Wanting advice on upgrading Powerbook HDD

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by frozencarbonite, Jan 25, 2008.

  1. frozencarbonite macrumors 6502


    Aug 3, 2006
    I'm wanting to upgrade my 80gig hdd to something bigger. I understand that I have to use an ATA 6 (ATA100) interface. I'd like to get a 7200rpm drive if possible. I'd also like something like a 200gig capacity. The problem is finding that combination in a hard drive. Not many out there.

    Does anyone know of any good places to look? I'll probably have to go with a 5400rpm drive. I hate to lose that speed, but I'd rather have a larger capacity.
  2. gr8tfly macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N
    I just bought a 250GB Western Digital PATA from OWC (Otherworld Computing) for $149 (for :apple:tv). Should work fine in PB.

    The next drive down looks to be Hitachi, Seagate or WD 160GB, 5400RPM. I had the Hitachi in my 17" PB 1.67. 200GB 7200 is only available in SATA versions.

    Newegg is another place to look.
  3. OrangeSVTguy macrumors 601


    Sep 16, 2007
    Northeastern Ohio
  4. matthewHUB macrumors 6502

    Nov 29, 2005
    don't get the extra speed.

    My 80gb 5400 in a PB 12" 1ghz went all screwy so i bought a 160gb 7200 drive. My computer now sleeps uncontrollably whenever i do something intensive. i think it's overheating due to the increased rpm. i deal with it but it's annoying.
  5. iSaint macrumors 603


    May 26, 2004
    South Mississippi y'all, near the water!
    I want to upgrade my PB so bad, but I have a year left on my AppleCare.
  6. djinn macrumors 68000


    Oct 4, 2003
    You can upgrade your HDD without voiding your warranty. Apple just won't cover your new HDD if it fails. And if you are that worried you can just swap out the drives if you have to take your laptop in for any problems, other then a problem with your HDD.
  7. frozencarbonite thread starter macrumors 6502


    Aug 3, 2006
    I did not know that. I waited until mine ran out.
  8. matthewHUB macrumors 6502

    Nov 29, 2005
    anyone got any ideas as to how i can stop my PB g4 sleeping uncontrollably? see my post above....

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