iBook G4 Hard Drive Replacement advice

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by instantturtle, May 6, 2007.

  1. instantturtle macrumors newbie

    Dec 3, 2003
    Redondo Beach, CA
    So my iBook G4 12" 1.2ghz hard drive died (clicks non-stop) ..

    1. I've seen the guides to replacing the iBook hard drive..

    It looks daunting and I have experience dismantling and building desktops, is the iBook HD replacement process as bad as it looks in that guide?

    2. Is it worth paying $125 (from http://www.mac-pro.com/) and provide my own HD, or $200+ (from http://www.macservice.com) and having a third party install it for me? Does anyone know if they guarantee their services?

    3. Which HD for the same price would anyone recommend?

    Seagate 5400rpm 80gig

    Samsung 5400 100gig

    Roughly the same price ($60-65), but I've never used a Samsung drive - anyone have experience with them? Any other suggestions on a 5400rpm 80-100gig HD?

  2. kmarketing macrumors 6502

    Mar 26, 2004
    i don't think it's that bad, as long as you keep track of all the many screws that you will have to remove. keep in mind though that if you still have warranty on it, it may be voided when you go inside your ibook.

    personally, if you are out of warranty or don't worry about that, i would go ahead. It will be even better afterwards!

    Good luck!
  3. Reflow macrumors 68000


    Mar 30, 2005
    The first question I have for you. Do you like to take things apart? If you do then I would do it yourself and save some $. If not have someone do if for you to save you the trouble. Me personally I love taking things apart and fixing them. I have replace lots logic boards, cd drives, HDD in iBooks and powerbook with help for iFixit directions. The one suggestion is if you do take it apart use an empty ice cube tray for your screws

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