Need to replace HD in my Powerbook, need help

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Gherkin, Dec 16, 2005.

  1. Gherkin macrumors 6502

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    My HD crashed. Can't recover anything. Drive doesn't even show up when I insert Tiger DVD and try Disk Repair.

    So I took it to the Apple Store and they quoted me at $340 to put a new 80 GB 5400 rpm drive in (don't have Applecare or warranty anymore). The guy told me I could probably get it cheaper elsewhere. He mentioned a site called pbfixit.com.

    So what do you guys suggest I do? I'd rather not open the PB myself, but I think I want to go with some else rather than Apple to replace it so I can get it cheaper. What are my options?

    thanks.
     
  2. NYmacAttack macrumors 6502

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    pbfixit will show you how to install it. I also think they will do the replacement for a fee.
     
  3. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

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    follow this guide


    it is 100% of pure tasty treats of goodness.

    just take a deep breath, take it slow, and REMEMBER TO GROUND YOURSELF!

    zzzzzap!
    :p
     
  4. Gherkin thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Really? Nice. I was thinking of downgrading to a 60 GB and buying an external HD as well for backup and miscellaneous storage.

    So if the HD is $150, you can send it to pbfixit and they will install the new HD for free?

    I also would maybe consider installing it myself if it isn't too hard. I've built two Windows computers in the past so I'm fairly knowledable with computers.
     
  5. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    Yeah, it depends how "DIY-averse" you are, but these guides really do tell you everything you need and make the process as painless as possible. If you're not comfortable with doing it yourself tough, then I'm afraid the trade-off is paying someone else to do it for you.
     
  6. generik macrumors 601

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    Is it easy to remove the top off a PB in the first place?

    I heard stories of how the panel will get more and more warped the more times you open it... if that's not lousy design I don't know what it is :(
     
  7. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    How about this? :cool:
     
  8. fistful macrumors 6502a

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    I actually just did this the other day with the guide that was posted above. Besides the step where you have to blindly unlock the latch above the dvd-rom drive it was a piece of cake.

    Made a bit of a mess of the case in that area getting it unlocked. :(
     
  9. Lacero macrumors 604

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    You can live vicariously through my own experiences with the exact same problem you're facing now here in my thread.

    I eventually decided to do it myself because I'm sort of a DIY'er and pbfixit.com was good enough that it made the process fairly straightforward. I probably saved $150-$200 doing it myself.

    Just be prepared to catalog the screws you'll need to unscrew, and go about it slowly and methodically, especially if it's your first time. <--- ok, that sounded a little dirty.


    Here's to the Crazy Ones [​IMG]
     
  10. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    You will probably need two sizes of Torx screwdrivers -- the one that is one size smaller than you get in any Torx 'kit' of screwdrivers, and the one smaller than that one. Find a well-stocked hardware store. Wallyworld probably won't have them.
     
  11. generik macrumors 601

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    Wow, great design!

    You even get ctrl-alt-del to reboot the thing when it BSODs! :D
     
  12. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    I like the 2 "left" earphones and the 2 play buttons as well. ;)
     
  13. Meyvn macrumors 6502

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    lmfao clippy. genius.
     
  14. OutThere macrumors 603

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    Bah. Cataloging screws isn't necessary...I took my iBook apart to see how it all fit together (when I mean apart, I mean that every piece that could be separated was separated...top, bottom, display, mobo, trackpad, HD, optical, hinge assembly...), and put it back together no worries...took me 2 hours and I came up 3 screws over. You'll find most of the screws are the same size and it's pretty obvious where the not-normal ones go. Screw cataloging is for sissies.
    :D

    Afterwards I couldn't tell my iBook apart from before the take apart except from not-so-delicate case markings...do yourself a favor and get a spudger from PBfixit. It'll save you frustration from dinging up the metal as you go.
     
  15. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    Yeah, you can't forget about the ever-helpful clippy... ;) :D
     
  16. EGT macrumors 68000

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    I installed a new drive in my powerbook a few days ago. Everything was going fine until it came to installing the drive.... :rolleyes: The screws holding down the metal clasp over the drive were really tight and the heads wore so much I thought I was going to have to pry them out. I used a big flat head screw driver with a lot of force and eventually got them out. I had to drill a new groove across the heads so if I ever need to take the hard disk out again, it'll be a bit easier.

    pbfixit guides were a godsend. It's quite cool seeing inside the powerbooks.

    Seagate Momentus 5,400rpm 120Gb. :cool: Brilliant.
     

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