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sandman42
Sep 1, 2004, 11:19 PM
It looks like my Combo Drive in my iBook is dead, and Apple says it will be too expensive for them to fix it (the guy said "close to $1k"!). I'm thinking about replacing it myself. I'm not afraid of doing the work, but I'm not sure what replacement drive to get.

My computer has a Toshiba SD-R2002 in it now, and from searching the web it looks like the Toshiba SD-R2412 is a popular replacement. Problem is, they don't seem to be available anywhere.

Can anyone recommend any other replacements? Can I just plug in the new drive and expect it to work? The new drives are much faster than my original drive - will my computer be able to take advantage of that speed increase?

Thanks!

musicpyrite
Sep 1, 2004, 11:22 PM
First off, what type of iBook is it, slot-loading, or tray?

sigamy
Sep 1, 2004, 11:24 PM
Instructions, it's not impossible but not fun either:
http://www.yourmaui.com/ibook.html

Places to buy, you may find it cheaper elsewhere but here's a few:
http://www.powerbookmedic.com/xcart1/catalog/Combo_Drive_CDRW_DVD_iBook_Snow_Dual_USB-p-16359.html

http://www.wegenermedia.com/ibkdrv.htm

Or throw a SuperDrive in there:
http://www.mcetech.com/dvdrwibkdusb.html

sandman42
Sep 2, 2004, 12:31 AM
First off, what type of iBook is it, slot-loading, or tray?

Sorry, it's a tray-loading 600MHz, Dual USB.