Register FAQ / Rules Forum Spy Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
Go Back   MacRumors Forums > Apple Hardware > PowerPC Macs

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old Sep 16, 2009, 08:11 AM   #1
smmsanders
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Replacing HD in iBook G4

I have an iBook G4, 1.33 ghz PPC cpu, 1.25 GB ram, OS X 10.5.8, 55.89 GB HDD. I have a few questions about replacing my hard drive.

1. Where can I find a compatibility list for iBook G4? I found Western Digital Scorpio Blue offers a 500 GB hard drive for $129, but I can't figure out if this hd is compatible with iBook.

2. I've replaced a pc hard drive, which wasn't too hard, but I've heard that replacing the iBook hd is a lot harder. Is it advisable for me to replace hd?

Thanks for help

Last edited by smmsanders; Sep 17, 2009 at 09:05 AM.
smmsanders is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Sep 16, 2009, 08:58 AM   #2
GfulDedFan
macrumors 65816
 
GfulDedFan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Indiana
Here are some suggested hard drives from OWC. Notice that they are IDE/ATA drives and not SATA which is probably the type that you mentioned in your post. -GDF
__________________
Aluminum MacBook 2.4 10.9.1 | Magic Mouse | 16GB iPod Touch | 64GB iPad Air | Apple Hi-Fi
Do yourself a favor. Use MRoogle first.
GfulDedFan is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Sep 16, 2009, 10:45 AM   #3
flatfoot
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Quote:
Originally Posted by smmsanders View Post
I have an iBook G5 ...
Wow, where did you get this?!

I think you meant G4...
__________________
Power Mac G5-i7 i7-870@3.52GHz, 8GB CL8 1600MHz RAM, GeForce 9600GT, 2x64GB MBA SSD RAID0, 8TB RAID0, backup: 7.25TB via HighPoint RR2314
MBA 2010 1.4 C2D, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD
iPod touch 4G 32GB
flatfoot is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Sep 16, 2009, 11:35 AM   #4
smmsanders
Thread Starter
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
mistake

Quote:
Originally Posted by flatfoot View Post
Wow, where did you get this?!

I think you meant G4...
I obviously should never post without my morning joe. Yeah, I meant G4.
smmsanders is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Sep 16, 2009, 03:15 PM   #5
bionictony
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
you have to do some searching around. the macbook sata hd will not fit in the ibook g4 systems. i think pata 100 or something like that will fit. you can go to ifixit and search for replacement hard drives, pick a hard drive and find out the specs of that hard drive to determine the hd connector type.
bionictony is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Sep 16, 2009, 06:07 PM   #6
NewMacbookPlz
macrumors 68040
 
NewMacbookPlz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
The G4 iBook is quite a pain in the a$$ to replace the HDD...you'll pretty much be taking the laptop completely apart, down to it's chassis.

www.ifixit.com has step-by-step instructions that I used when I did mine. It took me ~45min to get to the drive (being very careful), then 15min for reassembly.

I just bought some 80GB Seagate ATA 2.5" drive at the time, and it worked just fine.
__________________
Collector's Edition 2.0ghz Aluminum MacBook, 8 GB iPhone EDGE, Canon 450D/50mm f1.8
NewMacbookPlz is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Sep 16, 2009, 11:41 PM   #7
California
macrumors 68040
 
California's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Just use an egg carton for the screws taking it apart.

You can buy up to a 320 gig Western Digital hard drive PATA or sometimes called an ATA IDE drive. DO NOT GET A SATA drive. Will not work.

Get that 320 gb WDigital. It will substantially speed up your iBook.

Also, I think you must have the 14" iBook. (Because the 1.33ghz capped out at 1.25 ram on the 14") You probably have a non dvd burning combo drive. You can also put a very fast PATA superdrive in it. Might as well upgrade it as you can. There was also a bluetooth upgrade for it.

You can see I love souping up old iBooks. Disregard some of this if you have a 12" 1.33... bluetooth was standard but ram was maxed at 1.5 gigs.
__________________
2.66ghz 13" MBP/1.67ghz Powerbook G5 15" DLHR/iPhone 16gb/30" ACD
California is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Sep 17, 2009, 09:04 AM   #8
smmsanders
Thread Starter
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Quote:
Originally Posted by California View Post
Get that 320 gb WDigital.
Is this the 320 gb WDigital HD that I should get.
http://www.jr.com/western-digital/pe/WD_WD3200BEVERT/

I'm almost sold on upgrading the hard drive. I looked at a tutorial and one warning gave me a little pause. Some iBooks have a weakly soldered power connection that if broken, can cause big problems. Is it really easy to break this connection?

Quote:
Originally Posted by California View Post
I think you must have the 14" iBook.
Yep, that's the iBook I have.
smmsanders is offline   0 Reply With Quote

Reply
MacRumors Forums > Apple Hardware > PowerPC Macs

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Ibook g4 still usable? cootersgarage6 PowerPC Macs 2 Nov 27, 2010 11:18 PM
Replacing HD in PowerBook G4 rogerthat PowerPC Macs 7 Jun 15, 2007 05:52 PM
Changing internal HD in ibook G4 12" 1.2; possible? Ancillo PowerPC Macs 3 Apr 10, 2006 05:07 AM
7200RPM HD in iBook G4? Icedog Macintosh Computers 4 Feb 12, 2004 04:35 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:15 AM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2013, MacRumors.com, LLC