iBook G3 clamshell SSD?

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  1. yanksrock100, Feb 19, 2018
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    yanksrock100 macrumors 6502a

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    After years of being out of the retro Mac game, I am finally back in. I picked up a really nice iBook G3 clamshell, but I have a feeling the hard drive is on the way out as you can probably hear in my video.

    I've been looking into replacements for the hard drive, and I really want to put an SSD in this thing with Tiger.

    I've been looking at different types, and seen a whole plethora of combinations - IDE/SD card, IDE/CF card, etc. I found a really old post on this forum and somebody mentioned this drive: https://www.amazon.com/KingSpec-2-5...008RWKFYE/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8 and I was wondering if anybody had any luck with it. I looked through the reviews and one buy with an iBook said it worked, and another guy said it didn't, so I just wanted to see if anybody here had experience with it in a clamshell iBook. Or really any other suggestions would be welcome as well. Anybody have experience using one of these drives?

    Thanks!
     
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    I personally haven't used the Kingspec you mention. However the Transcend mSata SSD (mine was 32GB) coupled with a Lindy mSata to IDE adapter worked a treat.
    See these links HERE & HERE.
    Good luck with the change. The 1st time disemboweling a G3 Clamshell is always the worst. After the 3rd time it becomes a doddle.......;)
     
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    Thanks for the links, I will look into those. Looking forward to disassembling this guy, just hoping I dont kill it in the process!
     
  4. AphoticD macrumors 68000

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    My Blueberry iBook is rocking a 32GB KingSpec mSATA SSD with a JM20330 chipset mSATA->IDE adapter.

    Specs, benchmarks, etc here: https://forums.macrumors.com/thread...enchmark-results.2063361/page-2#post-25509019

    This made a substantial improvement over the original (noisy) 3GB HDD and is now a completely silent operator with no moving parts (unless I put a CD in).

    Just watched your video and that Graphite iBook is in great condition. This is how my HDD sounded too.

    Disassembly isn't so bad. Just take your time separating the outer plastic shell from the palm rest area. The clips along the front of the machine are pretty stubborn to separate and the plastic tends to fracture (and split) pretty easily.

    While you've got it open, remove the logic board completely and clean out any crud that collects underneath. Also, I would recommend to prepare yourself with new thermal pads for the CPU and system bus IC (and GPU). I went with a 2mm variety which had a 2.5w/m-K thermal conductivity rating.

    EDIT: Also check out my thread on the Blueberry iBook, we jumped through a few hoops together...
    https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/blueberry-ibook-clamshell-1st-gen.2087119/
     
  5. yanksrock100 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I am looking forward to silent operation! Thanks!
     
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