Help - Hard Drive Crashed

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Maxicek, Jul 15, 2006.

  1. Maxicek macrumors regular

    Apr 23, 2004
    I came back to my Powerbook to find the screen black and a strange buzzing coming from it :(

    It wouldn't boot, so I tried the install CD and ran disk utility. The internal HD is not listed.

    - I guess the HD is dead?
    - Any suggestions what to try now?
    - Any recommendations for an new drive? Can I fit a 100Gb?
    - Please give specs of what drive I need.
    - Are there instructions anywhere of how to do it?

    Thanks for any help.

    I turned it off for a while and unplugged it. It now boots, but I would like to know about replacement drives anyway. Many Thanks.
  2. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    If it boots once it's cooled down, it's probably the drive dying (espeically based on the "buzzing noise", although I suppose that could have been caused by another component overheating). I'd take your brief reprieve to get any worthwhile data off the drive while you still can. In fact, if you have an external, you might want to make a clone of the drive if you can keep it running that long, so you can re-clone to the replacement and save yourself some reinstall time.

    Your PowerBook should accept more or less any PATA (AKA ATA, AKA IDE) hard drive, and I don't believe there's any capacity limit (if there is, it's 128GB, so basically unless you buy one of the very new 160GB drives, you're fine). It's possible there's a thickness limitation, but not that I remember.

    If you want to see how others fared with compatiblity of a specific drive in your specific computer, you can check out the drive database at for your computer and the particular drive you're interested in, and you can probably find out if it worked for others.

    Installation is a pain, but OWC ( may have an instructional video or document, depending on the model, and if they don't one can be found elsewhere online ( is another place to try).

    If you want to get something that you know will wokr, OWC is again a good option--they only sell drives that they've tested are fine in your particular model of PB. If you feel confidend and want to save a bit of money, I'd recommend trying have very low prices and a wide selection. If you go to their hard drive section and click on the "Mobile" subheader at the top, pretty much everything that shows up should work for you.

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