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  1. #1

    Member Since
    Nov 23, 2009
    Unhappy hard drive enclosure
    I need to buy a hard drive enclosure.

    It will enclose the hard drive from my previous, broken iBook G4

    I'll be transferring the files to an identical iBook G4 running OS X 10.4.6

    I will probably only ever use the device once, for this single transfer

    I want it to be CHEAP, but I need it to work.

    I would like to hear from someone who has actually used a hard drive enclosure on an iBook, running OS X.

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    Dysfunction's Avatar
    Member Since
    Mar 17, 2008
    Tucson, AZ
    as long as your usb ports work, it should work.
    This machine kills fascists
    Got # ? phear the command line!

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    Collin Bl's Avatar
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    Apr 07, 2009
    Napier NZ
    Better still keep it and use for a Bootable back up - good protection for future failures.

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    Member Since
    Nov 23, 2009
    Can I boot through USB or only through Firewire?

    Is my drive SATA or ATA (IDE)?

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    dtravis7's Avatar
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    Jan 04, 2005
    Modesto, Ca.
    Below is a pretty good selection. The iBook uses a 2.5" IDE hard drive. Any of these will work but as far as booting, an G4 Macs will not boot off USB 2.0. Some say there is a way but most will tell you no. 2 or 3 of the enclosures in this url have both USB 2.0 and Firewire. If you want to be sure you can boot from the external, get one of them. Hope this helps. - Computer Hardware,Computer Accessories,External Enclosures,2.5",IDE

    Just a note to tell you, I own an iBook G4 12" 1.33 Ghz which was the very last iBook G4 before the switch to Intel and the Macbook. I plugged in my external DVD drive and it will not even show up in the boot list holding Option down nor boot holding down C with the OSX DVD in the drive. So go with a Firewire enclosure if you want to boot from it.

  6. #6
    Would agree with dtravis7 ... go with an external FireWire IDE ata .. not SATA..

    I uses mine alot for backups and images for the G4 Series iBooks and PowerBooks
    It is invaluable to me.

    also just as a side note you can use an older iPod with FireWire to boot from and
    use for smaller backups as well.. memory serves correctly it has to be pre-video though

    Check it out here OS X running on iPod
    Ce's GeekBook PC guru wana Be turned Mac geek

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    UnclKracker's Avatar
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    Mar 03, 2009
    My enclosure is made by ADS technologies it has both FireWire and USB connections. It will boot up my Mac when connected via FireWire. I also own one from "MAD DOG" it will not boot. I called the manufacturer and I was told the chipset has to be Mac compatible. They don't tell you that in the operators manual or the spec sheet.

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