Best Hard Drive for iBook G4

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  1. rjcalifornia macrumors 6502a

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    Ok, I have this iBook G4 1.2 Ghz and I want to know which hard drive should I go for:

    -Normal Laptop Hard Drive
    -SSD

    Thanks!
     
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  3. 556fmjoe macrumors 65816

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    The SSD will be an improvement, but not an overwhelming one. I use a Transcend 32 GB in my PowerBook.
     
  4. rjcalifornia thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Which one is the best? Sorry for the question, just don't want to buy something that won't be compatible with the iBook

    BTW, do I have to get an adapter if I get the SSD?
     
  5. poiihy macrumors 68020

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    I don't see why people invest in upgrades that are more expensive than the computer itself
     
  6. Altemose macrumors G3

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    If it is a mSATA SSD it will require an adapter. Standard PATA/IDE SSDs do not require an adapter. I have used a KingSpec SSD in an old ThinkPad T42 without issue. Jrsx also has one and could perhaps give a review on it.


    Because we like our Macs...
     
  7. nemesiswar macrumors member

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    I recently got an iBook G4 1,2 12" and is also looking to upgrade to an SSD in it. I have been looking at the Transendance IDE 64gb. The only thing it really looks like a pain to change the hard drive in the iBook.
     
  8. weckart macrumors 68040

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    I have put SSDs in most of my PPC notebooks. Any adapter with a JMicron 20330 or Marvel controller should do.

    32GB and 64GB mSATA SSDs are very affordable now, particularly those pulled from newer notebooks and sold on eBay since people want larger sizes. Notebook IDE drives, on the other hand, are getting more expensive by the day as stocks dwindle of unused drives and older drives are a bit of risk. I had an 80GB die the other day. Smaller older IDE drives tend to be very noisy, too.

    Taking poiihy's valid comment into account, for me the choice of SSDs is a no-brainer.
     
  9. rjcalifornia thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks! Will look on ebay for one.
     
  10. Altemose macrumors G3

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    Let us know how it works out.
     
  11. n0cus macrumors 6502

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    Be careful replacing the hard drive my friend. I just recently killed my iBook replacing the optical drive. These old machines are quite unpredictable. I don't want to deter you from replacing the hard drive, but just think about if it is actually worth the risk.
     
  12. PowerMac G4 MDD macrumors 68000

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    And SSD would be quiet, more speedy, and way less fragile. The prices are starting to go down, so finding an 80GB one won't be bad, but it will cost you. Also, the labor it takes to replace a hard drive in any iBook is extreme. It will either be difficult and laborious for you or for a technician who will charge a large sum of money.
     
  13. rjcalifornia thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I know. It is just so hard :( Why do they do this? Seriously. :(
     
  14. Intell macrumors P6

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    Nearly any SSD will a good choice for an iBook. Try to find one that garbage collection.
     
  15. n0cus macrumors 6502

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    My best advice is to keep organized. Use the little daily pill containers to keep track of the many different screws.
     
  16. weckart macrumors 68040

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    To stop you opening your Mac to upgrade the optical drive and then break it. :D It means more work for their Geniuses if still in warranty.

    Apple would prefer you to upgrade by buying new hardware. More $$$ for shareholders.
     
  17. n0cus macrumors 6502

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    I personally like to blame my mistake on the faulty vreg chip found in the iBook G4. :D
     

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