Powerbook G4 HDD Recommendations

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by suprdave1, Feb 26, 2009.

  1. suprdave1 macrumors newbie

    Jan 12, 2009
    I searched around and got a few ideas, but not really enough info to make a decision. So - for all of you with your nearly obsolete Powerbook G4's I'm looking for your recommendations!

    I have a few bucks and am looking to do one last upgrade to my 15" Aluminum Powerbook G4. Basically this will take it through until its death, whenever down the road that may be. I will max out the ram and replace the hard drive.

    My question:

    What is the best, quietest, fastest, coolest running hard drive I could get? I'll be looking for something in the 100GB range, probably, I don't really need the internal drive to be much bigger, I have other external drives for data capacity purposes.
  2. Davy.Shalom macrumors 6502


    Dec 23, 2008
    I second that. Your best bet is the WD 250 GB. I have that in my 12", and it runs very quietly and does not generate as much heat as the old 80 GB 4200 RPM that was in there.

    However, with all powerbooks, opening the case and installing the drive is rather difficult for the first time, because there are a lot of screws. My advice would be to go to iFixit and download a PDF guide, then print it.
  3. suprdave1 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 12, 2009
    well, 2 for 2 on the WD, and I looked at the online reviews and they looked pretty good, too. Anyone know how the Seagate compares? I've heard of them before, but I just don't really know anything about what the good brands of hard drives are.

    I will definitely be printing out the ifixit guide. I've read up a LOT on the process, so I feel pretty confident about being able to do it easily. I'm honestly not even worried about the dreaded clips. Electronics repairs are usually a breeze for me. In fact, I actually even had FUN replacing the screen in my old ipod.
  4. TDM21 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 7, 2004
  5. panzer06 macrumors 68030


    Sep 23, 2006
    There's even a 320GB 2.5 inch PATA drive now.

  6. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Very nice; didn't see that coming.
  7. OrangeSVTguy macrumors 601


    Sep 16, 2007
    Northeastern Ohio
    Well the best, quietest, fastest and coolest hard drive will probably be a SSD hard drive. You will pay twice the price but only get half the capacity as a spinning hard drive.

    You could always install an SSD as your boot/app/OS drive and replace your optical drive for a larger capacity hard drive to use as storage like your home folder.
  8. charlieroberts macrumors 6502a


    Feb 5, 2007
    Are there PATA SSD ?

    I think not... but could be wrong
  9. bartelby macrumors Core


    Jun 16, 2004
    Did you actually click the link?
  10. OrangeSVTguy macrumors 601


    Sep 16, 2007
    Northeastern Ohio
    Apparently not. You can also use compact flash cards and use a cheap IDE/CF adapter.

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