HDD crash???

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  1. TopGear300 macrumors regular

    TopGear300

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    Hello!

    As you may see from my other threads I am interested in making a powerbook purchase for my second "kick around" machine. I know this guy that has a PowerBook G4 15.2" screen with a 1.25ghz processor with a SuperDrive and is willing to let it go for $400! A good deal no matter how you look at it BUT, he said that the original 80gb HDD crashed (he said it was a common problem from this series of PowerBooks) and installed a 20gb HDD due to $$ issues? He says it runs fine now but:
    Should I stay away?
    If there was indeed a problem with the old HDD, the problem left when he took out the old HDD right?
    The size dosent bother me and Im sure Im going to put in at least a new 80gb anyways.

    Thank so much!!
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  2. Reflow macrumors 68000

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    Well if it's working fine then I say go for it. You can upgrade it later if you want. I think you can up to 250GB in it if you want.
     
  3. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    That sounds like a good opportunity, as long as the PowerBook is working fine.

    Regarding the hard drive, there should be no issue with the computer. Hard drives do fail.

    That particular laptop uses a P-ATA interface. So you can replace the 20GB hard drive with a much larger one if you want.
     
  4. TopGear300 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I was hoping so!! Thanks bro! Its a good deal right?

    No original box :mad:



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  5. Reflow macrumors 68000

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    Sure as long as it works. Is there anyway you can test it before you buy it?
     
  6. TopGear300 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Where to buy????

    Can some one point in the right direction to start shopping for HDD's for a PowerBook?

    What is a good website to look at?

    THANKS!
     
  7. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    Might want to check Craig's List and eBay for comparable pricing.
     
  8. Reflow macrumors 68000

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    Newegg is usually good. Also try ifixit.com for instructions on how to take it apart.

    Good luck.....
     
  9. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    You might want to try Newegg.

    Here are their P-ATA Hard Drives.
     
  10. TopGear300 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Sushi.... your the man!!

    THANKS... what speed should i look at?
     
  11. 840quadra Moderator

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    Make sure that it was put together properly. Misplaced screws, and broken tabs on the case can make any powerbook experience a bit of a bummer. If everything is put together well, I wouldn't worry about the new HDD.
     
  12. TopGear300 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks!!! And a very good point, I will have to ask for a few photos to make sure it is assembled correctly right??

    Does anyone find that ifixit website (very helpful) but VERY EXPENSIVE!!!!

    They want $20 just for the PowerBook screws and all the HDDS I can find a better deal on newegg??

    THANKS FOR KEEPING MY THREAD GOING!!!! :D
     
  13. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    Usually the drives come at 4200, 5400 and 7200 RPMs.

    I think that 5400 RPM drives are good for most uses.

    I would suggest avoiding the 4200 RPM drives as they are a bit slow.

    If you have disc intensive work, then the 7200 RPM drives might be worth considering.

    Also, you might consider having the HD put in by an Apple Certified shop. You can do it as there are instructions on the web. Just depends on how comfortable you are opening up your PowerBook.
     
  14. TopGear300 thread starter macrumors regular

    TopGear300

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    Sometimes we get lucky!!

    BAHAHA

    His laptop didn't sell for $400 and I get an e-mail from the seller saying he dropped it to $375. My funds are low but I should go for it right? Ugg why can't it be spring!!!! What should my other concerns be as a potential new PowerBook owner!!!!

    THANKS!!
     

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