Can apple upgrade my PB 12" HDD?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by hob, Jan 22, 2005.

  1. hob
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    hob

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    Hey, I was wondering - could I stroll into the Apple Store at some point and say, could you put a bigger HDD in here please? (It's still under AppleCare, but I realise I'd have to pay at least for the drive if not the labour too...)

    My 40GB HDD doesn't cut it anymore... also, whilst looking into this, I found I couldn't tell how fast my current hard disk is.

    Anyway, so yeah - is it doable? I've 19.44GBs of music that I like/want to carry round on my PB rather than have shunted onto my Ext. FW Drive...

    Hob

    P.S - My current HDD (the toshiba) is actually my 2nd HDD in this powerbook, the first one was a Matsui or something... anyway - for some reason the Hard Drive AND the RAM all decided to crash out one day, so they were replaced by the Square Group in London...
     
  2. macrumors G3

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    Your drive is a 4200rpm HDD. They should be able to do the swap, but you are looking at 1 1/2 to 2 hours of labor at $75 or $85. Not to mention that Apple will probably charge a ton of money for their "replacement" drives.

    You might want to look at something like the Lacie Mobile HDD's. I have the 40gb FW version and it is sweet and small.
     
  3. d_p
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    DIY

    I ordered an 80GB drive from OWC and installed it myself in my 12" PB. I used the info found here: http://pbfixit.com/Guide/. I probably voided my any warranty that I had, but I never wanted Applecare anyway.

    dan
     
  4. hob
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    hob

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    Thanks for the info, I think I'll drop in and see what they say.

    Would it really take more than an hour?! I know there's a hellavalotta screws, but still... hmmm...

    I'll report back!

    Hob
     
  5. macrumors G3

    Chip NoVaMac

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    The quotes I gave came from an independent Apple shop. So I will be interested in hearing what Apple themselves say.
     
  6. macrumors regular

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    Apple wont do it.

    You'll have to find someone to install it. Apple will not install or upgrade a HDD ever, even in desktops. (Except for service parts of coarse)
     
  7. hob
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    So if I go to an authorised retailer and ask them to do it, will I void my warranty?
     
  8. macrumors G3

    Chip NoVaMac

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    That will not void your warranty.
     

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