Upgrading iBook?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by greenguy4, Apr 24, 2005.

  1. greenguy4 macrumors 6502

    Jan 2, 2005
    I was thinking that eventually I may upgrade my combo drive to a superdrive on my iBook however I couldnt find them anywhere. Is this possible to do and if so where could I buy the superdrive?
  2. ldburroughs macrumors 6502

    Feb 25, 2005
    Virginia Beach, VA
    It should take between 1 to 2 hours to do yourself and you can buy one from someone selling in eBay for about $100. I did this when I bought mine in February and it worked out well. You will void the warranty if that is a concern for you, so you may want to keep that in mind. While your in there you might as well swap hard drives too. I upgraded it at the same time to save the extra hassle in the future. Both are relatively easy. By the way my system is a 1Ghz, G4 iBook if that helps any. Good luck!
  3. rosalindavenue macrumors 6502a


    Dec 13, 2003
    Virginia, USA
    ldburroughs-- if you get a chance, please post a bit about your upgrade experience. I had heard that do-it-yourself upgrades on the ibook were very difficult-- what kind of drive did you put in, and did you ever feel like you were in over your head? thanks.
  4. greenguy4 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 2, 2005
    so by having MCE do it the warranty does not become void?
  5. Artful Dodger macrumors 68020

    Artful Dodger

    May 28, 2004
    In a false sense of reality...My Mind!
    Hi, were you thinking of doing this because you are mobil a lot or because you want a superdrive? Just asking because I bought an external unit instead of a superdrive and it's noise is lower than my combo in my iBook.
    Once you get one you'll be glad you did...enjoy :p
  6. eleveneastgate macrumors 6502

    Jan 23, 2005
    If I remember correctly, no.

    However, the work they perform has a year warranty.
  7. shorty116 macrumors member

    Dec 8, 2004
    what type of drives would you recommend, i'm on a ibook g3 700mhz. what brand/model...is it possible to swap the front of the drive to match the ibook? on which brands/models will the front of my ibook's combo drive fit?
  8. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Shorty, you want one that is also slot-loading, like the one you already have, such as the one from MCE. This upgrade is *not* for the faint of heart, though. When you pull your current drive out, the "front" -- the white plastic on the outside -- will not come with it. It mounts essentially flush to this on the inside of the iBook. The combo drive you have should basically work in any G4 iBook or G3 iBook or G4 PB with a slot-loading drive, but there are very few of those that don't already have combo drives...so if you're looking to sell it, it will basically go as a spare part, and probably not très cher.

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