How do you check RPM speed on HD on powerbook?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by adambrochu, Sep 22, 2006.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Sep 22, 2006
    hi someone is selling me a powerbook, but i want to find out what the harddrive rpm speed is, they don't know what it is. Is there anyway to check using system profiler or something?

    PLease may someone help, thanks.
  2. macrumors G3


    Apr 30, 2004
    When you open System Profiler it should say in the drives info...

    It's likely to be 5400RPM, if they don't know themselves.
  3. macrumors G3


    Aug 30, 2003
    Yeah. In System Profiler, under Hardware->ATA, it will list the model number of the hard drive. You can click that, copy the same from the lower panel, and paste it into Google to get the specs.

    [edit: yeah, what 840 said :D ]
  4. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Feb 1, 2005
    Land of 10,000 Lakes
    If you are running os 10 Which I would assume you are, you can check by doing a couple of easy steps.

    1. Click on the apple logo on the top left of your screen and select about this mac

    2. Click on the More info button

    3. Locate ATA or disks on the left pane.

    You should get a readout similar to the one below

    Serial-ATA Bus:


    Capacity: 149.05 GB
    Model: ST3160023AS
    Revision: 3.05
    Serial Number: xxxxxxxxxx
    Removable Media: No
    Detachable Drive: No
    BSD Name: disk1
    Protocol: ata
    Unit Number: 0
    Socket Type: Serial-ATA
    Bay Name: "A (upper)"
    OS9 Drivers: No
    S.M.A.R.T. status: Verified​

    were it states model number copy that portion and use google to find information about that drive :)

    In my case :),1081,585,00.html
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 22, 2006
    awesome thanks guys for your help, much appreciated =)

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