hard drive replacement on g4 1ghz iBook

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by howard, Mar 17, 2007.

  1. macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2002
    My GF's ibook is dieing. I'm 99% sure its the hard drive. It will boot up on occasion, then freeze. The hard drive makes the same noise over and over till I shut it off. Sometimes it won't start, sometimes it won't find the startup disk. Sometimes it will work fine for 2 mins then will crash.

    Anyway, I'm basically wondering what harddrive I can buy that will be compatible. I'm looking at newegg.com and I'm just not sure what will work. and ATA-6? serial ATA-150?? just don't want to buy the wrong thing.
  2. macrumors regular

    Jan 16, 2007
    Don't be so sure it's the hard drive.

    If it's freezing and crashing, it could be the logic board.

    Also the sound you hear might be the fan, because when the logic board crashes the fan kicks on full blast.

    Anyways, I would take to the apple store and have it diagnosed before you rip it apart.
  3. thread starter macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2002
    my logic board on my old g3 crashed twice, its not that... and the fan doesn't turn on when this happens.
  4. macrumors 68030


    Dec 7, 2002
    Florida, USA
    You need a 2.5" ATA (NOT Serial ATA) disk. I would suggest shopping at OWC (http://eshop.macsales.com/) because they will tell you exactly which drives (and drive heights) will work in your specific iBook.
  5. thread starter macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2002
    cool, thanks for the link.
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 8, 2004
    American living in Canada
    I agree about owc because my friend just bought one there last week and I installed it for him today and it worked great. He got a Western Digital Scorpio for his iBook.
  7. macrumors 603


    Jul 17, 2004
    How computer literate are you?

    iBooks are... well... godawfulsunofaguns to take apart.:)
  8. thread starter macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2002
    yeah, i saw some sites that described the process. I've taken my g3 apart a few times when the logic board first died, so I know the general layout. replaced ram many times, things like that... never replaced the hard drive though.

    I repair a lot of audio electronics as well so i feel pretty confident.

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