hard drive replacement for white ibook g4

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by svenjackson, Jun 26, 2008.

  1. macrumors newbie

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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
     
  2. macrumors newbie

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    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.
     
  3. macrumors regular

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    i installed one of these in my 12" G4 1.2mHz 1.25gb RAM iBook about 6 weeks ago:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136129

    It's fast, cool, quiet, and I was surprised that battery life increased by ~20% over the 20gb OEM Hitachi drive, to ~4 hours.
     
  4. macrumors member

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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
     
  5. macrumors member

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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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