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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    north carolina

    mac hard drive question

    hey all,

    I am looking at buying a used 500mhz ibook that currently has a 10 gb hard drive. I want to upgrade the hard drive to either 60 or 80 gb. Do you have to use a apple hard, like one that come out of a other apple laptop? or can I go buy a just a regular(ie non mac) 60 or 80gb 2.5" hard drive from a store or online and install it and have the ibook format it for me?


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Wyoming, Ontario, Canada
    You should be able to use a regular hard drive. Apple is propietary - but not to the point where they limit what hard drives go in their machines....
    good luck.
    Linux? What's that?

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    I've heard of fun times trying to take apart the newer ibooks... I don't know how easy the clamshell ones are (that's the one i think you have...).

    Before you go at it, download a manual to take them apart from the internet, it'll help you from destroying the machine. and also, there might be height / depth restrictions. #justlinux The Not So Official JL IRC Channel.
    Debian Apt-Get

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Calgary, Alberta, Canada
    make sure you you don't have any screws left when you put it back together :P

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 2003

    Pass on the G3 500

    The G3 ibooks had a logic board recall on them so many are lemons. Also the hard drive is in for the duration. You need to break apart tape and seals on these to get at them. (1.5 hour job for a pro tech so they are never meant to be upgraded.)
    Registered Linux User #334411

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    whereever, depends
    no, thats the ver. after the clamshell, the square white one. I have both, a clamshell and a ibook g4 (basically same case though as the one we're talking about) and yes all of the ibooks to replace the hdd require you to take most of it apart-take a look here at the instructions (used them to fix my clamshell)
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