7200RPM HD in iBook G4?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Icedog, Feb 11, 2004.

  1. Icedog macrumors member

    Nov 7, 2003
    Would putting a 7200RPM HD in an iBook G4 be advisable? My only real concerns are power supply, and heat. Any input would be advisable

    - Thanks!
  2. G5orbust macrumors 65816


    Jun 14, 2002
    If heat is a concern, then your best bet is to not do it. Best advice I can give you.
  3. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    Check to see the heat and power profiles for the fastest iBook G4 drive. Then, compare those to the latest 7200 rpm drives. If you find something equal or smaller, you would be fine in switching.
  4. jtown macrumors 6502

    Jul 3, 2003
    Tests have shown that there is almost no difference in run time. (A few minutes at most which is a statistically meaningless aberration given the runtimes involved.) Performance, on the other hand, is noticably better.

    I'd say your main concern should be the warranty which will will no longer exist after you've totally disassembled and reassembled the entire machine. :) That's why I tell people to get the 60 gig drive upgrade when they buy an ibook. And bluetooth.
  5. virividox macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003
    Manila - Nottingham - Philadelphia - Santa Barbar
    if ur warranty is dead
    you need more space
    and want to have fun seeing the inside of your laptop then go ahead

    just make sure you get a good hd that will suit ur ibook

    also check how much power it consumes this will affect battery life for sure

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