Worth swapping 60gb 4200RPM for 60gb 5400RPM in G4 iBook?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by MaximusUK, Aug 4, 2010.

  1. MaximusUK macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2010
    i have a 14" iBook G4 1.33Ghz 1.25gb Ram 60gb 4200rpm HHD. I have a 60gb 5400rpm HHD lying around and I am wanting to upgrade to Leopard. Is it worth the effort upgrading to a 5400rpm drive? Will I notice a speed increase?
  2. AppleCode macrumors regular


    Jul 28, 2010
    iBook HD

    it's older but the same dilemma.
  3. steviem macrumors 68020


    May 26, 2006
    New York, Baby!
    It's a LOT of screws and flimsy frame around the CD bay as you dismantle it.

    I would say that you won't see much of a performance increase, if you can get an IDE (I don't remember mine using SATA) drive that is more than 100GB and spins at 5400rpm, then you'd see a bit of a difference. Spindle speed and higher density usually combine to give better performance rather than just spindle speed.

    Although, maybe a Runcore 64GB SSD with an IDE adapter would work, and that would give a marked increase being Solid State.
  4. max¥¥ macrumors 6502a

    Aug 7, 2008
    Over there....
    no it is a lot of effort for little if any speed increase, you would be better of maxing out the ram if you haven't already
  5. drewdle macrumors regular

    Apr 26, 2010
    Nanaimo, BC
    I'm gonna be the black sheep here and say DO IT!

    My experience is twofold. My first Mac laptop (which I owned for only a few weeks) was the G4 1.42 / 14" iBook. While usually pretty snappy, it was a dog whenever you let the HD fall asleep. It felt sluggish and unresponsive when multitasking (though I only had 512Mb of memory in it). I only realized long after I got rid of it that it could be sped up.

    The second case experience is my Clamshell, which I'm on right now. Replacing the original 4200rpm 10Gb drive has given this machine impressive chops for a 10 year old laptop. I'm streaming music over the AirPort, surfing in Safari with three tabs open, and running Twitterific, and everything is running great. This wasn't possible with the old hard drive (the memory had been maxed out long before this).

    I think a bigger hard drive would be better if you can get one. I got a 160 for my Clamshell, even though I can only use 128 of that. But if you replace the drive and disable the "Put hard disks to sleep when possible" option under Power Management, I think you'll see a big improvement.

    And the job to pull the drive isn't that bad. I did the Clamshell in just over three hours, and it's supposed to be the worst laptop ever designed when it comes to upgrades.

    http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Repair/Installing-iBook-G4-14-Inch-933-MHz-1-33-GHz-Hard-Drive-Replacement/189/1 - You'll be needing this. :)
  6. MaximusUK thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2010
    I think im gonna do it! Im pretty good with electronics so the screws isnt a problem. My only worries is getting the bottom off without marking it. I have ordered ipod/iphone opener tools. Will this help greatly?

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