Problems upgrading hard drive on first generation mini

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by dusanv, Mar 26, 2011.

  1. dusanv, Mar 26, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2011

    dusanv macrumors 6502

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    I bought a Samsung 160 GB 5400 rpm laptop ATA hard drive to replace the stock 4200 rpm 40 GB that came with the first generation 1.25 GHz G4 mini. I disassembled the machine and put in the new disk and the problems began. The mini will no longer boot from the Leopard install DVD. It just doesn't find it. I reset the PRAM, didn't help. Held the option button during startup, doesn't find any bootable drives. So I pop the stock hard drive in and everything starts working just fine. It boots from it or from the Leopard install DVD.

    I pretty sure I installed the new disk in properly. Is there anything I can do or is that new Samsung just incompatible?

    edit: Disregard the thread. Solved it. I guess the disk has to be plugged in all the way, not even a 0.5 mm gap.
     
  2. dmarch macrumors regular

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    I'm curious how this procedure worked out , as I have a G4 Mini that I was thinking of replacing the HDD. Do you feel you got performance gains making it worth the time and $ invested?
     
  3. satcomer macrumors 603

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    Watch a video on how to replace the hard drive in an iMac G4.
     
  4. dmarch macrumors regular

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    My question was regarding any performance increase the OP saw with this upgrade.
     

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