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replacing hard drive

2619 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Aug 19, 2008 5:35 PM by louie RSS
rgdio Calculating status...
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Jun 23, 2008 10:51 PM
I'm replacing my crashed hard drive, and am unsure about whether the new one is compatible. It's an older powerbook, ran on panther, 15" G4, 1.5 GHz. I WILL be installing Leopard on it though once the new drive is in. Anyway, when looking for the replacement, the employee said the Western Digital Scorpio, 2.5", 8 MB Cache 5400 RPM *SATA* will work (and he was really confident), so i bought it. The side of the box even says it's compatible with Mac OS X 10.2+ or later.

But after recently reading some websites, i've seen NOT to get SATA for my model, but PATA... no idea what it means, but is this still true for my case? I haven't opened it yet, so i can still return it.
15" G4 powerbook, Mac OS X (10.2.x)
  • Frank F. Level 2 Level 2 (200 points)
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    Jun 24, 2008 12:13 AM (in response to rgdio)
    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.
  • cornelius Level 6 Level 6 (17,825 points)
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    Jun 24, 2008 7:59 PM (in response to rgdio)

    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.

    Good luck.

    PismoG4 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
  • Christopher Wall Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 19, 2008 3:52 PM (in response to rgdio)
    So I just ran into this on a PowerBook G4 1.67 15". Are there any good sites with instructions on replacing the hard drive?
    Mac Pro 2.66, Mac OS X (10.5.4), PowerBook 15" & iMac G5 20"
  • louie Level 4 Level 4 (2,945 points)
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    Aug 19, 2008 5:35 PM (in response to Christopher Wall)
    15" std rez AlBook 1.67GHz, among others, Mac OS X (10.4.11)


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