Introduction

This guide will show how to open up the PowerBook so that you may access the hard drive, and then show how to remove the hard drive.

On the bottom of the device, locate the battery release latch near the front.
  • On the bottom of the device, locate the battery release latch near the front.

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Slide the latch to the left in order to release the battery.
  • Slide the latch to the left in order to release the battery.

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While still holding the latch, grasp the battery and gently pull on the battery enclosure until it begins to slide out from the front of the device.
  • While still holding the latch, grasp the battery and gently pull on the battery enclosure until it begins to slide out from the front of the device.

  • Place the battery aside

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Once you remove the battery, identify the CD-ROM Drive latch.
  • Once you remove the battery, identify the CD-ROM Drive latch.

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Pull the latch to the right.
  • Pull the latch to the right.

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While still pulling the latch, pull the CD-ROM Drive out.
  • While still pulling the latch, pull the CD-ROM Drive out.

  • You have now removed the CD-ROM Drive.

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Locate the speaker cover.
  • Locate the speaker cover.

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Grab each end of the cover and slide to the left.
  • Grab each end of the cover and slide to the left.

I found it was easy to get a spudger over the left edge and lift it up a bit, then push the bar to the left, It pops right off after that.

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Pull up on the speaker cover to remove it.
  • Pull up on the speaker cover to remove it.

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Lift the keyboard up from the back using a spudger.
  • Lift the keyboard up from the back using a spudger.

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Pull up until only the ribbon cable remains attached.
  • Pull up until only the ribbon cable remains attached.

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Lift up the keyboard and tilt it forward.
  • Lift up the keyboard and tilt it forward.

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Locate the six screws on heat sink.
  • Locate the six screws on heat sink.

This is not necessary to remove the HDD. Go directly to step 20.

Kenneth DeVries - Reply

That isn't the HDD!

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Use the Philips #1 screwdriver to remove the screws from heat sink.
  • Use the Philips #1 screwdriver to remove the screws from heat sink.

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Lift the heat sink from the back.
  • Lift the heat sink from the back.

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Remove the heat sink.
  • Remove the heat sink.

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Gently pull up the beige ribbon lock on each side to unlock the ribbon cable from its connector. Pull up the lock a short distance, and then the cable will be free.
  • Gently pull up the beige ribbon lock on each side to unlock the ribbon cable from its connector. Pull up the lock a short distance, and then the cable will be free.

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Remove the ribbon cable.
  • Remove the ribbon cable.

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Completely remove keyboard.
  • Completely remove keyboard.

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Locate and identify the two screws that attach the hard drive to the computer.
  • Locate and identify the two screws that attach the hard drive to the computer.

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Remove the screws with a Phillips #0 screwdriver.
  • Remove the screws with a Phillips #0 screwdriver.

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Once the screws are removed, lift up the end of the hard drive using your finger tips.
  • Once the screws are removed, lift up the end of the hard drive using your finger tips.

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Fully lift the hard drive vertically against the side of the computer.
  • Fully lift the hard drive vertically against the side of the computer.

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Push a finger down onto the plastic strap.
  • Push a finger down onto the plastic strap.

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Remove the hard drive from the computer by pushing down on the plastic strap and pulling up on the hard drive.
  • Remove the hard drive from the computer by pushing down on the plastic strap and pulling up on the hard drive.

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The hard drive is now separated from the computer.
  • The hard drive is now separated from the computer.

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  • Reverse these instructions to install a new hard drive, or to put the computer back together.

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Conclusion

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

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Hi iFixIt thanks for all the details BUT the keyboard can indeed stay in

when changing the hard drive. Just slide it a bit to the right after step

11, the ribbon cble does not take any damage. SO: from step 12 jump

straight to step 20. The heat sink can stay untouched, which i find not

unimportant to mention. Regards, TB75

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