PowerBook G4 hard drive replacement

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by gmohr, Apr 8, 2011.

  1. gmohr macrumors newbie

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  2. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    That PB model doesn't support SATA. You'll need to find an IDE Ultra DMA/100 (ATA-6). You should be able to find up to 250GB. Hope this helps.
     
  3. Joshuarocks macrumors 6502

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    Actually, there is a way.. here is the link to add PATA-SATA adapter.. converts your pata to a sata, so you can use sata drives in the powerbook.

    http://microsatacables.com/catalog/i196.html

    I know someone who put this small, micro adapter in and now he can use any sata drive and ssd sata based drive.. the only drawback: SATA I speed, for now though I heard they may come out with a SATA II version.
     
  4. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    Hummm... It's 1" wide. The connector in the PB is a flex cable and both it and the drive butt up against the logic board. I can't see how that adapter board could possibly fit.

    If someone's done it, I'd highly recommend the OP try and find a picture of the install in the PB, before committing to a SATA.

    It's a nice idea, though, as it does have more options for capacity.
     
  5. gmohr thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks

    Thanks very much for the guidance. I am trying to spend as little as possible to get the PB running so it's just as well.
     

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