First Generation iBook Hard Drive

Okay, here’s a little how-to on the steps to swap out the hard drive on the first generation of Apple iBooks. You know those ones? They looked like a flattened parking meter and came in different colors. A far cry from the white or now the black we get to choose from today. Well, I gotta say that these were the best iBooks made and while they’re not really up to running most things these days, a ram upgrade and some extra hard drive power will really make them crank along.
The ram upgrade is easy, but the hard drive is not an easy thing to do. In fact this is the most crucial step with all of this is realizing you don’t really want to do it yourself. You see, what you do is get every tool imaginable to mankind to get at the screws and bolts on the damn thing, then you search out the 30 step instructions with pictures on Google for replacing the drive, and lastly (and I can’t emphasize this point enough) you have a very energetic co-worker jump at the chance to do this. But you must cease to refer to the iBook as a “computer” from this point on and only call it by its correct name of, “science project”.
Okay, so you’ve got all the things together for this job: tools, iBook, stereo-instruction-esque step listings, and the energetic co-worker. You head in to this step pretty easy because it’s the disassembly step. It requires you pull apart all of the various layers of the science project to get at the hard drive. You’ll probably lose a couple components and screws along the way, but that’s okay, many of these old machines are still aroung to steal from. So, around step 18 (or is it 20?) you’ll hit a roadblock in taking it apart. I don’t know what it will be for you, but something just won’t come apart. You and your co-worker will both look at it. This is the second to last time you’ll get this close to it.
Now we head in to step two which is the waiting phase. Essentially, the science project will sit there for a couple of weeks. More parts will get lost and sometimes the co-worker may tinker with it, but probably not. Really, it is a dissected creature now. This is why the “science project” terminology is so important.
The last step is finalization. One day, you will realize that the science project is never going to go back together again and when your co-worker isn’t looking, you’ll toss it and all 6,000 screws in the garbage, thus handling it one last time. You then go and buy a brand new iBook with what is termed a truly user-replaceable hard drive and you never think about the old one again. This is what is so beautiful about Apple’s systems. Because no matter what upgrade path you try to take, you’ll always just be replacing the machine in the end. Makes things simple, no?