√ PowerBook G4 17" (in the picture it’s a 2005 model)
√ Torx #8 screwdriver (T8)
√ Philips #0 screwdriver
√ 2.5" P-ATA replacement Hard Drive (not a S-ATA)
Shut down the powerbook, and place it on a smooth and clean surface.
Unlock RAM cover
By using a philips #0 screwdriver, remove the screws locking down the RAM bay cover.
Remove RAM bay cover
Pull up the cover just a bit, and slide it.
Please note: when putting it back, follow the reverse procedure.
Slide in the cover keeping it almost parallel to the Mac.
Remove RAM, free keyboard connector
Remove SO-DIMM RAM module(s).
Free the flat keyboard connector (highlighted in yellow).
Please note: when closing the PowerBook, pay attention to this connector. It must be passed through the hole before locking the Top Case.
Remove Torx screws in RAM bay
There are two #8 Torx screws to be removed, highlighted in the picture.
Store screws and parts in a safe way
Removed screws and parts could be placed in a kind-of map on the table, in order to grant an easy identification when closing back the PowerBook.
Remove the screws below the hinge
There are five Philips #0 screws to be removed, highlighted in orange.
Remove screws in battery bay
Remove the highlighted screws in the battery bay.
Pay attention to the screw currently handled in the picture, as it is very close to a magnet.
Remove screw on both PowrBook sides
Remove the screws on both PowerBook sides, using the Philips #0 screwdriver.
Start removing the Top Case
Put the PowerBook face up, and check that the top portion of the Top Case is almost free.
Pull up the Top Case
Top Case should be extracted more or less parallel to the PowerBook.
The side screws we’ve just removed where locking it in grips, and the grips are still there (with springs).
Remove the Top Case
Once the Top Case has been removed, we can see the Hard Drive.
Unplug the connector crossing the Hard Disk
Unplug the connector crossing the Hard Drive, and flip it back.
It will be necessary to remove also the tape locking the flat cable to the Hard Drive body.
Unlock Hard Drive
Four screws to be removed, highlighted in the picture.
Pull up the drive
Pull up the drive, and remove left side bay.
Pull up the drive
Remove right-side bay, too.
Unplug P-ATA connector
Unplug the P-ATA connector from the Hard Drive, and the drive is now free.
Remove screws for HD lock
Remove the four screws locking the Hard Drive in its bay.
They’ll be mounted on the new drive.
© and Credits
All material used is orginal and specifically produced for faqintosh.com
⌘ Marco Balestra (operator, author)
⌘ Gianluca Chimisso (Mac owner, pictures)