Powerbook g4 hdd

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by countryman, Jan 6, 2008.

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    I have an AlBook 867 mhz 12 in powerbook. While carying it the other day the hard drive made a funny clunking sound. Shortly after it froze bringing me to the gray shut down screen, then again after i rebooted it. Now, programs are opening and running very slowly and if i hold it at an angle, it makes a humming sound, like the disk is rubbing or something. I tried disk first aid, smart is verified and it says the drive is ok, tho it took it about 5 mins to check the drive. Do i need to replace it?
     
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    AlBDamned

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    Sounds like it's on the way out and if it's the original disc supplied with the machine it's done pretty well to last.

    I'd back up immediately regardless.
     
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    Yeah im attempting to, carbon copy cloner looks like it should finish in a day or so. If i get a 9200 rpm drive for this should its access times be faster then they were before it slowed up or should i just find the cheapest drive i can get?
     
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    AlBDamned

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    Not sure about 9200rpm drives for laptops (2.5"), especially older ones. Think 7200rpm might be the most feasible. I would also think you'd see quite a difference in speed. The existing one is probably 4200rpm or less (and with a tiny cache).

    How big a drive do you want the replacement to be?

    Also, how much data have you got for it to be taking a day? Are you backing up via firewire or USB, or is the drive just really slow now?
     
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    Its got a 55 gb drive with 25 gb used. I am backing it up to itself then am planning on moving it to my imac. i was going to use time machine to go right to there but even when wired by ethernet it wouldnt see the remote drive. Is there a big difference between a 5400 and 7200 rpm drive? i found a 60 gig 7200 rpm for around 99 and a 5400 for 77 on powerbookmedia.com
     
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    AlBDamned

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    I'd probably go for the 7200.It's only $22 more. Damn you guys get cheap stuff in the States.
     
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    CJRhoades

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    You'll want to get the 7200 rpm drive if it only costs $22 more. There is a large difference between those two speeds. A drive that spins faster is better not only because of higher file read/write speeds and faster file moving but because OS X makes extensive use of virtual memory regardless of how much RAM you have. You'll see a huge speed improvement throughout your entire OS if you upgrade to a 7200 rpm drive.
     
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    haha are they that much more over there?

    Is cloning a drive suppose to take this long? ive never done it before. also, if i put my palm next to the trackpad over the drive i can feel a definate vibration, ive never noticed it before. you think i should defenatly get a new one?
     
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    Backing your drive up to the same drive isn't going to help you if the unit fails. Ideally you need to back up to a separate drive (if I'm understanding you right).

    Also, 25Gb should take a couple of hours.
     
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    Oh im going to transfer the dmg file to my imac when its finished, get a new drive and then put the image on the new drive. im looking for one now, as i just opened mail and after my mail was downloaded, after i clicked a message it took almost 30 sec to load a 3 line email
     
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    OrangeSVTguy

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    backing itself up onto itself :confused:

    so if it fails, so does your backup.

    you should get it copied using carbon copy like you said to an external drive. preferably a firewire one. that way when you get a new drive installed, you can transfer everything to the new one.

    oh i just bought a 60gb drive off ebay for $30 but its only a 4200rpm drive. came from a pb g4. let me know if you want it as i might want to get something faster. i don't know yet though... i'd sell it cheaper though.
     

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