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hi i was wondering with the powerbook 1400cs how would one go about an external hard disk because i just got this machine and i wanted more space but i was going to put my clamshells hd into but i sold it with out much time to change the hd so would i use the scsi plug at the back and what cords and such would i need ?

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SCSI port

To use the SCSI port on your laptop, I think you would need one of these:
SCSI adapter, HDI-30 to DB-25 (w/ Dock Switch to connect a PB to another Mac or an external SCSI HD in a powered enclosure)
or,
SCSI adapter, HDI-30 to DB-25 (without Dock Switch),
(To connect to a SCSI HD in a powered enclosure.)
Plus the cables, DB-25 to whatever the enclosure needs.
Best bet may be to upgrade the internal HD.
I hope this helps,
Dave

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And of course you'll have to

And of course you'll have to use a SCSI HDD with it as the external, unless you happen to have a SCSI-IDE adapter board. Wink

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Full size SCSI disks probably cost about the same as laptop size ATA ones, per gig. And the 50 pin ones top out at around 4 gig, 9 if you're lucky. An external is handy for backups and copying, but bang for buck the best bet is probably to upgrade the internal ATA. A good one will make your machine quieter and faster too.

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And if you watch the power dr

And if you watch the power draws, a newer HDD might even extend your battery life. Be sure to pay attention to the startup power draw if you let the HDD spin down alot. Spinning it back up might use just as much juice as leaving it running, depending on how long it's been spun down. The Seagate Momentus drives with FDB (Fluid Dynamic Bearing) motors are really nice and quiet.

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The hack method seems cute..

Hacks are good for fun, but if you're actually going to use it, just backup your data and buy a new 30 or 40GB drive and replace the existing drive with it.

You should be backing up your data on a regular basis. The drives in those machines are now up to 10 years old. I try not to trust drives in regular use for more than 2 years..

You may need to put some new holes in the little sled the drive sits in, but that's fairly easy. The hard part is untucking the IDE cable out of the case, but if you go carefully, it's easy enough.

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