PowerBook G4 HDD Replacement?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by mark10197, Jan 18, 2009.

  1. mark10197 macrumors member

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    Hi,
    I came across a 250gb 2.5' IDE laptop hard drive at a garage sale today. The guy who was selling it had no clue what is so he sold it to me for five bucks. I plugged it into hard drive to usb adapter and it worked. Now my question is, can I install it in my PB G4? I don't know if its possible and I really don't want to clone my drives and take the whole computer apart and find out it doesn't work. I have a 1.5ghz PB, with 1.5 gb of ram btw.
     
  2. Heb1228 macrumors 68020

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    Yeah, just make sure its a 9.5mm drive as opposed to the larger form factor 12mm.

    Here's a guide with photos. You can also find some help on youtube.
     
  3. mark10197 thread starter macrumors member

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  4. JustGretchen macrumors 6502

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    The heat that larger drive may give off may be more than your powerbook will like.

    Generally, I've seen things that suggest you should stay at 120gb or below in a powerbook because it's not designed/engineered for the higher heat of a bigger/faster drive than that.
     
  5. iToaster macrumors 68000

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    I had a 250 GB HDD in my 12" PowerBook before I sold it and there was no difference between the previous 100 GB and the new one temperature wise.
     
  6. cherry su macrumors 65816

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    wow you really got a good deal there. hope it doesn't crap out on you in a week!
     

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