Introduction

Upgrade your hard drive for more storage space.

Image 1/2: The battery should pop up enough to rotate it toward yourself and lift it out of the lower case. Image 2/2: The battery should pop up enough to rotate it toward yourself and lift it out of the lower case.
  • Use your thumbs to push the two battery retaining tabs away from the battery.

  • The battery should pop up enough to rotate it toward yourself and lift it out of the lower case.

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  • Remove the three 2.3 mm Phillips screws securing the memory cover to the lower case.

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  • Lift the memory cover slightly and pull it toward yourself to remove it from the lower case.

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Image 1/1: Two 14.7 mm shouldered Phillips.
  • Remove the following ten screws:

    • Two 14.7 mm shouldered Phillips.

    • Three 12.3 mm Phillips.

    • One 3.8 mm T8 Torx.

    • One 6.8 mm T8 Torx.

    • Three 1.3 mm Phillips.

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Image 1/2: Use your fingernails to separate the ZIF cable lock away from its socket. (Move the two brown bits down 1mm) Image 2/2: 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.
  • 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.

The ZIF cable locks are the little grey pieces seen on the cable-side ends of the white bar. They will slide, as per detailed picture, toward the cable.

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  • Use the tip of a spudger to slide the trackpad ribbon cable out of its socket.

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Image 1/1: 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.
  • Remove the four 3.4 mm Phillips screws from the PC card 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.

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Image 1/1: 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.
  • 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.

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  • Depress the display latch release button and open your display.

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  • Starting near the display, lift the upper case straight up off the lower case, minding any cables that may get caught.

Sometimes the "tags"/"lugs" that are around the edge of the top & bottom frame, be careful not to bend them as when putting back the covers they will not merge. I used a screwdriver to poke through the hole the screw was supposed go in & push against the "inside nut" to let the tag from the top slide down between the 2 tags. The "inside nut" is like the one right next to the ribbon cable as shown in Dia.14. The screws are from Dia. 7&8.

harry allcock - Reply

in what direction does one move the ZIF cable lock? what/where is its socket?

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Image 1/1: Move the sound card ribbon cable away from the face of the hard drive.
  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the sound card ribbon cable connector up off the logic board.

  • Move the sound card ribbon cable away from the face of the hard drive.

  • It is not necessary to disconnect the sound card ribbon cable from the sound card.

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  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the hard drive ribbon cable connector up off the logic board.

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Image 1/2: Three 11.1 mm T8 Torx. Image 2/2: One 3.9 mm T8 Torx.
  • Remove the following four screws:

    • Three 11.1 mm T8 Torx.

    • One 3.9 mm T8 Torx.

  • Lift the hard drive out of the lower case.

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Image 1/1: If you happen to bend the hard drive pins during removal, use the connector as a guide to bend them straight.
  • Pull the hard drive cable straight away from the hard drive. It is helpful to wiggle the connector while pulling it away from the hard drive.

  • If you happen to bend the hard drive pins during removal, use the connector as a guide to bend them straight.

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Image 1/2: Pull the right hard drive bracket away from the hard drive. Image 2/2: Pull the right hard drive bracket away from the hard drive.
  • Remove the two Phillips screws from the right side of the hard drive.

  • Pull the right hard drive bracket away from the hard drive.

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Image 1/3: It is not necessary to completely remove this piece of tape. Image 2/3: Remove the two Phillips screws from the left side of the hard drive. Image 3/3: Pull the hard drive bracket away from the hard drive.
  • 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.

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  • Use the flat end of a spudger to separate the adhesive holding the hard drive shield on the hard drive.

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  • Pull the hard drive shield off the hard drive.

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Conclusion

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

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When putting the keyboard back in, be sure to slip the Z ribbon through the slot so that it can be locked back in. Be sure that it is locked well.

Jimbo Combo - Reply

Great guide. All in all, this is pretty easy but I've hit a snag with the hard drive. I have a PowerBook5,6 and a PowerBook5,9.

I want to simply transfer the actual hard drive from my older model to the 17" model. The SSD works fine in my 15" PowerBook but the 17" doesn't see it. It boots to a grey screen and stays there. When I boot from my Leopard install DVD, that works but Disk Utilities doesn't show a hard drive at all. I rechecked cables & attachments.

The 480GB SSD is formatted with Apple Partition Map and OS Extended Journaled. It works fine when I return it to the 15" and the 17" works fine with its IDE drive.

I thought this would be an easy swap. What might I be missing? What is different with the A1139?

Thanks.

jaesonk - Reply

Very nicely done, thank you. Would this instruction work for an PowerBook G4 Aluminum 17" 1.33 GHz model as well?

Thanks!

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