stupid question...

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Tommyboy74, Nov 2, 2006.

  1. Tommyboy74 macrumors newbie

    Dec 15, 2005
    can I put my old ibook (G3 800Mhz) hard drive into my G4 powerbook (ti 500Mhz)? Would I have to reformat? Or can I just switch them out and keep running the OS 10.3 like normal?

  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    It should be fine. To be safe, I'd reformat the drive and install OSX on it again to ensure the appropriate drivers are installed for the PowerBook. :)
  3. Hockeypuck macrumors regular

    Sep 29, 2006
    Yes, you can. But, why?

    When you install MacOS for the first time (10.4 anyhow) it gives you an option to move things from your old mac via Firewire, it'll recover your account information an all.
  4. Tommyboy74 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 15, 2005
    The ibook logic board just died out again this weekend and I didn't get everything off it that I needed. The Powerbook is old only has a 20 GB hard drive and is running OS 9.2 and the CD/DVD ROM doesn't work on it.

    The ibook has a 40 GB HD and was running OS 10.3.9. I want to switch it out so I can run OS X on the powerbook, b/c I can't install it on the machine since the drive doesn't work. These are computers I have at work and we are getting new Macbook's (or MBP's depending on budget) next year sometime. So I'm looking for something I can do in the meantime. We are the only dept. still on Macs and our IT guys know nothing about anything that's not a PC.

    Basically the answer to your question is I want the bigger HD in the machine that works, plus be able to recover the files I hadn't backed up at the same time.

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