View Full Version : iBook internal HDD used as an external HDD?

Aug 2, 2007, 08:20 AM
I have a dead/dying old G4 iBook (logic board failure) and was wondering whether I can remove the internal drive and mount it in an external case, and use it as an external USB or Firewire drive? The drive has some valuable data on it which I'd like to keep, and the iBook only boots for a few minutes each time (if I'm lucky).

Is it just a matter of opening it up, taking the drive out, and taking it along to a computer shop who should be able to kit me out?


mad jew
Aug 2, 2007, 08:24 AM
Yep. That's easy to do with a 2.5" enclosure. I hope you get all your data back. :)

Aug 2, 2007, 08:28 AM
Great, thanks very much! I've found the iFixit disassembly instructions so I can at least get the drive out.

So I need a 2.5" enclosure? Anything specific, or are they all the same? Anybody got a link to an online store so I can at least take a look?

mad jew
Aug 2, 2007, 08:29 AM
Get a Firewire one if you want to be able to boot other PPC machines from it. :)