failed hdd in ibook; what to do?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by homeshire, Dec 20, 2007.

  1. macrumors regular

    Jul 24, 2002
    Ohio, looking toward Germany
    i have hands on an ibook with specs as below. the hdd has failed and will not boot. i am way too stupid to hunt down a replacement hdd. i have zero experience here. could someone tell me a good replacement? don't need top of the line, just want to get the book functioning again. the failed drive is a hitachi ic25n060atmr04-0.


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  2. macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
  3. macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Here's a nice one (ATA-6 interface). But Eidorian's right - replacing an HD in an iBook isn't for the uninitiated. I did it once and it took me two hours. If you decide to do it, be sure you have no distractions for the duration and get yourself an ice cube rack to put screws in from each step of the process. Here's a good walk-through (only 57 pages long). Let us know how it goes.
  4. macrumors member

    Dec 14, 2007
    Indeed. Taking off the top case and bottom case with no experience is a bear. Apple using a special nylon tool to do it. It can be done but it's not an easy repair by any means. Apple will replace it for about 300 bucks. I'd say just go with Apple. Or buy your own HD and find a third party to put it in for you.
  5. macrumors 68000


    Mar 8, 2007
    Blue Dot, Red State
    actually, it's not that bad. I replaced the HD on my 800 MHz ibook last week, took less than an hour. there are about 40 screws and three hex bolts (8 mm). All you need is a small phillips screwdriver, an 8 mm hex wrench, and a small flat-head screwdriver for prying. The worst part is disconnecting the powersupply and speakers from the logic board after the case is split.

    just keep track of which screw goes where. There is a good guide on iFixit.

    edit: just saw that you are talking about a G4, sorry, might be more difficult.
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 5, 2007
    In the great white north
    If you are going to spend $300 - $400, put this money towards a macbook and sell your ibook on greedbay (ebay).
  7. macrumors 65816


    Sep 18, 2006
    I agree. Either change the hard drive yourself or sell the thing, its not worth paying that much money + the cost of a hard drive to get an old ibook working again.

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