hard drive replacement for white ibook g4

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

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jun 26, 2008
    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
  2. macrumors newbie

    May 6, 2004
    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

    Mar 27, 2007
    i installed one of these in my 12" G4 1.2mHz 1.25gb RAM iBook about 6 weeks ago:


    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

    Dec 13, 2006
    Nelson, NZ
    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

    Dec 13, 2006
    Nelson, NZ
    btw OWC offers great tech support - they have installation videos to show you how to do your own replacements safely.
  6. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 26, 2008

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