installing an SSD drive to my PowerBookG4

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by zoran, Jul 10, 2011.

  1. macrumors 68000

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    can an SSD drive be installed on a PowerbookG4?
    and if so how can this be done?
     
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    If you find a 2.5" P-ATA (IDE) SSD, then it will work.
    Look on iFixIt for guides on how to accomplish the upgrade.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors 68000

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    thanx but i have no idea what a 2.5" P-ATA (IDE) SSD is :eek:
     
  4. simsaladimbamba

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    That is why I linked to search results.
    P-ATA is the interface for connecting HDDs and SSDs in G4 PowerBooks, S-ATA is the interface on all Intel MacBooks and MacBook Pros.
    As SSDs offer faster speeds, they are preferred to use S-ATA as interface, as S-ATA is faster than P-ATA, thus not many P-ATA SSDs exist and they are quite small and expensive compared to their S-ATA brethren.
    http://www.harddrivereport.com/pata_vs_ata_vs_sata_vs_ide.html
     
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  6. thread starter macrumors 68000

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    ok thanx guys now i got a better idea about them those two interfaces , but what about making the installation? any info on that, perhaps a video?
     
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  8. macrumors member

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    I followed that guide and had no trouble. If you've never taken apart a computer before it might be intimidating, especially because of the tight plastic seal clamping the top and bottom together. Go slowly, don't force much.
     
  9. thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Ι have the G4 1.67GHz, Aluminum version, but i dont see any videos on this matter!
     
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    You don't need a video, you can dl the pdf documentation.
     
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    That model is cake. Just remove the bottom cover and remove the screws holding the HDD caddy in. :D

    You can also always use a Compact Flash memory card and the IDE>Comfact Flash adapter.
     
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    bizzle

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    Eh? You have to take the top case off to get to the hard drive.

    Also, Compact Flash to IDE adapter is going to be much much slower.
     
  13. thread starter macrumors 68000

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    plz i need some pics to have a little guidance on this
    and why will it be much slower? you think it wont be worth it? please tell me more!
     
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