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.

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  • 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.

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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.

  • Place the battery aside

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

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  • Pull the latch to the right.

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Image 1/1: You have now removed the CD-ROM Drive.
  • 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.

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  • 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.

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

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  • Pull up until only the ribbon cable remains attached.

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  • Lift up the keyboard and tilt it forward.

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  • Locate the six screws on heat sink.

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

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That isn't the HDD!

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

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  • Lift the heat sink from the back.

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  • 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.

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  • Remove the ribbon cable.

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  • Completely remove keyboard.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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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