HDD in CD-ROM bus

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by SCIENTIST29, Mar 5, 2013.

  1. SCIENTIST29 macrumors member

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    Just wondering, is it possible to connect an IDE HDD into the cd rom IDE connector on the motherboard of a Powerbook G4 1,67ghz without any kind of adapter? thanks
     
  2. Lil Chillbil macrumors 65816

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    yes this has been done many times with macbooks and macbook pros by people who want more storage and don't burn disks
     
  3. Goftrey macrumors 68000

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    Without an adapter, no. However, you can pick one of these up super cheap & simply plonk a SATA drive in.
     
  4. SCIENTIST29 thread starter macrumors member

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    Why can't I simply plug it in? the connector looks exactly the same...will a HDD in the caddie be as fast as a normal one?

     
  5. Goftrey, Mar 5, 2013
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    Goftrey macrumors 68000

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    No, as far as I know the connectors are completely different. Those caddies provide a safe enclosure for the hard drives & it gives you the option of the SATA connection (of course it would only run at the IDE speed though).

    PowerBook's Hard Drive Connector
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    PowerBook's Optical Drive Connector
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