Replacement of the hard disk from an
ibook dual usb 500 MHz (light version)
as usual I decline any responsibility, if something
happen to your computer after having followed this
A friend of mine needed more room than he had in his
ibook 500 MHz's 10Go HD (OS X takes a lot of room on hard
disk). So he got a Toshiba 60GB 2.5-Inch 9.5mm new HD. We
first have mounted this new disk for test into an external
firewire box. Then we used the "Disk Utility" app. to
duplicate his old HD (10GB) on the new one. Then we checked
if the ibook could boot from the new one. Everything being
ok, we are now ready to operate...
As usual, we shut down the computer, we disconnect the
powering and remove the battery.
His iBook is a little bit old. Thus, it does not have any
more than one of its original feet. They were replaced by
felt rounds. They had to be extracted to have access to the
Phillips screws (two yellow arrows of right-hand side). The
blue arrows point allen screws (size 2mm).
Detail of the feet:
Blue arrow, felt
Yellow arrow, rubber pin
With arrow, Phillips screw
Black arrow, metallic washer
Between the washer and the screw you can see the plastic
support of the rubber pin. When we will put back the washer,
it will be necessary to make sure that they are well placed.
If not we will split the shell when we will screw up.
The yellow arrow points a base where the rubber pin, the
washer, the support and the screw were removed.
The blue yellow points a box intended to recover the
Once the 7 screws of the bottom face were withdrawn, we
can take down the keyboard. To do that, withdraw the
possible airport card, unscrew the two screws pointed by the
yellow arrows and withdraw the lid hiding the memory (as
seen on the manual at the back of the keyboard ;-) )
We can now remove the connector of the keyboard (yellow
arrow). Never force. Personally, I used a handle on the
connector. The blue arrow points the connector of the
trackpad which also should be taken down.
The two last screws to be withdrawn before withdrawing
It is easier to start from the corner. The blue arrows
point two clipes of the front face, the yellow points an
"internal" clip of the battery compartment.
The battery's clip "taken down".
We continue around.
From one side to the other.
Finished. It is necessary to be firm, but do not force.
We now see the shielding of the bottom face, considering
that we have withdrawn the shell of the bottom part.
It is necessary to withdraw the screws pointed by the
yellow arrows. It's also necessary to take down the stickers
pointed by the blue arrows. Caution, do not damage those
pointed by the white arrows.
It is necessary to withdraw the springs which fix the
battery if you don't want to see them spring and wondering
from where they come!
The shielding is almost withdrawn, it is necessary to
delicately take down the sticker pointed by the yellow
The blue arrow points the ventilator. Yes, there is one
the ibooks 500 MHz!
The yellow arrows point 3 screws to absolutely withdraw.
The blue point the support of the led. You can also
withdraw it but this is not required.
We can now turn over the iBook. We will soon be able to
withdraw the top cover, which will give us (finally) access
to the disk.
It is necessary to withdraw the 3 screws pointed by the
And also this one hidden under the magnet pointed by the
Don't forget to check that the trackpad connector is
correctly deconnected. And eventualy, isolate the connector
for airport antenna with chaterton.
I also removed this screw (blue arrow), hidden by the cd
tray which you need to open by using a paper clip (yellow
arrow). But I am not sure that this must be done.<
The yellow arrow points the screw maintaining the led
-> either we unscrew or we remove the cables.
The long screw maintaining the top cover.
The speakers cables to be taken down before withdrawing
We also need to taken down the cables of the startup
Now we can taken down the top cover. I personally
experienced a hard resistance there (yellow arrow) :-(
Yves C. points out me that resistance to this place is
due to the screw of picture 30. And that the magnet which is
located there is the one starting the sleeping process.
The withdrawn and turned over top cover.
There, it begins to become annoying. Indeed, all the
yellow arrows are pointing all the screws to be withdrawn to
be able to take down the top shielding. Of course, a lot of
the screws are differents :-( -> personally I made a
quick plan (ugly) and I put them above progressively in
accordance with the work.
It is also necessary to remove all the stickers (have a
good look, there are some of them top left and I probably
forget some others)...
Still a hidden screw on other side of the cd tray :-(
Well, we finally see the disk! In addition, we also see
that there is only one connector for the two ATA drives (the
optical drive and the hard drive).
It is necessary to take down the connector of the mother
board. There is a "handle". Remember, do not pull too hard,
but delicately. A little on the left, then a little on the
right, then a little on the left, etc. until the complete
release of the disk. If you force, you risk to twist a pin,
or worse, to break it.
These are the hands of the owner of the iBook! The yellow
arrow points the connector to withdraw from the disk, the
blue arrow points that there is no video chip at this place
of the mother board. This is not what you can read here.
Julien Salaün from Canada points out me that the
graphics chip is on the other face of the mother board
(visible on photograph 16 and 17 under the white thermal
-> my natural bad faith pushes me to say that on the
other face and in contact with the shielding, I think that
it is not enough to heat the machine like that; -) But
despite that I thank him for his information!
The new disk (left)
The old one (right). The two parts of the cradle are just
plugged in on the 4 studs pointed by the yellow arrows. It
is necessary to unscrew them and install them on the new
disk. The adequate tool is a screwdriver torx 8.
As usual, to reassemble, do the same in reverse ;-)
Above, the ugly plan having allowed me to quickly put
back the good screws in the good places for the shielding of
the top cover.
The other screws and parts remained in the box, so I can
easily put them back.
If you wish to thank or forsten me...