Tonight I finally got around to replacing the drive on my dying Powerbook. I got a Seagate 100 GB 7200 RPM drive to replace the failing stock drive, but that’s not the important part. The important part is the pictures, so let’s get on with those.
First, Apple thought it’d be a fun thing if the user ever wanted to get to the guts of his Powerbook he should have to remove lots and lots of screws:
Then, to make it even more of a challenge, Apple decided to put some latches underneath the upper case over the optical drive that would firmly lock the case down. These latches would be supremely difficult to locate and unlatch. Most users in frustration will resort to gorilla mechanics and mar their cases. Kinda like this:
Then the user can see the guts of the Powerbook which look like this:
After installing the new hard drive and replacing all the screws, I found out I had two spare screws. Well, sorta. I know where they should go, but I’m pretty sure I accidentally swapped them with two screws inside the Powerbook. The screws I have left over are too thin for the threads to take hold, so they’re effectively useless. It’s always nice to have some spare screws around the house anyway.
So, after about 3 hours of jiggering and cajoling my dying laptop, it now has a new Mega Memory Storage Center. It’s happily installing OS X 10.4 right now:
In fact, in the time it’s taken for me to write this post, it has finished installing. Time to start doing software updates.