--another story!) I was able to do it in fairly short order--just make sure you have all the tools that iFixit recommends. And go slowly! As the saying goes, "make haste slowly..."

One thing I do that helps make sure everything goes back to precisely the same spot is to tape the screws etc. to a piece of paper with the step # written next to it, and arranging them in the order I removed them.

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