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HD swap. 12" to 15"

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by sparky1499, Apr 30, 2011.

  1. macrumors regular


    So the other day my 12" G4 PB died on me. I reckon it's the DC in board and can't be bothered fixing it so I've managed to lay my hands on a cheap 15" G4 PB.

    I'm wondering if I can swap the HD over?

    Will it boot up? It's only to get a few pics off it and onto my external drive before I reinstall 10.5.

    Any advice would be welcomed folks :)
  2. macrumors 6502


    What are the specs of the new PowerBook? It should work as long as the specs meet leopard's requirements.
  3. macrumors regular


    The specs of the 15 incher are better than the 12".

    1.5Ghz versus 1.33Ghz and 1Gb of RAM as opposed to 768 Mb

    I'm hoping I can just drop my newer drive into the 15 incher and be done with it.

    The new PB is on it's original drive, and my 250 Gb WD Scorpio is a helluva lot newer :D
  4. macrumors 68020

    They're both ATA drives, should be fine.
  5. macrumors regular


    I'm wondering if the 15" will run ok if i simply take the drive from my 12" and fit into my 15"

    will I need to re-install the OS?
  6. macrumors 601


    You will have no problems then. Just swap the HDDs and you'll be good to go. You can take the memory too if you have a 1gb stick in the 12" if the 15" isn't already upraded to 2gb.

    Just a word of caution, removing the hard drives from the 12" PB can be a PITA. It's cake on the 15".
  7. macrumors regular



    I've already removed the HD from the 12".

    I've had a a look at ifixit for the 15" and it certainly does look A LOT more straightforward I have to say!
  8. macrumors 601


    Great. Let us know how it all works out.
  9. macrumors regular


    Just waiting on my new toy arriving in the post :D

    Only GBP123 on Ebay.
  10. macrumors regular


    Just got the new 15 incher and it is MINT condition! :D

    will report back later with results on the HD swap.
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