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Are the hard drives compatible

Will a hard drive from an iBook g4 work in the iBook g3?

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Yup, all iBooks use standard ATA (as opposed to serial ATA, i.e. SATA) hard drives, so you're all set.

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Yup, you will also see this referred to as "Parallel ATA (PATA)" or just 2.5" IDE.

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True. It's funny though how the "parallel" ATA name was retro-actively created when SATA came around, i.e. back in the day there was only ATA, or IDE, and no "parallel" distinction.

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