PowerBook G4 Aluminum 17" 1.67 GHz (High-Res) Hard Drive Replacement
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Replace the hard drive in your PowerBook G4 Aluminum 17" 1.67 GHz (High-Res).
- Author: Walter Galan
- Difficulty: Moderate
Upgrade your hard drive for more storage space.
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The ZIF cable is located underneath the bottom RAM slot. If your PowerBook has both RAM slots occupied, make sure to remove the RAM chip.
Use your fingernails to separate the ZIF cable lock away from its socket. (Move the two brown bits down 1mm)
The ZIF cable lock will move about a millimeter away from the socket before it stops (see picture 2). Do not try to remove the ZIF cable lock.
Remove the four 3.4 mm Phillips screws from the DVI connector side of the PowerBook.
When replacing these screws, you must reinstall each screw in the correct order. Begin by installing the screw closest to the display hinge, and go out from there.
During reassembly, make sure to reinstall the two screws on the right into their appropriate locations, and not the DVI port anchor holes.
If necessary, peel the piece of tape holding the left hard drive bracket to the hard drive shield off the hard drive shield.
It is not necessary to completely remove this piece of tape.
Remove the two Phillips screws from the left side of the hard drive.
Pull the hard drive bracket away from the hard drive.