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2619 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Aug 19, 2008 5:35 PM by louie
SATA drives have a different interface than PATA drives (serial rather than parallel) and therefore cannot work in any PowerBook.
Return the SATA drive and get a PATA model instead. I recommend that you stay with Western Digital, because they are offering the single biggest PATA drive on the market: The WD2500BEVE with 250 GB.
If you want the largest (P)ATA/IDE HDD currently available, the WD 250 GB drive is your only option. If you do not need that much storage capacity, other considerations include user satisfaction and manufacturer's warranty. The average life of a modern HDD is 3 to 5 years, and a great number of them fail in the first year. The warranty is therefore an important consideration. Seagate's 5 year warranty gives an additional 66% of time with the two extra years. Here is a list of available drives for your computer. Use the sidebar to screen for manufacturers and capacities.
If you plan to install the HDD yourself and need step by step directions and additonal tips, please do post back and ask.
corneliusPismoG4 550, 120GB 5400 Seagate internal, 1 GB RAM; Pismo 500 OS X (10.4.11), Mac OS X (10.4.11), Beige G3 OS 8.6
Currently Being ModeratedAug 19, 2008 5:35 PM (in response to Christopher Wall)Funny you should ask...
http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Mac/PowerBook-G4-Al-15-Inch-1-5-1-67-BT-2-0-LR/6415" std rez AlBook 1.67GHz, among others, Mac OS X (10.4.11)