Aluminum G4 Powerbook hard drive

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by HappyHammer7, Feb 2, 2010.

  1. HappyHammer7
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    Hi everyone,

    I have an old powerbook g4 aluminum (2005?) mac that has a dead hard drive. It originally died just over a year ago and has been gathering dust since then. I took it to the apple shop, who said my extended 3 year guarantee had expired (by 1 month) and I had to pay £200 for a new hard drive. Screw that, so I went out I brought an iMac desktop. Now I want to repair it myself, get a new hard drive, battery, charger and upgrade the RAM. I know the hard drive is an 80gb, but not too sure where I can get a replacement. I believe it is an IDE but they seem few and far between.

    I have no issues doing the swap over myself, as I have opened up various PCs and games consoles in the past and I know what I am doing. I am just not that great at choosing the "correct" parts.

    BTW, the problem with it is that when I turn it on its just a grey screen with that ever so loved spiny wheel, and does not boot into the OS.

    I just want to make sure I get the right hard drive, not bothered if its an 80gb or slightly higher. Its purely for using the internet for.

    Thanks guys
     
  2. Wehrwolf
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    Any Parallel ATA (PATA) 2.5" drive should work. It sounds like you're in the UK, though, so I can't recommend any particular vendor to buy from.
     
  3. quadG5guy
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    80 GB PATA laptop drives are $40. Very cheap. You can get as high as 320 GB these days in a PATA laptop drive.
     

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