12" Powerbook G4 harddrive compatibility

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by mmmdreg, Jun 29, 2008.

  1. macrumors 65816


    Apr 14, 2002
    Sydney, Australia
    Hi guys,

    My powerbook is all banged up.. Anyway, the little needle-type thing in the power hole broke off so it's no longer operating..

    I have a bunch of eMacs and iMac G5s/Intels around the house.. Can the powerbook harddrive connect to them so I can restore some data or do I need to find another solution?


  2. macrumors 68000


    Aug 5, 2003
    Well, if you can get it to turn back on you can do a Target mode by connecting the powerbook to one of the other macs with a firewire cable. But you said the power button was broken, so you will probably have to take the drive out of the powerbook.

    If you take the drive out of the powerbook, you will need a laptop drive inclosure to put the drive into before connecting it to one of your other macs.

    Either way, you can get data off the laptop's drive.
  3. macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Did the power adapter broke on the adapter side (white connecting part) or the laptop side? If it broke on the adapter side you can just get another adapter.

    Why don't you have some service provider look into it first? 12" G4 laptops are really hard to get.
  4. macrumors 65816


    Nov 30, 2003
    Yes, you could take out the hard drive and put it in an external case. I've done that with the old drive from my 12" PB. You would even be able to boot a (PPC) Mac from that drive if you got a firewire case.

    I've got this one.
  5. thread starter macrumors 65816


    Apr 14, 2002
    Sydney, Australia
    It's on its last legs anyway.. quite banged up by my brother..

    It broke on the laptop side and I don't think it's really worth getting fixed so i guess I'll go down the route of a case.. Thanks for the help =)

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