Old mid-2009 MBP HDD into G4 Mac Mini?

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  1. ddiogyn macrumors member

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    Hallo,

    I'm planning on upgrading my mid-2009 MBP's hard drive, however, i'd also like to inject some new life into my old G4 Mac Mini - will the old MBP drive be compatible with the Mac Mini?

    Thanks.

    PS Will upgrading the HD myself void my MBP warranty?
     
  2. chaosbunny macrumors 68000

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    As far as I know the HD should work in the G4 mini, you'll have to reinstall the OS though. And I think it will void your warranty. I'm not 100% sure on both though.
     
  3. raziel777 macrumors regular

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    I believe the old g4 mini used an IDE hard drive. Your new MBP hard drive is going to be SATA. Different connections. Probably not going to work.
     
  4. chaosbunny macrumors 68000

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    In the support documents of the G4 mini it says something about an "Ultra ATA" drive vs. the "SERIAL ATA" on the mbp. So it might really not work or be complicated.

    http://support.apple.com/kb/SP65
     
  5. ddiogyn thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks all,

    The serial and ultra-ata interfaces are indeed incompatible.
     

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