Is there any way to convert a pata powerbook g4 to a sata connector

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by MattMK45, Dec 26, 2009.

  1. macrumors regular

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    I'm hoping to buy a new hdd or of course an ssdfor my aging powerbook. It uses the pata connector as they do. Seeing as SATA hdds and ssds are cheaper, newer and faster I wondered whether it was possible to use a pata to sata converter to convert the drive setup to become a SATA interface. I think the only problem would be that it is rather crammed in the compartment but there might be some technical difficulties.

    Therefore I would like to know if it is possible, worth doing and if anyone has done it and been successful.

    Thanks:apple:
     
  2. macrumors regular

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    Correct, it won't fit into the HD compartment. I suggest you to buy a RunCore IV, it ranges from 32 to 128 GB and I think it's the best drive available with a PATA interface. I Hope I helped.
     
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    There's no way to "convert" a PATA connector or interface to a SATA interface. You'll need to purchase a PATA hard drive if you wish to install a HD in place of the optical drive.
     
  4. thread starter macrumors regular

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    thanks for the replies, i am aware of the ability to have an extra drive in place of the optical bay which is a well argued sacrifice, maybe an experiment i could do before i buy an intel machine later on. In that case thanks again
     

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