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Upgrading iBook Hard Drive?

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Ryan McCambridge Calculating status...
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Dec 7, 2005 4:53 PM
Hi Everyone,

I was just wondering if it's possible to upgrade my iBook's hard drive? If so, how do I go about doing it and is there a way of doing it with a relatively easy transfer of information? (ie. files, drivers, authorizations, etc.)

1.2 GHz iBook g4, Mac OS X (10.3.9)
  • Brian Reading Level 5 Level 5 (5,090 points)
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    Dec 7, 2005 7:47 PM (in response to Ryan McCambridge)

    Firstly it should be noted that you should not consider opening up your iBook to change anything unless you don't care about voiding your warranty or if your warranty has already run out.

    If this is the case, then you should also know that it is quite difficult to replace a laptop hard drive for anyone who is not very familiar with computer hardware components, and the iBook is no exception. If you don't know what you're doing, you could ruin your iBook completely.

    Taking all of this into consideration, if you still would like to replace your hard drive, you can see the guide here to get a step by step instruction of how to do so, but proceed at your own risk!

    As far as transferring information from one drive to another easily, I'd recommend buying a USB2 or Firewire drive enclosure for your old drive, such as the one here. You can hook it up to your iBook after all is said and done to transfer your old files, and afterwards you can still use it as an external drive.

    I hope this helps.

    Let me know if you have any other questions.

    iBook G4 12", Mac OS X (10.4.3), iSight, Pro Mouse and Keyboard, iPod Shuffle
  • ~JB~ Level 5 Level 5 (4,045 points)
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    Dec 7, 2005 8:07 PM (in response to Ryan McCambridge)
    Hi Ryan,

    Welcome to Apple Discussions

    Yes it is possible to upgrade you iBook's hard drive, but you should get it done by an Apple Certified Technician. Once you crack open the case of your iBook you have voided any warranty that might be on the iBook. If you want to do it yourself I suggest looking at Pbfixit's list of compatible hard drive and before you do anything, you should read carefully over Pbfixit's Guide to Changing iBook G4 Hard Drive. That should do it for you.

    I hope that helps,
    G4 1.33Ghz iBook, G4 iMac 1Ghz, G3 500Mhz iBook, Macintosh 128K, eMate..., Mac OS X (10.4.2), Airport Express, Palm Zire 72, Minolta Dimage X31, iSight, and more
  • Shu Chow Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 8, 2005 6:49 AM (in response to Ryan McCambridge)
    I echo back what the two other users said. You will void your warranty, and it is difficult.

    That being said, I did it earlier this year. My iBook was out of warranty and the HD was dead, so I really had nothing to lose. I think mere mortals can do it. The guide referrened earlier is the one I used.

    I'm probably "below average" in terms of handywork and mechanical skill. Yet, I was able to fix it in a couple of hours. Other than the warranty voiding, the two other things I tell people are:

    1) Be very meticulous about the screws. There are a lot of them. I went so far as to take a picture on my camera of the board whenever I encountered a new set of screws. I then sorted the screws in the "layers" that I encountered. When I put the thing back together, I just moved backwards on the pictures.

    2) Be gentle, be patient, use only as much force as is necessary. This is really for removing the casing. The tabs can be fragile, and if you break them, you're SOL.
    Windtunnel G4, Mac OS X (10.4.3)
  • ~JB~ Level 5 Level 5 (4,045 points)
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    Dec 9, 2005 8:21 PM (in response to Ryan McCambridge)
    Hi Ryan

    I would go for an external drive. Some to look into are Smart Disk, LaCie, or Western Digital. From Smartdisk I would say you have two options. First being the FireLite and the second being the CrossFire. The FireLite (second smallest) goes up to 100GB, which will cost you about $259. The CrossFire is slightly bigger yet still portable, which holds up to 250Gbs for about $200. Its basically the size that is the difference. I have the CrossFire 160Gb because its size is good for its space and cost. There is a third "Fire", the FireFly. I don't recommend it because it doesn't support Firewire, only USB 2.0. The advantage of having Firewire is you can boot a copy of OS X off it in a sticky situation when your computer isn't working. From LaCie I would suggest any of the Porsche drives. And lastly from Western Digital I would recommend the Passport or the Extreme. The Passport is extremely thin and small, but the downside is poor RPMs, less space, and higher price per Gb. The Extreme is bigger and thicker with up to 320Gb for around $269. It really depends on if you care about size rather then speed, space, and price.

    G4 1.33Ghz iBook, G4 iMac 1Ghz, G3 500Mhz iBook, Macintosh 128K, eMate..., Mac OS X (10.4.2), Airport Express, Palm Zire 72, Minolta Dimage X31, iSight, and more


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