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2003 12" iBook G4 Hard drive replacement

by middlem / August 14, 2006 5:05 AM PDT

Hi, my hard drive died after just 2 years! I hear this is common with my model.

So I'm now shopping around to get it replaced and the best quote I've received so far is $300 to purchase a Hitachi 80G hard drive and to install it, which I understand is pretty grueling work for my model.

I'd appreciate any input.


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Depending on the rest of the specs...
by grimgraphix / August 14, 2006 5:46 AM PDT

and what you want as far as size/speed/brand of hard drive... I found a toshiba 80 gig for as little as $89.00 US and an off brand 60 gig for $69.00.

Try this link and put in your data... iFixit

Here you will find instructions on how to replace the hard drive your self... iFixit Guides

Taking an iBook apart yourself is not for the faint of heart. Wink I am not advising you to do it!

On the other hand... you could save beau coup bucks! Bon ton roulette! Grin


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Specs--whatever came stock
by middlem / August 14, 2006 5:59 AM PDT

Thanks Grim. I don't remember the specs but I've spoken to several technicians who have definitely scared me away from doing it myself, which was my initial plan.

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Bad HD
by gilbertwhite1 / August 14, 2006 7:04 AM PDT

I would wait for the good Doctor Macfixit, no reflection on the other chaps that have commented.
Yes HD's can fail, even new ones. I would get into why they fail so readily on that model?...any fixes that can mitigate the problem?...$90.00 every 2 years or so to replace HD is kind of scary, especially if the "golden screwdriver guys" have to do it.


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iBook HD
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / August 14, 2006 11:37 AM PDT

While it is not impossible to replace the HD on this machine by yourself, you need to be very brave.
I was looking at the take apart manual for the 12" 2005 and the whole thing has to be taken apart.
Top case, bottom case, Airport, Keyboard. Not impossible if you are careful.
Now, for the princely sum of $239, a company called MCE will take you computer, replace the drive with an 80GB, tranfer the information from the old to the new, (presuming it is still working) and send it back to you in about a week. It will be done correctly, they do it all the time. to check it out.


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Thank you
by middlem / August 15, 2006 3:04 AM PDT
In reply to: iBook HD

But I already gave my guy the go-ahead. The total is only $40 more than MCE's price so I think it's fair enough.

I was considering taking the machine apart myself until I heard from several sources how difficult it can be.

Unfortunately, I just won't be toting it around much anymore, as I hear that's possibly why it crashed. I'll admit that in ignorance, it went on many rough bike rides. Live and learn, right?

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