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27 November 2007
Filed under:Personal,problems with technology at1:23 pm

It was only 18 months ago that my iBook’s hard disk died last and here we go again! Fortunately, my extended AppleCare is valid until January. However it will apparently take (at least) ten working days to fix (and since it died without warning my backup was older than it should have been). I spoke to one Apple dealer about replacing the internal 80Gb drive with something larger when they repair it and he quoted me £200 (!) for a 120Gb drive (about six times the market price I believe). The dealer said 120Gb is the practical limit because of heat problems with a larger one. Does that seem likely?

I thought I might try working on my machine or another one from my backup but just discovered that PowerPC-based Macs don’t boot from USB. Bah! Well, I don’t have access to a spare Mac anyway…


  1. Yes re the HD size and heat problems.

    Sounds like there is a lemon buried in the design, around HD drives.

    Comment by John — 25 January 2008 @ 1:24 pm

  2. sounds like a back up is required every day! maybe thats what the little flash memories that work off usb are for? They hold a gig and cost 10 pounds here

    Comment by Russ Brake — 31 January 2008 @ 12:46 pm

  3. 1-4Gb is all very well for backing up the most current files but I prefer to have everything backed up. It’s just a case of remembering to run the backup program more often…

    Comment by David Brake — 8 February 2008 @ 10:37 pm

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