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Serial ATA vs ATA
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ykarnay
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May 10, 2007, 02:02 PM
 
Hi all,

I am using PowerBookG4 and the 60GB HD has failed. The new HD 120GB
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16822136072
has just arrived. I've done my homework on finding more about it but yet still confused about Serial ATA vs. ATA drives. Should I go ahead and replace it or it may not be compatible?

Please, let me know.
     
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May 10, 2007, 02:08 PM
 
That drive won't fit in your PowerBook. You need an ATA (IDE) drive like this one Newegg.com - TOSHIBA MK1234GAX 120GB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache ATA-6 Notebook Hard Drive - OEM
     
ykarnay  (op)
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May 10, 2007, 02:15 PM
 
Please, explain why....where did I go wrong? What is the difference? I made sure it was 2.5".
Frustrated!

Does the brand really matter?
Can I get this one then?

Newegg.com - Western Digital Scorpio WD1200VE 120GB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache ATA-6 Notebook Hard Drive - OEM

     
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May 10, 2007, 02:21 PM
 
They have different connectors. Only newer Intel-based machines have SATA connectors, all older mobile Macs which run OS X have ATA connectors.
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May 10, 2007, 03:32 PM
 
If it's the same price, go with the bigger cache. The cache is a very quick memory area and can speed up certain operations on the computer.
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May 10, 2007, 04:31 PM
 
I always had a thing for Fujitsu drives, they are extremely silent … 
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May 10, 2007, 04:35 PM
 
Depends on which model of PowerBook G4 you have since some models only allow 9.5 mm high.

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