View Full Version : replace hard drive on ibook
Jul 24, 2004, 08:40 PM
my hard drive is pretty much shot on my ibook (G3 700MHz)... i've been running off an external for a while now but have been too busy to get the HD replaced...
i was wondering how much it would cost to get the HD replaced (and possibly the controller)... i'm not about to do it myself.
can i purchase a 3rd party HD and ask apple to replace it, or do i go to them and say "put this HD in my computer"... or should i go someplace else like compusa?
any help would be greatly appreciated...
Jul 24, 2004, 08:47 PM
Check out this thread (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=63590), among, I'm sure, others.
Seems like it won't cost you all that much.
Jul 24, 2004, 08:55 PM
Here (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=79323) is another one.
Sure you don't want to try it yourself? Doesn't sound all that bad...
Jul 24, 2004, 09:32 PM
Duff-Man says...just to clarify -jsw's links refer to a 12" powerbook hard drive upgrade (at least the link I checked). While similar, it is not quite the same as with the iBook...here's a link for installing iBook hard drive (http://www.yourmaui.com/ibook.html) that should show you how much work is involved....not nearly as bad as with the early clamshell iBooks....oh yeah!
Jul 24, 2004, 10:31 PM
Duff-Man says...just to clarify -jsw's links refer to a 12" powerbook hard drive upgrade (at least the link I checked).
My bad. Although the 1st link specifically mentions 700MHz iBooks (G3's, I think), the 2nd one doesn't. And neither is especially useful, except to provide some good member names to PM for details.
Jul 25, 2004, 03:57 AM
Doing it yourself is easy, but it takes a LOT of patience and a digital camera. I did mine (and a superdrive upgrade) in about an hour total.
If your comfortable with it, do it yourself. Its not that bad.
Jul 25, 2004, 01:16 PM
you can do it it just takes a while nothing is that sensitive you dont even have to toutch the logic board just make sure not to loose any screws get a service manual (which i can give to you over ichat email@example.com) and print it out placeing the screws on the print out where they are suposed to go.
it will take a while but nothing can really go that wrong, just keep liquids away and dont put undue pressure on things.