Question about iBook upgrade

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  1. Island Dog macrumors 6502a

    Island Dog

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    I just received my quote from the "Business Manager" at the local Apple store. I have to purchase through my wife's company so the quote is just for the 12" iBook without any upgrades.

    However, I would like to upgrade to the 60gb drive. When I bring them the company check do you think I can just add the upgrade then and pay the difference myself. I think it's only $50 for the upgrade.

    Also, if I am able to upgrade, do I have to wait long for the upgrade?

    Thanks for your help. I am getting ready to purchase my first iBook and I'm not very familiar with dealing with Apple.
     
  2. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    If you're buying at an actual Apple Store, then, sadly, you can't upgrade anything for the PBs (except buy very overpriced RAM). If the deal you're getting is a good one, I'd just accept the smaller drive and maybe buy an external.

    However, are you sure you can't order online?
     
  3. Island Dog thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    No, I called Apple and they said I can only buy at the store using a company check.
     
  4. Le Big Mac macrumors 68020

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    Can you take the check to the company store and have them do a special/bto order, so you pay there but get it sent to you from the factory?
     
  5. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    I'm sorry to hear that - but at least you get (hopefully) a good price. However, it is possible to replace the internal drive - although that's a tedious task. Your best bets are:

    (1) Just buy online and pay full retail but get the system you want.
    (2) Buy a 14" iBook, which comes with the 60GB drive (and DVD burner).
    (3) Buy the iBook you mentioned, and spend ~$120 or so on an external portable drive like a LaCie 40GB (or spend more on a larger drive).

    Best of luck, any way you decide.
     
  6. Island Dog thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I have to take the check to the store. I'm just not sure what their policy is on upgrades. I read on the forums that sometimes they keep iBooks with bigger HD's in stock because it's a popular upgrade.

    Thanks again for the advice. I have been wanting to buy an iBook for a long time.
     
  7. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    I hope that they have one for you. Best of luck!
     
  8. Island Dog thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for your help.

    If I can't get the upgrade I'm just going to buy an external HD and make it a network drive.
     
  9. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    That would work quite well. If you don't mind a non-portable drive (and it sounds like you don't), you'll get a lot more for your money (vs a portable drive).
     
  10. Island Dog thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Island Dog

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    I have a Dell laptop now with a 30gb drive and have barely 5gb filled. I don't think having a 40gb in my iBook will be a big problem.

    An external drive would be nice because I would like to share files between computers.
     
  11. Lucky8 macrumors regular

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    My iBook's 37GB (40GB before format) fills up really quick.
    OSX Tiger alone takes up approximately 10GB unless you do a custom install and leave off the language packs and printer drivers.

    Internal drives can also share files between computers.
     

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