I know nothing about macs and need help replacing a hard drive on a clamshell

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Ok so pretty much i always steered clear of macs only because they look confusing, well i gave in and got a blueberry clamshell on ebay, thing is i cant do anything with 6gb of memory, my ipod has more memory than that, at any rate i really want to replace the hard drive and i went to replace everything when i realised this thing doesnt have a dvd drive so i cant put os x back on that way, so is there anyway someone on here could help me, im trying to change it to an 80 gb hard drive and i just have no clue as to what to do. should i just mac it an external hd or i dont know this is all overwhelming, could someone please help!!

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as for installing the hard dr

as for installing the hard drive, good luck, because the clamshells are the hardest things to get into.

There is a complete guide to replacing the HD here:

http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Mac/iBook-G3-Clamshell/HD-Replacement/49/14/

As for no DVD drive, there are CD versions of OS X. Look around.

Also, the original clamshells can only run up to Mac OS X 10.3 Panther, but the ones with a firewire port can run up to Mac OS X Tiger. This is officially, there are hacks to get tiger on the original clamshells, but they are not for first timers.

Hope that helps. Any more questions, feel free to ask.

-digital Wink

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2nd hardest notebook to get i

2nd hardest notebook to get into, with the 2400c being the hardest.