Failure to install new hard drive

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by kzoe, Jan 3, 2010.

  1. kzoe macrumors newbie

    Jan 3, 2010

    After the apple store told me that I needed a new hardrive for my Ibook G4, I went ahead and bought one. On the advice of a techie at a Mac Specialist store, I went to a website that gives step by step instructions on how to install a new hard drive.

    The website was great. However, I ran out of room to put the many, many, tiny, tiny, pieces to the computer and became totally confused by the operation. Defeated, I've kept all the little pieces, and the dead computer has been in my closet in a bag for over a year.

    The computer was a gift, ann I would like to have it fixed out of principal.

    Since this is basically rebuilding a computer, Will an apple store do this? Will another "Mac Specialist" store do this? If so, how much will this run me?

    Thank you for any help.
  2. melchior macrumors 65816


    Nov 17, 2002
    an authorised repair centre will do this for you. really though, it's not that hard, why not have another look at the ifixit website? just follow the steps in reverse if it's confusing for you.
  3. btbrossard macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2008
    I replaced the HDD in my iBook G4 a while ago. Just follow the directions and you'll be fine.

    It's really not that hard compared to some other Apple products (12" PowerBook G4).

    Good luck-
  4. btbrossard macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2008
    I should add that if you can't get it back together, for the right price an Apple tech I'm sure would be happy to do it for you :) .

    However, since you've had the computer in your closet for so long, you obviously don't need it up and running tomorrow.

    So, take your time and give it another shot! You'll learn a lot about the insides of your iBook and it will give you a sense of accomplishment when it's all done.

    My vote is that you give it another go.

    Good luck!

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