Today I managed to take apart the iBook and remove the internal hard disk. These things are certainly built to tight specifications, and are somewhat tedious to disassemble. But I’ve done it before, and did it again this last time.
After installing the hard drive in an external firewire enclosure, I hooked it up to my G5 at work, and it lives! All the files are intact, and the drive is now happily indexed by Spotlight under Mac OS X 10.4.
Gotta love Macs….