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[Apr. 29th, 2009|11:51 am]
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my ibook g4 has LONG been dead -- for over two years, i'd estimate, and it's been sitting in the case in the closet. i'm pretty sure the hard drive is massively corrupted and just needs a new one dropped into it. i could take a road trip to baton rouge, wait a week, and go get it to get it fixed, or... i could do it myself, and learn a little something about computers. i'll have the time this summer anyway.

anyway, i student teach this fall, and it would be nice to have a smaller computer to take with me to school. i don't need a fancy new OS or whatever's out in apple now, i just need something that'll run openoffice and wifi. so... i think i'm looking at dropping a new hard drive in there.

-does anyone have a link to a really good tutorial on replacing a hard drive in an ibook, and second,
-can you even FIND a hard drive for ibooks anymore?

on another note, i have no idea how to get the OS actually -on- the hard drive once i have the drive in there, so, um... how exactly does that work? i have never, ever done something this 'from scratch' before. i am not terribly tech savvy, but i'm a pretty hands-on person and with decent instructions, i can figure most hardware stuff out.

thanks :)

[User Picture]From: indigoth6
2009-04-29 05:06 pm (UTC)
i can get you to the parts and directions for physically swapping it out ...


yes, you can get hard drives for your ibook

beyond that, i'm not much help
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[User Picture]From: wibbble
2009-04-29 05:08 pm (UTC)
http://www.ifixit.com/ - they have full take-apart guides for both the 12" and 14" iBooks.

The iBook uses a standard 2.5" laptop IDE drive. While SATA drives are more common now, it shouldn't be especially hard to find an IDE drive. When I replaced the dying drive on my 12" iBook I just bought one from a normal computer component retailer online.

To install Mac OS X you put your Mac OS X DVD in the optical drive and start it up. If there's no OS on the internal drive, it'll boot from the DVD and start the installer.

Be aware that replacing the hard drive isn't especially easy if you're not used to working on computers. It's the most annoying machine I've ever worked on, and I'm quite comfortable handling and working on computers. If you think that it's 'corrupted' then it might not be hardware issues at all, and a simple format and install from your Mac OS X DVD could take care of it.

At the very least, you should try the format and install first.
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[User Picture]From: agentrayevyn
2009-04-29 06:05 pm (UTC)
The last time I had it worked on, they thought the hard drive was corrupted and did a reformat and upgraded the OS. A week or so later, it froze on me and I had to do a hard shut down... from then on, it wouldn't boot up, just a black screen and the hard drive sounded like it was stuck in a rut. I don't know if this is a physical corruption or what, but it won't work... I haven't run diagnostics on it, though, I'll see if I can get to that sometime soon. Thoughts?
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[User Picture]From: wibbble
2009-04-29 06:08 pm (UTC)
As a general rule, if your hard drive is making unhappy noises, get a new one.
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[User Picture]From: jtgotsjets
2009-04-30 01:10 am (UTC)
booting your computer from the diagnostics dvd that came with it should be your first course of action. it does sound like your hard drive has seen its last days, but it doesn't hurt to check everything before you start shelling out for new parts.

hard drive replacement on ibook... i'm not sure i would call it hard, but it is tedious. just make sure to discharge any static electricity and keep track of your screws—there are tons of them. i would lay down some masking tape, sticky side up, and label your screws as you remove them, sticking them to the tape.
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