PowerBook 160 - replace SCSI drive?

Discussion in 'Apple Collectors' started by dbrewer80221, Oct 26, 2014.

  1. dbrewer80221 macrumors regular

    Jun 16, 2009
    I recently acquired a perfectly functioning PowerBook 160 for my collection, and I was hoping to replace the 80 MB internal drive with something a little larger.

    As we all know, these older SCSI drives are at a premium, frequently fetching prices of more than $1 per MB. However, I've been looking into replacing the internal SCSI drive with a CF card, or micro drive (I have one of each).

    It looks like SCSI to CF/Micro Drive adapter is still over $100. Is there a cheaper option than this?
  2. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    One of the better ways to get an 2.5" SCSI drive that will work is to get an used Powerbook of a later model that has a SCSI drive. Some of the later models had drives up to 1GB in size. There is a slight risk as the hard drive may not work in the used donor Powerbook or it could get damaged in transit. Sadly, that's the cheapest way for a newer/larger hard drive for those older Powerbooks. A real shame that there isn't a cheaper alternative.
  3. Lord Blackadder, Oct 30, 2014
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2014

    Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

    Lord Blackadder

    May 7, 2004
    Sod off
    In a word, no. You have to weigh the pros and cons and decide what's best for you.

    A used SCSI hard drive will be expensive and of doubtful reliability...I wouldn't recommend against it per se, but you have to accept that old drives are time-bombs and back up your data religiously. You never know when they'll give up. Some will go for 10 more years...others will die a week after you install them.

    There is a SCSI to SD adapter out there for PowerBooks, it's not terribly expensive at $82 AUD and since it uses an SD card it's the most future-proof option.

    If you're planning on running your SCSI PowerBooks for years to come you'll need to plan on getting a different storage solution eventually.

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