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    I want to upgrade my PB hdd, will GeekSquad do it?
    I have a Powerbook G4 1.67 PPC with an 80gb hard drive. I go to law school, and this laptop is perfect for what I do (notes, papers, internet, the occasional video conversion), so I don't want to buy a whole new machine, so please don't tell me to just go buy a new Macbook or Macbook Pro. What I want is to upgrade my hard drive to 250gb. This way I won't have to stash most of my media on my external 300gb, and I can carry it with me. I'm home so rarely.

    I found a site that sells 250gb hard drives for the Powerbook for $100. Unfortunately, I am NOT comfortable installing it myself. All of the send-away services want $350 to replace my hard drive. I noticed that GeekSquad will replace hardware for an in-store fee of $50. Think this applies to my situation? If not, what should I do?

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    They might do it... but unless they're certified Apple service providers your warranty will be void. But it's probably already out of warranty, so whatevs

    But read through the detailed www.ifixit.com guides first. You might be able to give it a shot your self first.

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    They'll do it, but be aware that Geek Squad these days are glorified salesmen. Ever since Geek Squad was purchased by Best Buy, their main job has been to sell. I would recommend finding a local Mac shop and having them do it, thus supporting your local economy instead of some conglomerate like Best Buy. Plus you may save some cash.

    Check out the Apple Consultants Network for certified shops near you.

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    I would only take it there if they can do authorized repairs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aptmunich View Post
    They might do it... but unless they're certified Apple service providers your warranty will be void. But it's probably already out of warranty, so whatevs

    But read through the detailed www.ifixit.com guides first. You might be able to give it a shot your self first.
    i've got some warranty left, believe it or not. i think it ends november 2008.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngryGreek View Post
    Check out the Apple Consultants Network for certified shops near you.
    thank you. i'm going to give this a try! i don't like supporting best buy either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dalpod View Post
    i've got some warranty left, believe it or not. i think it ends november 2008.
    In that case get someone from the ACN to do it.

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