iBook harddisk died !!!

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  1. ang8385 macrumors member

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    My G3 600 iBook harddisk just died (now booting from external firewire HD), was thinking whether to replace it or to buy a new 12 inch powerbook.

    Any suggestions ???
     
  2. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Well, it'd be well over a thousand dollars less to replace the drive than to buy a PB. I guess the question is: is it worth over a thousands dollars to you to get a system that runs, oh, maybe 3+ times faster and fosters envy in those who see it, or would you rather keep your trusty old friend with a newer and faster drive?
     
  3. Finiksa macrumors 6502a

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    It's probably worthwhile doing both, depending on the specs of your iBook (once repaired) you could probably get close to $500 for it and put that towards a PB.
     
  4. dcollierp macrumors member

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    For about $100 an 2-3 hours of effort, you will have your old friend back. I just recently replaced my hard drive and upgraded to 40GB and 5400rpm. I almost never see te spinning beach ball and I can keep saving toward a 15" powerbook.
     
  5. ang8385 thread starter macrumors member

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    But the problem is i have to pay another AUD150 just for the installation fees + the hard drive. I'm not gonna spend much on this old machine.
    And i'm not happy with the 8mb display
     
  6. Finiksa macrumors 6502a

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    Sounds like you're set on getting a new PB then, it's still worth getting the iBook fixed though. 20GB notebook drives retail for about AU$130 so that repair is not too bad and you'll be able to sell it for much more than the repair cost.
     
  7. ang8385 thread starter macrumors member

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    I guess i'll just save the money and wait for G5 powerbook :p
     
  8. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Well, there's your answer!
     
  9. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    BTW, have you considered a new iBook? Less money, similar performance?
     
  10. keysersoze macrumors 68000

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    My iBook G4 800's HD died in May.
    Our IT tech's iBook G4 900 HD died last week.

    Welcome to the club, I'm afraid. So if you got a new one, beware that HD's die on them as well, :(
     
  11. Finiksa macrumors 6502a

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    It's nothing special about iBooks, all hard drives die eventually they have sensitive moving parts.
     
  12. CmdrLaForge macrumors 68040

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    Why are you not just exchanging the harddrive yourself ? I cannot imagine that this is difficult even so I have never done it. I guess the more complicate question is to get the right harddrive that fits into your machine and will be recognized by the OS, but I think some guys here can help you with that question.

    Cheers
     

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