Powerbook G3 drive bay port question

livingfortoday

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I have a question for all you Powerbook G3 owners out there. I have a Lombard, so I don't know if this is different on your models or not, but here goes.

The Powerbook G4 I had before had a little cable which converted the hard drive connection into a little weird connector that plugged into the logic board. I took apart my CD drive on my G3 Powerbook today, and saw that it connects through a similar port in the drive bay. In fact, it looks just like the one used on the Powerbook G3 drive bay, only smaller. So, I'm wondering if there's a converter to get 2.5" drives to connect in the Powerbook G3 drive bays? That'd be pretty sweet if I could swap an extra drive in and out like that.
 

Makosuke

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Pretty sure that since an optical drive can work in those bays, so can a hard drive. I thought I'd seen empty cases for the bays for sale in the past, but a quick look now didn't turn anything up. If you want to test, you could pull apart your optical drive module and see if a hard drive in it will mount.

Maybe buy a broken optical drive tray on eBay or something?
 

livingfortoday

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Well, the problem is that the optical drive uses a weird little connector to connect in the bay. Ditto for the Powerbook G4 hard drive. So I was wondering if there was a conversion kit to make it possible to connect a 2.5" hard drive with a G3 bay.

I just saw that some companies made hard drive bay expansions, and some sell DIY kits, but for way too much. I planned on using a extra bay I had and sticking in an extra drive I had, I just can't seem to find a connector to make it work.

Edit: I would do it like this guy here with his 1400:
http://mywebpages.comcast.net/macdan/pb1400_hd_ebm.html

Only difference is the connectors in the bay are different, which is why I need some sort of conversion thingiemabobber.
 

livingfortoday

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Mods - Should this maybe be moved over to the "Apple Collectors" forum, as it's not exactly new hardware? Just a thought. And a bump :) .
 

RacerX

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livingfortoday said:
So, I'm wondering if there's a converter to get 2.5" drives to connect in the Powerbook G3 drive bays? That'd be pretty sweet if I could swap an extra drive in and out like that.
Yes, I've been using these for years (have a 20 GB drive in my expansion bay on my PowerBook right now)... you can find the kits here.