Putting a higher capacity Hard Drive into my trusty old 2000 iBook laptop computer, now 8 years old.

By James E D Cline

BACKGROUND: On July 23, 2007, I replaced the hard drive in my little laptop computer, a 2000 iBook bought 8 years before to serve as emergency backup and transportable computer for my technical paper and presentation, to be presented at ASCE's Space Conference in Albuquerque NM in 2000. It was bought as a bare-bones computer at the time and I could not really afford it, but the paper's success was the culmination of a dozen years of effort by then, and I felt it was one of the most important things of my life and thus needed to do my best on it. The paper was a success more or less in that it got published (ref. "Cline, James E. D. “Kinetically Strengthened Transportation Structures.” Space 2000 Conference Proceedings, ASCE, 2000, 396-402.") And this computer went along with me during my subsequent space conference technical presentations, and actually by surprise was used as the direct source of the presentation video projector's data source for not only my presentation but also was needed to show the prior presenter's powerpoint from a CD written on a Windows machine, at ASCE's space conference in 2004 held near Houston Texas (see ASCE2004Dia for photostory of this trip; and see efikestspps7nmod.swf for the presentation slides themselves used during my presentation at the 2004 ASCE space conference.) Anyway, this computer has been apart twice before, once when I changed to a CD writer type optical disk drive, and then later to a higher capacity disk drive (originally came with a 10 GB HD is all) and now once again it needs more work save space.


So here is the cover of my little 2000 iBook laptop computer. I have long put little reminders to myself on outside of my computers, like these rather worn and outdated ones.


Here is my workspace for the replacement; I use my McMini computer to display the instructions for how to take the computer apart.


The computer has a top and bottom cover to be removed after chassis has been removed.


It conveniently has diagrams printed inside the computer on how to do som relatively easy changes such as putting in mor RAM memory and adding a wireless card.


Getting deeper into the laptop; I learned later that this computer is considered one of the hardest computers to work on; but the Apple's "take-apart" instruction CD really helps. Takes a second computer to display the instructions, however.


The parts are small, for example here I point at a typical size screw used in the computer.


I use an old egg carton to hold all the parts taken out in each step of disassembly, so that they can be replaced in reverse order, and make sure no spare parts are left over.


Another shield comes off


Here is what the instructions look like in one example. The overlaid squares emphasize where each screw, or other part of immediate interest, is located for this step.


I finally get to the hard drive.


Here the old and the new sit side by side.


A self photo while doing the replacement.


Is going back together piece by piece.



Almost done, need to put bottom of chassis on next and re-install the battery pack. Thankfully there are no parts left over, once again.


And I give a sigh of relief when the computer boots back up and produces its log on screen. It still works, hooray!

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