PowerBook Hard Drive upgrade.

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by davidjearly, Feb 18, 2007.

  1. davidjearly macrumors 68020

    davidjearly

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    Hi,

    Could use some advice with this one. Can anyone reccommend where to get a hard drive upgrade for my 15" PowerBook G4 1.33Ghz. Looking for 100GB and up, 5400RPM.

    I know the machine takes 2.5" (obviously), SATA, E-IDE (ATA-6) drives but I can't find these drives at my local stores (well, the ones that I have checked).

    They only have PATA drives. Are they compatible? Not too sure on the differences there.

    I'm in the UK but will buy online if I can get a good price.

    Thanks, David
     
  2. Silentwave macrumors 68000

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    All PowerBook G4s use Parallel ATA hard drives, not SATA.

    IDE/PATA/ATA are *basically* the same (speed and other minor differences, not sure how compatibility with the PB G4 is affected) while SATA is separate.
     
  3. livingfortoday macrumors 68030

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    Pretty much any of these drives should work. I don't know if there's a height limitation (ie you can't use 12.5mm drives, versus 9.5mm) in the Powerbook, but check the reviews and you should be ok.
     
  4. davidjearly thread starter macrumors 68020

    davidjearly

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    Ok, so in that case this drive is not suitable? http://www.hitachigst.com/portal/site/en/menuitem.428b96664d580c5deb4703e3aac4f0a0/

    The site, www.macupgrades.co.uk claims they use this drive (their upgrade page links to that page) for upgrading 1.33Ghz G4 PB's.

    In any case, would these drives be compatible:

    Samsung HM100JC 100GB 2.5" PATA

    Samsung HM120JC 120GB 2.5" PATA

    Samsung MP0804H 80GB 2.5" PATA

    I can get these at my local store at the prices shown.

    Thanks for your help guys,

    David
     
  5. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

    CanadaRAM

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    Yes, the Hitachi SATA is totally unsuitable for any Powerbook.

    The Samsungs should work, but be careful that whatever you buy comes with a full, written warranty from the manufacturer. It should be 3 years (or 5 years for Seagates).
     
  6. davidjearly thread starter macrumors 68020

    davidjearly

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    Ok, so I purchased this drive. I'm sure it is compatible but just thought I would check. Seems like a good deal.

    Thanks again, David
     

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