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What is the life expectancy of a Powerbook G4 hard drive?

Asked by chungdh (1points) March 7th, 2009

I am afraid my Powerbook G4 is beginning to break down. The battery gave out and I had to replace already. Now, I am often unable to boot from the hard drive and have to boot from an external fire wire drive. My Powerbook’s hard drive just plain sounds like it’s dying. When I turn it off, it slowly whirrs to a stop these days. I’d love to get another year or two out of my machine if possible. Does anyone have any advice for me? Thanks.

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Dog's avatar

Even new hard drives can fail- often without warning.
Be sure you are fully backed up at all times.

Bagardbilla's avatar

On my Pismo, I got seven years out of original HD. The two subsiquent replacments (new) I’ve been lucky to get a year & a half out of each!
They just don’t make em like the old days;)
Run “Disk Utility” and repair permissions.
Once finished, highlight HD and see what it says on the very bottom re “S.M.A.R.T Status”. If it says verified you should ‘generally’ be ok. But if it’s making noises… I’d make regular backup and pray to HD gods a lot :o
—a couple of sacrificial mice might not hurt either.—

StellarAirman's avatar

Indeed, every hard drive will fail eventually, which is why backups are so important, as mentioned.

There is really no guideline or average life on hard drives. Some will last a year, some will last 10 years.

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