Power Mac G4 Cube Hard drive Replacement

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Installing Hard drive.

Installing the hard drive involves removing the outer case before actual installation.

Edit Step 1 Outer Case  ¶ 

Image 1/3: Push back the handle after you have taken the core out of the case.

Edit Step 1 Outer Case  ¶ 

  • Release the back handle of the PowerMac. Slowly pull out the cube by holding the end of the handle. Watch for any parts that may become entangled with the outer case.

  • Push back the handle after you have taken the core out of the case.

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  • Place the cube upside down and remove the four T10 Torx screws on the front plate. Then remove the two screws on each side.

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  • Slowly lift the plate off the cube and disconnect the power cord.

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Image 1/1: The pillars should come out fairly easily.

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  • Remove the four pillars from each corner.

  • The pillars should come out fairly easily.

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  • Lift Airport slot.

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Image 1/1: Remove the IDE cable from the hard drive.

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  • Remove the power cord from the hard drive.

  • Remove the IDE cable from the hard drive.

  • Grip the sides of the hard drive and slowly pull outward.

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Image 1/1: Carefully slide the hard drive to the open side (side without the IDE and power cables) to remove the drive.

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  • Remove the three top screws of the hard drive use a T8 bit and remove the heat sink.

  • Carefully slide the hard drive to the open side (side without the IDE and power cables) to remove the drive.

  • Turn the drive over, remove the sled rail with a T10 driver for its two screws. Transfer the rail to the same side on the new drive.

  • Insert new hard drive.

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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3 Comments

If the Cube has an Airport card installed, it must be removed. This can be accomplished by disconnecting its antenna, and pulling gently on the clear plastic tab on its end. The bracket it is contained in must be unlatched from the frame and rotated out of the way to get to the two optical drive mounting screws beneath it.

olearydq - Reply

There is a ribbed cooling plate attached to the hard drive that must be removed before step 7.

isitism - Reply

There is no need to remove the four pillars. Skip step 4. In step 5, don't turn the Cube on it's side. The Airport slot swings out like a door, providing access to the IDE ribbon and power cables to complete step 6. Complete steps 6 and 7 while the cube is upright.

timhood - Reply