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    My niece, who is away at college, has an iBook model M6497 on which the
    hard disk has failed. Can anyone tell me

    (i) what is the form factor of the drive in this machine?
    (ii) what interface, and, if SCSI, what connector is required?
    (iii) are there any particular models of disk that are preferred?

    The old disk is almost certainly not recoverable. However my niece has the
    original install disks for MacOS. Is formatting a disk and installing the
    operating system something that a non-expert can reasonably do, or would
    she be better taking this to a specialist?

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    simon@jasmine.org.uk (Simon Brooke) http://www.jasmine.org.uk/~simon/

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  2. Re: Hard disk for 600MHz G3 iBook model M6497

    Simon Brooke wrote:
    > My niece, who is away at college, has an iBook model M6497 on which the
    > hard disk has failed. Can anyone tell me
    >
    > (i) what is the form factor of the drive in this machine?

    2.5" 9.5mm
    > (ii) what interface, and, if SCSI, what connector is required?

    ATA
    > (iii) are there any particular models of disk that are preferred?
    >

    Search this group in groups.google, there was a recent discussion on
    disc reliability, can't remember the post name though.

    > The old disk is almost certainly not recoverable. However my niece has the
    > original install disks for MacOS. Is formatting a disk and installing the
    > operating system something that a non-expert can reasonably do, or would
    > she be better taking this to a specialist?
    >


    Yes, power on, insert the install CD, power off by holding the power key
    down for ~5 sec, power on with the C (the key) held down to boot from
    the CD, one of the menus should allow access to DiskUtility or the
    installer will ask if you want to format and install, then fallow the
    instructions that the installer presents.

    Bob W

  3. Re: Hard disk for 600MHz G3 iBook model M6497

    In article , Simon
    Brooke wrote:

    > My niece, who is away at college, has an iBook model M6497 on which the
    > hard disk has failed. Can anyone tell me
    >
    > (i) what is the form factor of the drive in this machine?
    > (ii) what interface, and, if SCSI, what connector is required?
    > (iii) are there any particular models of disk that are preferred?


    virtually any parallel ata laptop hard drive will fit. however, be
    aware that opening the ibook to replace it is a major undertaking.

    step by step guide:


    > The old disk is almost certainly not recoverable. However my niece has the
    > original install disks for MacOS. Is formatting a disk and installing the
    > operating system something that a non-expert can reasonably do, or would
    > she be better taking this to a specialist?


    for replacement of the hard drive, take it someplace. once that's
    done, installing the operating system is trivial, but more than likely,
    whoever replaces the hard drive will install a system as well.

  4. Re: Hard disk for 600MHz G3 iBook model M6497

    Simon Brooke wrote:

    > My niece, who is away at college, has an iBook model M6497 on which the
    > hard disk has failed. Can anyone tell me
    >
    > (i) what is the form factor of the drive in this machine?


    2.5"

    > (ii) what interface, and, if SCSI, what connector is required?


    IDE

    > (iii) are there any particular models of disk that are preferred?
    >


    I tend to stick to Seagates though apparently the Chinese one's with rev
    7.1 are to be avoided.

    > The old disk is almost certainly not recoverable. However my niece has the
    > original install disks for MacOS. Is formatting a disk and installing the
    > operating system something that a non-expert can reasonably do, or would
    > she be better taking this to a specialist?


    Formatting the disk with Mac OSX is pretty easy. Actually physically
    installing the drive in the iBook is one for the experts, or at least
    somebody confident with some screwdrivers.
    --
    Jon B
    Above email address IS valid.
    Apple Laptop Repairs.

  5. Re: Hard disk for 600MHz G3 iBook model M6497

    in message , Bob Wardrope
    ('newsbybobwar@blueyonder.invalid') wrote:

    > Simon Brooke wrote:
    >> My niece, who is away at college, has an iBook model M6497 on which the
    >> hard disk has failed. Can anyone tell me
    >>
    >> (i) what is the form factor of the drive in this machine?

    > 2.5" 9.5mm
    >> (ii) what interface, and, if SCSI, what connector is required?

    > ATA
    >> (iii) are there any particular models of disk that are preferred?
    >>

    > Search this group in groups.google, there was a recent discussion on
    > disc reliability, can't remember the post name though.
    >
    >> The old disk is almost certainly not recoverable. However my niece has
    >> the original install disks for MacOS. Is formatting a disk and
    >> installing the operating system something that a non-expert can
    >> reasonably do, or would she be better taking this to a specialist?
    >>

    >
    > Yes, power on, insert the install CD, power off by holding the power key
    > down for ~5 sec, power on with the C (the key) held down to boot from
    > the CD, one of the menus should allow access to DiskUtility or the
    > installer will ask if you want to format and install, then fallow the
    > instructions that the installer presents.
    >


    Thanks everyone, that's very clear and simple.

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