SSD in PowerBook G4 12” (A1010 EMC 1986)

Faloude

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Oct 6, 2018
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I have a beautiful PowerBook G4 12” 1 GHZ powerpc (A1010) here with a dead hard drive which I want to replace with a SSD.

Is there any reason why a mSATA SSD (with mSATA to IDE adapter) would not work on this device?
 

Raging Dufus

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Aug 2, 2018
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I'd recommend mSATA SSD's in IDE adapters for any PowerPC-based portable.

I've had four of them, installed in:
  • PowerBook G3 Pismo 500 MHz
  • PowerBook G4 Titanium 867 MHz
  • PowerBook G4 12" 1.33 GHz
  • PowerBook G4 15" HR DLSD 1.67 GHz
They've served my needs quite well. They're noticeably faster than any spinning platter drive; just don't expect rocket-like performance - I think that's been oversold a bit. Your PowerBook has an ATA-100 drive bus that will limit the SSD's throughput, but it will make the most of it and you should notice a nice improvement over the stock HDD. Plus complete silence, cooler running, better shock protection and longer life.

Just make sure you choose well. Opening up a 12-inch "Little Al" is something best done only once if you can help it, those things are a real pain to work on. If there's anything else you'd like to change/fix, try to do it all in one go.

I've been very happy with the 120 GB Intel SSDMCEAW120A4 in my 12-inch running Tiger. I have it in one of these adapters [ATTN MODS: not my auction]. There are other options as well, that's just what I've used and am happy with. Do your research, open 'er up, and enjoy!
 

amagichnich

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Feb 3, 2017
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Stuttgart, Germany
I have a beautiful PowerBook G4 12” 1 GHZ powerpc (A1010) here with a dead hard drive which I want to replace with a SSD.

Is there any reason why a mSATA SSD (with mSATA to IDE adapter) would not work on this device?
Please, do tell me what "PowerBook G4 12” (1986)" means - the year? Model number? Out of curiosity: Where did you get this number from?
 
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