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Has anyone switched out their internal hard drives on a G4 powerbook before? Mine is over three years old now and the 60gb hard drive is all but gone. I’d love to put a 120gb internal drive in. Any advice?

by [a former member] at 2006-02-17 08:54:20 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) NYC , United States | Bookmark | | Report spam→

I guess no one has done this, great.

by [former member] | 17 Feb 2006 10:02 | NYC, United States | | Report spam→
Hey Spencer — what you want to do is look for shops that do Powerbook repairs — they all do upgrades as well, and frequently have cool packages available (like putting the old drive in an external enclosure, so you can still use it.)

Try Googling for "powerbook repair", or here’s one example:

(Not a recommendation, just an example — haven’t actually done this myself.)

by Shinji Kuwayama | 17 Feb 2006 11:02 (ed. Feb 17 2006) | Chicago, United States | | Report spam→
There is in fact a website with complete instructions and photos, but  I appear to have misplaced or deleted the bookmark from my list.  PM Alex Reshuan, and I amsure he will have it at his fingertips.  He was the one who originally sent me the URL and he is also going to put in a new hard drive.

by Jon Anderson | 17 Feb 2006 14:02 | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | | Report spam→
Is this the one?


Personally I think this kind of thing should be left to pros; it’s pretty hairy in there.

by Shinji Kuwayama | 17 Feb 2006 15:02 | Chicago, United States | | Report spam→
nope, the one I am thinking of has bigger and better photos, with pretty clear steps. 

But I agree with  you, it is pretty hairy in there, very very compact, and that is why I must have deleted the bookmark.  I decided it was too much for me to handle.  A simple external drive, thank you, will do.

this is not like opening up a PC tower — that is doable.

by Jon Anderson | 17 Feb 2006 15:02 | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | | Report spam→

i did it on my old one and it was pretty easy (if your used to some basic tech stuff and small screws)

have you sent it in yet?

by Daniel Cuthbert | 17 Feb 2006 15:02 | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Spencer— I got to agree with Shinji. Go with a professional. I had a new drive put in my powerbook a couple of months ago. I had it done at Tekserve. It took about 5 days to get it back and it was not too espenive. About $350 for drive and work.

by Keith Bedford | 17 Feb 2006 16:02 | New York, New York, United States | | Report spam→
Yo Keith!!!
What kind/size hard drive did you get? Good to see you at the benefit.

by [former member] | 17 Feb 2006 16:02 | NYC, United States | | Report spam→

I changed out my 60GB for a 100GB when the 60 died on me. It’s fairly straight forward. I used to be an Apple Tech so maybe a bit more straightforward for me than others. The apple service manual is great for step by step take apart. Thats what we used in the shop for repairs. With the G4 Aluminum there are a lot of screws that need to come out and you have to be aware where they all came from.

The service manuals are easy enough to find on the net. But, as some have said it might be easier to take it to an Apple store and get them to do it, if your not completely comfortable working inside your Mac.

by Nayan Sthankiya | 17 Feb 2006 17:02 (ed. Feb 17 2006) | Seoul, Korea (South) | | Report spam→
Honestly, switching a hard drive in a powerbook is not difficult if you’ve ever had any technical experience.  Use apple’s support guides, which I can send you if you PM me.  Just need to own the tools, which you can pick up at almost any hardware store or tech store.


by Christopher Guess | 20 Feb 2006 18:02 | Madison, United States | | Report spam→
Swapping HDDs aren’t hard, at least not with PCs, don’t see why they would be any different with Apples.  Clone your old one on your new one, pop it in, and you’re ready to go – no reinstalling of anything.  Go for the new 7200 rpm drives for a big performance boost.

by Tommy Huynh | 20 Feb 2006 21:02 | San Antonio, United States | | Report spam→
Well cloning is difficult if you don’t have an external enclosure (it’s a laptop, so only one IDE cable for a hard drive).  But the swap is easy.

by Christopher Guess | 20 Feb 2006 21:02 | Madison, United States | | Report spam→
You can buy an enclosure for $25 at CompUSA and less elsewhere.  Anybody that shoots digital ought to have one IMO.  Use it to back up files (When traveling, I always keep 1 copy of the photos taken on the laptop and 1 on the external), carry around your photos with you in case a client calls (more than likeley your complete library won’t fit on your laptop), provide extra storage, etc….

Even better than an enclosure, I use one of these when I travel and take along several 2.5" HDDs in a plastic box.  Several hundred GBs of photos and it hardly takes up any space.

by Tommy Huynh | 20 Feb 2006 23:02 | San Antonio, United States | | Report spam→

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