PowerBook G4 HDD Replacement?

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

  1. mark10197 macrumors member

    May 31, 2008
    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


    Feb 3, 2004
    Virginia Beach, VA
    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

    May 31, 2008
  4. JustGretchen macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2008
    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


    May 3, 2007
    In front of my MacBook Pro
    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

    cherry su

    Feb 28, 2008
    wow you really got a good deal there. hope it doesn't crap out on you in a week!

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