PowerBook G4 - External Hard Drive Problems

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by maw4bc, Apr 11, 2009.

  1. macrumors regular

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    I have now tried two external hard drives with my PowerBook G4. Neither of them have worked. After some online research I see that the problem is with the PowerBook G4 and the fact that it can't supply the HD enough power for it to work or be recognized by the computer. I have tried a WD Passport 250gb and now a Seagate FreeAgent 500gb.

    Can anyone with a PowerBook G4 give me a good suggestion on an External Hard Drive to use? I need it to be compatible between Mac and PC as I use both.

    Thanks for the help,
    Mike
     
  2. macrumors Core

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    You need a usb Y cable, using both of the PowerBook's usb ports to supply power. Or use an external drive that can be powered separately
     
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

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    do they have those a best buy type stores or is this something i need to order online?

    thanks for your quick response!
    Mike
     
  4. macrumors Core

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    No idea about BB as I'm a UKer.

    You can get different types of y cables. So you need to make sure of the type of plug the drive uses...
     
  5. thread starter macrumors regular

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    The plug in part of the hard drive is a usb mini 5.

    I will go back to best but for a third time. hopefully they have the cord.
     
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    Ditto on the firewire. I tried hooking up a notebook sata to my 12" with the y cable, and it didn't work. I thought something was wrong with my usb ports until I read the other threads. Firewire will be your way to go.
     
  8. thread starter macrumors regular

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    which of the following should I get:
    FireWire 800/400 + USB 2.0 'Triple'

    FireWire 400 +
    USB 2.0 'Combo'

    FireWire 400
     
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    I'd get either the first or second option for maximum flexibility.
     
  10. thread starter macrumors regular

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    excuse my 20 questions but what is the difference in the first two?
     
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    A combination of firewire and usb. If your pb dies in a couple of years, you'll be able to use the external with either a uni macbook or a windows machine using the usb connection.
     

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