Best place to get PB hardrive installed?

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  1. lazyboy922 macrumors 6502

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    I don't trust myself using the ifixit guides, so I was curious if anyone has taken in their powerbook to get a new hardrive installed? Where is the best place? Apple?

    I was also wondering the cost.

    Thanks!

    Don
     
  2. AlBDamned macrumors 68030

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    I'm not sure about where, but I was at an Apple repair centre on Saturday and they said to replace the drive on a powerbook is around AU$250, which for me would have been more than I paid for my new 160GB drive in the first place!

    I actually replaced it myself in the end using the iFixit guide. I had the same fears as you, but aside from one issue with a rounded screw, it went absolutely fine.

    If you're ok with screws and screwdrivers and your laptop is out of warranty, I'd really recommend replacing it yourself - just make sure you use high quality screwdrivers (can be bought for not much at all!).
     
  3. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    > Best place to get PB hardrive installed?

    Inside of the Powerbook...


    ;)


    If you don't want to tackle it yourself, I would take it to an independent Apple dealer. They'll charge you probably $40 - $80, more if you want them to transfer your data as well (time consuming)
     
  4. lazyboy922 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the quick replies!

    My hardrive is fine, I just didn't get the BTO 7200 RPM drive, and want to get every possible speed boost I can. I don't mind the decreased battery life, but I also don't want to ruin my powerbook! I would pay the $40 to $80 to have someone do it. I will just have to find an authorized reseller. I think CompUSA has techs that would do it, but i'm not sure I trust them!
     
  5. t1937r0 macrumors 6502a

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    Its actually pretty easy. If you follow directions well, move slowly and
    don't try to force anything, you should have no problems replacing your
    hard drive. As you are following the instructions, make sure you tape
    the small parts onto sheets of paper with part sizes and step numbers
    written on them.

    I've replaced drives in 4 or 5 powerbooks. The 12" ones are by far the
    toughest. Lots more parts to take out.

    In addition to putting a 160GB drive in my 15" powerbook, I replaced the
    optical drive with one of these. It went very smoothly, and works perfectly.
    The only problem I've had is that Apple's DVD Player application doesn't
    seem to want to recognize DVDs in my now external superdrive. Other
    players, like VLC work fine with the external superdrive.

    I now have a >300GB powerbook!
     
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  7. AlBDamned macrumors 68030

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    Yeah that's definitely a good suggestion. I used a baking tray with 12 cups to separate all the different screws from different sides.

    I was wondering about this. I guess it's a lot more crammed in than the bigger models.

    I'd love to have a 12" PowerBook as a travel machine.
     
  8. t1937r0 macrumors 6502a

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    The parts are pretty much shoehorned in on all of them. The difference
    is in the design. In the 12" powerbook, the hard drive mounting bracket
    is partially beneath an internal frame that requires you to remove almost
    everything in the machine before you can get to the hard drive. On
    the larger models, the drive sits outside of the internal frame.
     
  9. Vinnie_vw macrumors 6502

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    Do they have 300GB laptop-drives or did you cram a full-sized/multiple ones in there?
     
  10. t1937r0 macrumors 6502a

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    Replaced the original drive with 160GB. Replaced optical drive with
    160GB. Total = 320GB. But no onboard optical drive... :( :D
     
  11. Vinnie_vw macrumors 6502

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    Who cares? Pretty cool, dude! :cool:
     

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