Introduction

You can install hard drives up to 12.5mm thick.

    • Turn the G4 over.

    • Remove the eight T8 Torx screws from the lower case.

  1. Using your thumbs, slide the lower case away from you.
    • Using your thumbs, slide the lower case away from you.

    • The lower case may stick in the front on a tab just above the center of the DVD drive. Be careful as you work the case off, or you may break the thin strip of plastic just above the drive.

    • Lift the lower case off.

  2. Your laptop should look approximately like this.
    • Your laptop should look approximately like this.

  3. Skip this step if your computer does not have an Airport card.
    • Skip this step if your computer does not have an Airport card.

    • Firmly grasp the plastic tab attached to the Airport card and pull up and to the left.

    • Disconnect the antenna cable from the left side of the Airport card.

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  5. Disconnect the hard drive ribbon from the logic board using a spudger or the tip of your finger, removing tape as necessary.
    • Disconnect the hard drive ribbon from the logic board using a spudger or the tip of your finger, removing tape as necessary.

  6. To free the hard drive, remove the two T8 Torx screws from the right wall of the battery housing.
    • To free the hard drive, remove the two T8 Torx screws from the right wall of the battery housing.

  7. Remove the hard drive by gently grasping the orange ribbon cable and lifting the left edge up and out of the computer.
    • Remove the hard drive by gently grasping the orange ribbon cable and lifting the left edge up and out of the computer.

    • There are four rubber bumpers that fit over the hard drive screws. Ensure that these bumpers come out when you remove the hard drive.

  8. Your laptop should look approximately like this.
    • Your laptop should look approximately like this.

  9. Remove the two black plastic bumpers and two T8 Torx screws from the side of the hard drive.
    • Remove the two black plastic bumpers and two T8 Torx screws from the side of the hard drive.

  10. Grasp the orange ribbon cable and disconnect it from the hard drive. If the connector is tight, gently rock it from side to side.
    • Grasp the orange ribbon cable and disconnect it from the hard drive. If the connector is tight, gently rock it from side to side.

    • Be sure to pull evenly on both sides as uneven force may damage the hard drive pins and render your data inaccessible.

    • If you are installing a new hard drive, we have an OS X install guide to get you up and running.

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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