PowerBook G4 Aluminum 12" 867 MHz Hard Drive Replacement

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This guide has been found to be exceptionally cool by the iFixit staff.

  • Author: iRobot
  • Difficulty: Difficult

You can install hard drives up to 9.5mm thick

Sections

Edit Step 1 Battery  ¶ 

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Edit Step 1 Battery  ¶ 

  • Use a coin to turn the battery locking screw 90 degrees to the right.

  • Lift the battery out of the computer.

Edit Step 2 EMI Finger  ¶ 

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Edit Step 2 EMI Finger  ¶ 

  • Remove the four Phillips screws from the memory door.

  • Slide the memory door away from the memory compartment.

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

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  • Remove the long black Phillips screw next to the memory card.

  • Remove the small EMI finger beneath the black screw.

Edit Step 4 Keyboard  ¶ 

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Edit Step 4 Keyboard  ¶ 

  • On the keyboard, remove the F1, F2, F11, and F12 keys.

  • This is scary - take a deep breath before continuing. Place your index finger under the upper left corner of the key and lift up until you hear a click. Then, transfer your finger to the left edge of the key and lift up to pull the key off.

  • You're freeing the two tabs on the left of the key from the two small holes in the plastic scissors mechanism.

  • When replacing the keys in the keyboard, place the key directly over the slot where it will go and press down until you hear the key click into place.

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

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Edit Step 5  ¶ 

  • Use your fingernail or a small flathead screwdriver to peel up the gray stickers covering each of the screws.

Edit Step 6  ¶ 

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  • Remove the two short Phillips screws.

Edit Step 7  ¶ 

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  • Lift the keyboard by the 'esc' and 'eject' keys and gently lift up until the keyboard is vertical.

Edit Step 8  ¶ 

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  • Grasp the keyboard connector ribbon near the connector and disconnect it from the logic board.

Edit Step 9 Upper Case  ¶ 

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Edit Step 9 Upper Case  ¶ 

  • Remove the three small Phillips screws from within the battery compartment.

Edit Step 10  ¶ 

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  • Turn the computer 90 degrees clockwise and remove the two medium-length Phillips screws from the casing.

Edit Step 11  ¶ 

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  • Turn the computer 90 degrees clockwise again, and remove only the bottom screw on either side of the hinge.

Edit Step 12  ¶ 

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  • Turn the computer 90 degrees clockwise just one more time, and remove the two Phillips screws on the exterior wall of the battery compartment.

  • Remember these two screws are longer and have shoulders.

Edit Step 13  ¶ 

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  • Turn the computer over and open it up.

  • Remove the following 14 screws:

    • Six 2.5 mm Phillips on either side of the keyboard area.

    • Five 4.5 mm Phillips on the left half of the keyboard area.

    • One 7 mm hex in the upper left corner of the upper case (a T6 Torx driver will do the job nicely).

    • One 15 mm Phillips in the upper middle of the keyboard area.

    • One 16.5 mm hex in the upper right of the upper case (again, a T6 Torx driver will work well).

Edit Step 14  ¶ 

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  • Peel up the two pieces of foil tape on the left side of the keyboard area.

  • The connectors at the ends of the cables are attached very firmly to the sockets on the logic board. Pulling directly on the cable will either separate the cable from its connector or the socket from the logic board.

  • Carefully disconnect the microphone and power cables from the logic board. Using your fingernails or a dental pick, carefully pry the connectors from their sockets. Make sure you're pulling only on the connector and not on the socket.

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  • Use the orange plastic loop to disconnect the trackpad cable.

Edit Step 16  ¶ 

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Edit Step 16  ¶ 

  • Starting at one of the upper corners near the screen, work around the frame, separating the upper case from the lower case.

Edit Step 17  ¶ 

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Edit Step 17  ¶ 

  • Lift the upper case off the computer.

Edit Step 18 Hard Drive  ¶ 

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Edit Step 18 Hard Drive  ¶ 

  • Remove the two Phillips screws from the hard drive bracket.

Edit Step 19  ¶ 

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Edit Step 19  ¶ 

  • Use the orange plastic loop to disconnect the hard drive cable from the logic board.

Edit Step 20  ¶ 

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  • Use the orange cable to pull the hard drive up, then pull it and the hard drive bracket out of the computer.

Edit Step 21 Hard Drive  ¶ 

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Edit Step 21 Hard Drive  ¶ 

  • Remove the two Phillips screws on the bottom of the hard drive.

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Edit Step 22  ¶ 

  • Remove the two Phillips screws and black rubber bumpers from the right side of the hard drive bracket.

  • Lift the metal bracket off of the hard drive.

  • Carefully peel the orange hard drive ribbon up from the bottom of the hard drive.

Edit Step 23  ¶ 

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Edit Step 23  ¶ 

  • Disconnect the hard drive cable from the hard drive by applying even pressure on both sides while maintaining a firm grip on the drive itself.

  • This is a bit tricky. Try holding the drive against your body while pushing the cable away from you, or rocking the cable gently from side to side while applying even pressure, or both. If you bend the pins, do your best to straighten them, using the hard drive cable as a guide.

  • If you are installing a new hard drive, we have an OS X install guide to get you up and running.

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

For more information, check out the PowerBook G4 Aluminum 12" 867 MHz device page.

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Comments Comments are onturn off

Pull straight up, not sideways. I used tweezers on the connector, rather than pulling on the ribbon cable.

vmile, · Reply

mine had foil tape over the connector

Avi Fagan, · Reply

Carefully lift edges of foil tape across logic board connector end of keyboard cable (foil is present if unit

has not been apart before).

Grasp cable near the connector and gently pull straight up (perpendicular to logic board).

John Haruguchi, · Reply

By bottom screw, it means the screw nearer the lid, not the screw nearer the bottom of the computer

cantoi, · Reply

can't lift upper case off. upper case.. it anchored on display side !!!

Fernando, · Reply

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