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upgrade the HD from 60G to 100G on a new  ibook G4 14"

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akacha toltec Calculating status...
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Nov 9, 2005 8:13 AM
I was wondering if along with upgrading the RAM on my ibook I can also upgrade the hard drive from 60G to 100G?
is that possible or is the HD set at that?

thank you
  • nitejrny Calculating status...
    Sure, you can install a bigger Hard Drive. The notebook drives are smaller than regular drives, so they're a little more expensive. But you can probably get a 100GB notebook drive for a little over 100 dollars.

    Just make sure you get one with the right connections. I don't know if the latest iBooks are using the newer SATA connections or the regular ATA/EIDE connections. Double-check the way your old drive connects before you buy the new one so you know it'll fit.

    A few good places to price a notebook drive would be pricewatch.com, clubmac.com, macmall.com, macconnection.com... that is if you plan on installing it yourself.

    Also check out xlr8yourmac.com for suggestions.

    Good luck!
  • grtgrfx Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    I have not found 100GB notebook drives for less than $150, and most are closer to $200. This is because they are currently the largest drives you can get for laptops, and are more expensive by virtue of being new in the market. It's certainly a graet idea to upgrade, especially of you are coming from a desktop computer with a bigger drive.

    Note that for the new iBooks and PowerBooks, drive replacement is considerably more complex and time-consuming than replacing RAM. But with only 40GB and 60GB drives...where do the iTunes go?
  • nitejrny Level 3 Level 3 (705 points)
    Pricewatch.com lists them at 138 dollars. But you gotta figure with shipping, it would probably come to about 150.
  • Christian Miles Calculating status...
    What if you want to upgrade your hard drive without voiding your warranty? Could you go to the apple store / comp usa.
  • Oliver Jobson Calculating status...
    Any idea where I can find out how to upgrade the HDD on my new iBook g4 12"?

    Thanks!
  • y_p_w Level 4 Level 4 (3,550 points)
    Oliver Jobson:

    i Any idea where I can find out how to upgrade the HDD on my new iBook g4 12"?

    There are services that can do it for you. PowerBookResQ and Techrestore are a couple of places that will do a complete servicing including data. CompUSA will replace one for $30 plus the cost of the drive but charges $50 to clone the drive.

    BTW - to respond to a couple of older posts....

    The largest notebook HDs right now are 120 GB. Apple hasn't gone to SATA connections for the notebooks yet and the drives aren't easy to find yet.
  • Ryzal Manan Calculating status...
    I have some question bout HDD. Is it okay for me to upgrade my iBook 12' 1.33ghz HDD to a more faster HD rpm 7200rpm to be exact. have anyone try it?
    Would it be a heat problem or battery etc..I'm not quiet understand about warranty, if you install a new HDD , would it void the warranty of the hard disk or the iBook it self.
    And one more thing about the sudden Motion Sensor on iBook, if you install a new HDD, would SMS works . Is the SMS feature come from the HDD?
  • y_p_w Level 4 Level 4 (3,550 points)
    Ryzal Manan:

    i I have some question bout HDD. Is it okay for me to upgrade my iBook 12' 1.33ghz HDD to a more faster HD rpm 7200rpm to be exact. have anyone try it?

    It should work. I don't think heat issues are a big issue. However - the faster motor is going to draw more power. The 7200 RPM drives are extremely expensive right now. It might make a lot of sense for an iBook that sits plugged in most of the time.

    i Would it be a heat problem or battery etc..I'm not quiet understand about warranty, if you install a new HDD , would it void the warranty of the hard disk or the iBook it self.

    If you do it yourself and mess something up or someone else does it and messes something up, damage will not be covered under warranty. If the job is done right, there shouldn't be any warranty issues outside of the hard drive. You're covered if you have an Apple Certified Tech install it, even if the job is messed up.

    If the new hard drive has a problem, Apple isn't on the hook for it's repair regardless of who installed it. If the installation was incorrectly performed by non Apple Certified techs, Apple has no obligation to repair any problems from the incorrect installation. The thing about the factory hard drive is that if it ever goes bad during the warranty term, Apple is liable for all parts and labor. If you have an aftermarket HD installed, the manufacturer is only liable for part replacement under typical warranty terms.

    i And one more thing about the sudden Motion Sensor on iBook, if you install a new HDD, would SMS works . Is the SMS feature come from the HDD?

    It's completely separate from the hard drive. I don't know where exactly it's located, but it could theoretically be anywhere in the machine and still work.
  • Ryzal Manan Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    thanks for that info... appreciated...
  • decisivemoment Level 1 Level 1 (115 points)
    It's a major task . . . will take a couple of hours if you're reasonably comfortable with taking things apart and putting them back together, and don't attempt if you're not. Google and you'll find photo instructions around the net . . . sorry I don't have the link available.

    My main advice concerns a choice of replacement drive. The iBook primarily gets hot directly over the hard drive on the left wrist pad, which is uncomfortable for typing. So you want the coolest running drive possible. For that reason I'd recommend replacing the stock 4200rpm drive with a 5400rpm drive rather than a 7200. A 100GB 5400rpm drive is now as fast as a 60GB 7200 due to the greater density of data making up for the slower rotation speed, and the power consumption and heat from a good 100GB 5400RPM drive like a Seagate is the same as on a 4200 and significantly less than 7200. Just because the iBook's case is plastic and therefore insulates heat maybe a little too well you don't want any more heat inside the case than you have to, as damage from a non-stock or non-approved component won't do your warranty any good either.
  • Leeann Calculating status...
    If you upgrade the drive yourself, you will void your warranty.

    Having said that, www.pbfixit.com has illustrated guides available online and for download for all the stuff on your iBook - including replacing the hard drive.

    It's not an easy job. It entails cracking your case, removing a lot of tiny little screws, pulling fragile little cables gently off your motherboard, etc.

    I would not recommend replacing the stock 4200 RPM drive with a 7200 RPM drive - the heat alone would be an issue, but your battery life will also suffer.

    As decisivemoment posted, the new 5400 RPM drives are almost as fast as 7200 RPM drives, especially if you get one with an 8MB or 16MB cache, with about the same heat and power consumption as the stock 4200 RPM drive.
    G4/450 Dual, 12" iBook G4/1.2, 3G iPod, Mac OS X (10.4.2)
  • ~JB~ Level 5 Level 5 (4,045 points)
    Hi Akacha.

    Personally I wouldn't do it. From things that I have heard, it can cause complecations. What I have is external hard drives from places like:

    LaCie

    Western Digital

    and soon to come:

    SmartDisk


    I do a lot of video and photo editing, strictly back-up hard drive, OS X bootable, and one for school because they have weird PCs that have messed up USB ports. Just a thought. I mean I am getting a 160GB hard drive from SmartDisk, which has a USB 2.0 and Firewire port. You can "daisy=chain" them together so you can plug a Firewire device to the hard drive.


    Just a thought,
    Jon

    I am not an employee of Apple nor am I associated with them in any way.

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