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My name is Vlad Skvortsov, I'm a software engineer: it's my job, hobby and addiction.

My primary interests include high-performance, scalable, fault-tolerant distributed systems; server-side applications; information retrieval technologies; procedural aspects of software engineering process.

I work on several private and open-source projects, hacking in Python, Haskell, Erlang, Perl and C.

Guitar, hiking, ice hockey and other hobbies help me to balance my life.

My e-mail is vss@73rus.com.

Extracting HDD From iBook G4

Sep 13 2006, 16:32 permalink
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My iBook G4 died in April (the motherboard was affected) and was lying around for quite some time, while I was procrastinating the messy procedure of extracting hard drive. I didn't need any data from that drive, since all I work with is checked into my Subversion repository. However, 7Gb of music is something worth dealing with!

I have asked a repair shop for an estimate for the operation and the quote was $95. So I decided to do that myself, although several Mac-related websites classified the procedure as "highly complex".

The resource I used was this one and although initially I was a bit scared of 57 total steps to do, this turned out not too hard. Of course the fact that I was not about to use the notebook afterwards made my life easier. It's worth noting that Apple is quite creative in the diversity of screw types, so I had to borrow a tool set from my friend.

So, the total time that it took me was 1 hour and 10 minutes which is not too bad. Now I can listen to my music again and also have a nice 30Gb backup drive!