Ibook g3 harddrive questions

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by waloshin, Feb 22, 2009.

  1. waloshin macrumors 68040

    Oct 9, 2008
    Is it worth upgrading the stock 4200 rpm (cache)? drive to say a 5400 rpm 8mb cache? Would their be a noticeable difference? The Ibook has a g3 500mhz , 640mb of ram.

    Could this laptop run Ubuntu 8.10 PPC (community version) fine?

    Should i just buy a laptop drive and run it through firewire instead of ripping the computer apart to get the stock drive out?

    Best os for the above specs:

    Mac osx 10.3 - 10.4
    Ubuntu ppc 7.10- 8.04 -8.10 ppc (community version)
    Yellow Dog Linux

    Laptop will be used to surf the web.

  2. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040


    Sep 28, 2008
    When my G4's 4200rpm with 2mb cache drive died, I replaced it with a 5400rpm drive with 8mb cache. There was indeed a noticeable improvement in performance.

    However, it was quite a pain in the ass to get to the hard drive. That was the first time though, so I could probably do it easier if I ever had to again. I think it took me about an hour with ifixit guides to disassemble, but only 15 minutes or so to put it all back together.

    I only ended up with 1 left over screw too!! :D
  3. waloshin thread starter macrumors 68040

    Oct 9, 2008
    Ha that funny, thanks!
  4. DoFoT9 macrumors P6


    Jun 11, 2007
    i say go for a 7200RPM, then the speed increase will be VERY notivable.

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