A few months ago I was sent a challenge over email: to make a video of a hard drive replacement on a 14” iBook. Now, for most technicians they wouldn’t consider a hard drive replacement to be a “challenge,” as hard drives tend to be the easiest thing to replace on computers. That said, it has always been interesting to me that for a new technician the 14” iBook hard drive replacement carries some of the same fears as an optical drive on a 12” PowerBook (a repair that requires gutting the whole machine and removing the logic board before one can remove the optical drive). While I certainly do not put the two on par with each other, I will admit that replacing a hard drive on a 14” iBook feels much like driving all around New York State looking for a White Castle; both seemingly easy tasks that just take way too long to complete!
While many first-time technicians take anywhere from 1-3 hours to replace the hard drive in an iBook, I haven’t found most experienced technicians to take more than 30 minutes and, in truth, it shouldn’t take more than 15-20. Below is the video split in three parts and they add up to 23 minutes which includes commentary. Hopefully I met my challenge and I also hope that those who think a hard drive replacement is never really a “big deal” get a little more of an understanding of what goes on behind the scenes when you drop off your computer for repair!