867 Mhz G4 Aluminum PB HD replacement

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by JAJ, Jan 14, 2009.

  1. JAJ macrumors member

    Jan 14, 2009
    Hi guys, my 7 year old 12 inch aluminum powerbook finally broke on me after the hard drive melted. Obviously I have newer machines but this one is my favorite, so what hard drive can i replace it with? Will any 9.5mm 2.5 inch drive work?


    that one for instance, thanks
  2. superwoman macrumors regular

    Apr 25, 2005
    No, that's a SATA, it won't work. You need a PATA drive.
    Also, be warned that the 12" PB is notoriously difficult to open up. Make sure you have plenty of patience and gentleness.
  3. sintra1 macrumors member


    Sep 8, 2004
    Harrow North West London
    Actually not difficult its just a shed load of screws!:rolleyes:

    Yep A PITA drive needed and follow this link

    Units currently available with platter speeds of 4200/5400 and 7200 rpm.
    Capacity up to 250 GB , through the 160GB with 5400rpm platter speed is popular
    This is an example of a suitable unit.(these units are readily available from just about any reputable PC parts supplier)

    Detailed instructions are here and do print off the useful screw chart -It a simple life saver honestly!
  4. TDM21 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 7, 2004
    I just did a hard drive replacement in my 12" PB last month. As long as you have a #00 philips screw driver and keep the screws organized (almost 30) you can have the drive changed out in less than an hour. This was the drive I bought:


    Also be sure to check out iFixit.com. They have step by step instruction for dismantling your system

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