Clamshell hd into powerbook 1400cs

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hi i have just purchased a powerbook 1400cs and i was wondering can i put my 6gb ibook clamshell harddrive in the powerbook it would be handy because i am planning to use the powerbook as my wardriving machine,
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Yes, but you might need to dr

Yes, but you might need to drill new holes in the bracket. some of the 1400's had two sets of holes in the bracket, so this may or may not apply. For future reference anything over 8 gigs will be an issue. Also with any drive over ~4.3 gigs you cannot use SCSI disk mode. Another good way to go would be to use a CF card as your HD. Just make sure to leave virtual memory off.

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Yes you can! I had an old 140

Yes you can! I had an old 1400cs, and I put a new hd in it, and I did have to drill new holes, but you have to be careful, because the metal is VERY flimsy. You might be able to find a new bracket that has the correct holes, like on OWC or ifixit. They might have the bracket. If I find it, ill post it.

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Eh

I wedged mine in with some folded paper, works fine. Just small pieces, so there was some space below and at the sides for cooling.

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In my 1400cs, I don't have th

In my 1400cs, I don't have the bracket in at all. Like the Doctors, paper wedges work fine for me.

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could u supply pics. id be in

could u supply pics. id be interested in seeing this. arent u worried 'bout the hd becoming jostled during transport?

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Re: Yes, but you might need to dr

montag wrote:

~4.3 gigs you cannot use SCSI disk mode. Another good way to go would be to use a CF card as your HD. Just make sure to leave virtual memory off.

tell me more how do i disable scsi disk mode? and i am on a budget blew all my money on fluro red plastic paint for my 1400 and new ram and 6 new batteries

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There is a wealth of info ava

There is a wealth of info available in the Knowledge Base at docs.info.apple.com

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HDD mounting in PB1400

I met the same non-standard standard hole-spacing. With a centrepunch I made four inward 'dimples' around the HDD cradle's top edge to make a force-fit with the top edge of the HDD's body. This maintained the metal-to-metal grounding that screw-fixing gives, and which may not occur when paper wedges are used. If you don't intend to use the PB while you are the pillion-passenger on a cross-country motorbike, the force-fit holds the HDD quite well enough.

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Re: could u supply pics. id be in

gobabushka wrote:

arent u worried 'bout the hd becoming jostled during transport?

Not really, it's wedged in there pretty firmly, and the keyboard frame above it holds it down fairly well. There's not really anything critical nearby* for it to make contact with/spark/short/damage, it's mostly surrounded by plastic. And I don't try and defrag my drive while I'm moving it, so no, not really.

But I take note of grannysmith's comment about electrical grounding, and I recall that this -was- meant to be a temporary fix till I worked out something better. I was thinking cable ties at the time.

*This is on a 1400 /edit/ a 1400 that has a piece of ice-cream bucket glued over the crack on the back cover Smile

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SCSI/Target Disk Mode

Blade_Avenger wrote:

tell me more how do i disable scsi disk mode? and i am on a budget blew all my money on fluro red plastic paint for my 1400 and new ram and 6 new batteries

SCSI (or Target) Disk Mode (SDM) doesn't need to be disabled. It is an aid to repair or troubleshooting, and its code is entirely in ROM. It turns your PB's hard drive into an external hard drive attached to whatever 'host' you use. The mode, which is completely discretionary when you wish to use it, cannot be disabled easily. The default SCSI ID for a PB in SDM is 0-2-0, but this can be changed in the Control Panel PowerBook SCSI Disk Mode.

No System loads when SDM is invoked by pin 30 in the HDI-30 connector on the special dark grey cable, or by a switchable pin 30 in a DOCK/SCSI adapter. As soon as the presence of an active pin 30 is sensed by the PB, SDM is up and running. Hence the warning, in the kb article quoted by Jon, about not leaving the cable attached when you don't need it.

You will not need even to think about the mode unless you intend to use it. However, also built into the ROM of the 1400 is the inability to use SDM with HDDs of more than 4GB.

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