Which Hard Drive for a Wallstreet?

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Hey all:

I've got a Wallstreet PowerBook that I picked up recently (ultra-sweet deal; free!) that is in need of a hard drive transplant. I've been shopping for a replacement hard drive for it, but am not sure what to get. I'd like to put a 5400RPM mechanism in it for performance sake, but I had read a while back that ATA-6 drives don't mix well with Wallstreets, and had that confirmed by a tech rep from Other World Computing. The trouble is I can't seem to find any drives on the market these days that don't use ATA-6 interfaces.

I know there are a few Wallstreet users on AF, and it's likely that some of you have replaced a drive recently; care to share what you bought and how it's working for you?

Thanks a ton!

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use the force Luke

Err, well, actually just go to xlr8yourmac and search the drive database for the info you seek.

No offense meant to all the superknowledgable AFers here, but the xlr8yourmac database is soooo extensive it's not even funny how many reports you'll find exactly addressing your question.

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i recently put a hard drive f

i recently put a hard drive from my dell inspiron 1000 into my lombard, are they close to the same thing? it was a 40gb, split into 8gb and what evers left. OSX didnt like it at first, but after a few formats it seems to be fine now.

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What worked best for me was t

What worked best for me was the 10 gig drive from my ibook after I replaced it.

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My 40gb Toshiba Drive for my pismo

When I got my 40 gb drive for my pismo, iI just found out what the model was and got it from newegg, and I paid about half of what OWC wanted.

BTW: Here's the model of my drive (it is ATA-5 compatible): MK4026GAX

It's a Toshiba Drive.

EDIT: It was about $70 or so.

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Re: use the force Luke

dankephoto wrote:

Err, well, actually just go to xlr8yourmac and search the drive database for the info you seek.

No offense meant to all the superknowledgable AFers here, but the xlr8yourmac database is soooo extensive it's not even funny how many reports you'll find exactly addressing your question.

dan k

I had kinda forgotten about the xlr8yourmac database until after I had posted this, of course. I did some poking around there & found that there are several entries from people using 5400RPM drives in Wallstreets with good success.

I also got some clarification on the ATA-6/Wallstreet issue from the guys at OWC; the issues with that interface seems to be limited to a few manufacturers' drives. So on their recommendation I ordered a Fujitsu 40GB drive for it. Also ordered a 256MB low-profile RAM stick for it. That oughta keep my daughter in computer gear for her college years!

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i've a 30gig hd for my lombar

i've a 30gig hd for my lombard
hitachi travelstar model number #ic25n030atmr04 4200 rpm, works pretty good, i'm using it right now with panther.

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