Upgrading The iBooks Hard Drive

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by runninmac, May 31, 2005.

  1. runninmac macrumors 65816


    Jan 20, 2005
    Rockford MI
    Since im getting some extra cash soon im thinking about getting a older iBook G3 from the MarketPlace in here or on eBay but im worried about the Hard Drive size because 10 - 30 gigs isn't alot (with all my music and photos). So I want to be abel to upgrade it in the future to a 60 or 80 gig HD. How easy is that to do? I have upgraded Ram, Videocards and CD drives before will it be easy to do and are there any web sites that have videos of how to do it? Also ive seen some around the web but what are some more good reliable websites/brands.

    Edit: I forgot to ask if Applestores can upgrade it for you and how much that costs becuase one is opening up 10 mins away from me in about a month :D
  2. echeck macrumors 68000


    Apr 20, 2004
    Boise, Idaho
    I'm sure you can upgrade the hard drive, there might be limitations on how big the hard drive can be or something though, but I could very well be wrong about that.

    As far as actually installing the hard drive? I personally wouldn't want to do it, I've seen a couple of photo walkthroughs on how to do it but they're fairly complicated. I'd rather just let an Apple rep upgrade it for you, which they will definately do for you. I'm thinking about upgrading the hard drive on my iBook G4 (only 30gigs..oye!) and the local Apple reseller here wants to charge me $80 for the install, plus the cost of the hard drive.
  3. ITASOR macrumors 601


    Mar 20, 2005
    Oneida, NY
  4. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    On the DIY front, just to chime in...not easy. There are a lot of other threads on the topic here.... At least for the white iBooks. I don't know anything about the innards of the clamshell iBooks.

    EDIT: evilgeek -- $80 actually sounds like a very good deal, esp. if they will let buy your own HD elsewhere (ie find a deal, as opposed to paying some inflated MSRP).... From other threads, and from perusing the service manual, there is no way this will take less than 1 hour, and probably close to 2....
  5. runninmac thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jan 20, 2005
    Rockford MI
    Wow that looks really confusing :confused:
  6. applemacdude macrumors 68040


    Mar 26, 2001
    Over The Rainbow
    the best thing to remmeber is to keep track of teh screws
  7. gallagb macrumors 6502


    Apr 28, 2004
    done it

    i've changed the HD's in both the clamshell and white iBook models
    SEVERAL times

    long story short-
    keep the screws straight, be bold, patient, and check out those web resources-
    even the ones in japenese are helpful-

    the 1st time i did it - it took longer- but after a while i was able to do them quite quickly-

    clear off your desk-
    backup whatever you want from that hard drive (the one ur taking out)
    and slowly take it apart

    to get the case off- i use a credit card- and slide around the split in the plastic pieces-
    that usually works quite well

    you will need a small set of screw-drivers-
    sometimes a magnent helps a lot-
    (to pull screws up)

    and a Torx screw driver (i forget the size- i think it is '6')

    the clamshell was more complicated than the white ibook-
    but- it's all possible--

    as for what the applestore could do for you- i'm not sure-
    i do, however, know that changing HD's does void any warrentee's that ur machine might have-

    hope that helps!
  8. macbaseball macrumors 6502a


    Feb 27, 2005
    Northern California
    I maybe wrong here, but isn't it a really bad idea to mix hard drive and magnets...

    Otherwise, that seemed helpful.

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