11 Replies Latest reply: Mar 1, 2011 7:02 AM by DesertSage
Zuse Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hi all,
my iBook G4 is perfectly allright, even though it is already 5 years old but the hard disk is not big enough any more, I need to either buy a new Computer or change the hard disk which would be my choice.
I have seen that there are Western Digital drives available with 500 GB slightly more than 50.00 EUR.
But I don't have a clue how to do it and how to get it running. How do I get the contents of my harddrive onto the new one, would Time Machine be a solution? Should I try it myself or rather involve an Apple Dealer? Has anybody done it before and could give me some advice?
I would be extremely grateful if somebody found the time and gave me advice on how to do it.
Best regards
Zuse

iBook G4, 1.33 GHz Power PC, 1.25 GB RAM, 60 GB HDD
  • DesertSage Level 2 Level 2 (150 points)
    Hello Zuse and welcome to Apple Discussions,

    The type of hard drive that your iBook requires is a 2.5" IDE notebook drive, also labeled as ATA, Ultra-ATA, or Parallel ATA (PATA). You do not want a Serial ATA or SATA drive.

    The largest capacity 2.5" IDE drive that you can buy fro you iBook is the Western Digital 320 GB. Here is an example, but I'm not sure about what is available in Ireland.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136345

    Do you have a firewire enabled external drive? Let me know and I can give you more information about the file transfers.

    Randy

    I should add this iFixit link about the replacement procedure.

    http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Repair/Installing-iBook-G4-14-Inch-933-MHz-1-33-GHz- Hard-Drive-Replacement/189/1

    It's not that difficult if you are patient and have the recommended tools. Make sure that you select the correct iBook model. This is only an example.

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  • Zuse Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi Randy,
    thank you very much for your help!
    I do have an external firewire enabled external drive.
    Looking forward to your reply.
    Best regards
    Zuse
  • DesertSage Level 2 Level 2 (150 points)
    Great,

    If you have everything backed up on your firewire drive, it's very easy. I'm off to work right now and will check back with you later. During the installation of the OS onto your new drive, the Migration Assistant will ask if you would like to transfer information from your old mac. The installer will think that your firewire drive is another mac. When it asks you to connect a firewire cable and restart your old mac, just connect the cable and turn on your firewire drive. You will then have choices about what you want to transfer.

    You will need the install disk for this (Leopard, Tiger, etc). I highly recommend Leopard. You will also want to max out your memory with a 1 GB module if you haven't already. You'll be happy that you did.

    I'll check back with you about the formatting of your new drive.

    Randy
  • Zuse Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi Randy,
    how do I do the backup? Do I use Time Machine or is there any other programm I could use? I have already upgraded my RAM to 1.25 GB, the only thing is the limited harddisk space.
    Thanks for your help, I'm going home right now, Talk to you later.
    Best regards
    Zuse
  • DesertSage Level 2 Level 2 (150 points)
    Hi Zuse,

    I use SuperDuper to back up to my external drive. It makes an exact copy of the iBooks drive, adding and removing files from the previous backup as needed. I must admit that I don't use Time Machine, but I imagine that it would have the same backup option. Any other Time Machine users have thoughts on this?

    Keep me posted, Zuse.

    Randy
  • Zuse Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Morning Randy,
    thank you very much for your help, what is SuperDuper? I never came across it.
    I had a look at the installation advice link you sent me and I must admit, it looks extremely difficutl.
    I thought (might sounds a bit naive though) I pull the hdd out and basically install the new one. I didn't know that I would have to basically dismatle the whole iBook! Wow tough job.
    Once again thanks a Million for your help and I keep you informed about my progress.
    Best regards
    Zuse
  • DesertSage Level 2 Level 2 (150 points)
    Hi Zuse,

    You can read here about SuperDuper.

    http://www.shirt-pocket.com/SuperDuper/SuperDuperDescription.html

    Apple didn't build the iBooks to be user upgradable, other than the memory and Airport Card. The hard drive replacement is an involved process, but if you can follow directions, have patience and the right tools it is not all that difficult. However, I can understand why some would prefer not to go there. The most dangerous part of the procedure, is the disconnection of the two logic board connectors for the power switch and the speaker wires. Many a poor soul have pulled the sockets right off the logic board while attempting to remove the connectors. I have a pair of tweezers with tiny right angle hooks at the end for this and don't know what I'd do without that tool. I know that some people use dental hooks.

    The other option would be to have an Apple approved repair facility replace the HD for you. Do you have an Apple Store close by?

    Randy
  • Zuse Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi Randy,
    thanks a Million for SuperDuper, I'm going to install that right away
    Besides, I think for somebody with two left hands like me, it would be advisable to use an apple expert and I came across a fine Apple Facility right in the heart of Dublin. I was there and they offered me to install the harddisk and reinstall all the programms and data from my old harddisk for a reasonable fee. That sounded great and I'm going to entrust them with the task.
    Thank you very much for your help, you brought me on the right path and I'm glad that you found the time to gave me advise. Again, thanks a Million and take care
    Zuse
  • DesertSage Level 2 Level 2 (150 points)
    Great Zuse! I'm happy for you. Good Luck!

    Randy
  • Zuse Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi Randy,
    thanks again for your help, I've got a 320 GB hard drive now and are quite happy even though they have called my iBook a vintage machine and recommended to get a new one!
    Take care
    Zuse
  • DesertSage Level 2 Level 2 (150 points)
    Good news, Zuse! Apple doesn't call your iBook G4 a "vintage" machine..... yet. Just enjoy it.

    Good luck!

    Randy