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Old Jun 26, 2008, 07:54 PM   #1
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hard drive replacement for white ibook g4

hey there,
i was wondering if anyone knows exactly what kind/make/model# of hard drive i need to replace the HD in a white ibook g4.
do i need specific info etc?
is it the ATA?
if so which one?
im looking for a 80 gig replacement HD.
im going to do the operation myself!
thanks for any replys
Sven
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Old Jun 26, 2008, 11:54 PM   #2
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hey there,
i was wondering if anyone knows exactly what kind/make/model# of hard drive i need to replace the HD in a white ibook g4.
do i need specific info etc?
is it the ATA?
if so which one?
im looking for a 80 gig replacement HD.
im going to do the operation myself!
thanks for any replys
Sven
You can do any 2.5" hard drive, as long as it is NOT a SATA (serial ata) drive. What you want are drives generally called IDE, EIDE, or PATA drives. The best deal I've found for one in the states is for $60 shipped, and that'll get you a 160gb 5400rpm drive from Newegg.com. I've yet to see 80gb drives much cheaper.

I hope this helps - I'm in the same boat as you - replacing a hard drive on a 12" G4 iBook very soon.
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Old Jun 27, 2008, 12:11 AM   #3
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hey there,
i was wondering if anyone knows exactly what kind/make/model# of hard drive i need to replace the HD in a white ibook g4.
do i need specific info etc?
is it the ATA?
if so which one?
im looking for a 80 gig replacement HD.
im going to do the operation myself!
thanks for any replys
Sven
i installed one of these in my 12" G4 1.2mHz 1.25gb RAM iBook about 6 weeks ago:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136129

It's fast, cool, quiet, and I was surprised that battery life increased by ~20% over the 20gb OEM Hitachi drive, to ~4 hours.
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Old Jun 27, 2008, 12:37 AM   #4
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I always use OWC for upgrades of any kind, done a number of HDs in various Macs. Their prices are competitive and service is out of this world! Why pay $60 for 80Gb when you can pay $68 for 120GB?

You can look up an upgrade, for example HD, by specific Mac model and be sure you're getting the right thing for your Mac.
Here's a link to a page on their site that will let you choose your iBook model and look for upgrades:
OWC iBook upgrades
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Old Jun 27, 2008, 12:41 AM   #5
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btw OWC offers great tech support - they have installation videos to show you how to do your own replacements safely.
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Old Jun 27, 2008, 09:09 PM   #6
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would this work?

hey thanks for the info. this place is great!
so do you think this one would work?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152105
its cheap and has lots of space.
am i missing anything important?
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