Quick question on hard drive upgrade for 12" 867 powerbook

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by mach1andy, Oct 31, 2006.

  1. mach1andy macrumors regular

    Jul 30, 2004
    Los Angeles
    A friend of mine gave me his old 887 12" powerbook because the hard drive is dead. Happy and eager with my fortune, I realized I didn't know which hard drive I should buy. I'm on newegg.com looking and there seems to be several 2.5" drives (for under $60 no less!)

    My question, for this powerbook, do I want an IDE Ultra ATA-100 or an ATA-6 2.5" hard drive for the replacement? Does it make a difference?

    I'm ready to hit 'buy' and would appriciate if anyone can respond!!

    MacRumors community is the best!!

  2. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    They're one and the same. ATA-6 refers to the ATA version number, while Ultra ATA/100 refers to the maximum transfer speed.
  3. ozontheroad macrumors 6502


    Aug 4, 2006
    the reef
    not sure about your IDE Ultra or ATA 6 question

    however be sure to get a 5400 or 7200 rpm HD the difference is notable compared to the 4200 rpm drives

    try to get one with a large buffer (8 - 16 MB) some come with 2 MB

    i would also recommend Seagate (Momentous) or Western Digital (Scorpio)

    I had a WD Scorpio put in my PowerBook (867MHz) a month ago and its very quiet and didn't affect my battery time
  4. mach1andy thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 30, 2004
    Los Angeles

    I went with the Western Digital 80GB hard drive and it works great! These G4 Powerbooks have a ton of screws! I hope my macbook has an improved design. PS:: The hard drive was only $75 with shipping!! Newegg is a great company.

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