Upgrading to 7200RPM HD Powerbook G4?

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  1. macrumors 6502

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    I have a brand new Seagate 250 GB 7200 RPM 2.5" HD that I would like to install on my Powerbook G4 1ghz (5,2) Aluminum keyboard. Is this possible?


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    eyoungren

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    IDE/PATA - yes.
    SATA - no. At least without an adapter, which can be difficult to fit.
     
  4. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    No sure. Here's a picture.
     

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    Goftrey

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    That's a SATA drive. And a pretty nice one at that. Unfortunately though, it won't work in your PowerBook unless you're willing to rip out the optical drive & install one of these. Even then though you won't be able to harness the power that the drive can put out - as it'd still run at IDE speeds.
     
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    Intell

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    If you do want a 7200rpm PATA drive, you're going to be paying a lot, if you can find one. They haven't been made in years and are getting pricey.
     
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    Goftrey

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    I'd forget the whole 7200rpm malarkey & go with something like a Scorpio Blue - reliable, fast & cheap (2nd hand) [link]
     
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    eyoungren

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    Easy way to tell. Look below.
     

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    Thanks guys!
     
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    California

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    Having owned a few 100gb Hitachi and Seagate PATA 2.5" 7200 RPMs they really are just as fast as the bigger 250gb and 320gb 5400 RPM drives because of the bigger platter size.
     

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