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Re: changing the harddisk of a 12" PowerBook 1.33GHz

On Tue, 2005-03-01 at 11:34 +0100, Basile STARYNKEVITCH wrote:
> Dear All,
> My 12" PowerBook, bought in may 2004 with a 60Gb hard disk, is mostly
> running Linux/Debian/Sid with self-compiled kernel 2.6.10 with
> powermanagement & lid management patches (I'm booting MacOSX only for
> Wifi and -very rarely [did it 2 times]- for watching DVDs) and its
> hard disk is dying. I use it mostly with the cover closed, thru ssh,
> using the AC power supply. But I do carry it and use it on batteries
> when needed...

I never use mines with the lid closed, I don't trust the thermal cooling
enough in that case. Also, MacOS X has aggressive thermal control,
ramping down the CPU freq when the machine overheats, etc..., while I
think we have quite dumber one.

> Does the power management of Linux (which did make a progress lately)
> has a practical influence on hard disk reliability. I think that
> having the hard disk failing after 9 months is disappointing.

Was the hard disk overheating ? It may just be a bad HD, that happens. I
have a long experience of Mac laptops, and have had several cases of HD
failing before a full year.

> I intend to replace the hard disk with something a bit better (80Gb,
> 5400RPM), like eg a 80Gb hard disk 5400RPM eg Hitachi Travelstar 5K80
> 80 Go 2"1/2 5400 RPM 8 Mb/cache or Samsung MP0804H. Is it a reasonable
> choice (notably in terms of reliability & power consumption).
> Do you have hints or advice (eg good models or horror stories) for
> changing the hard disk?

Just be extra careful with those flat connectors...


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