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When replacing your hard drive, you must transfer the four locating pins (removed with a T6 screwdriver) from the old hard drive to the new one.

  1. Remove the following 10 screws securing the lower case to the MacBook Pro 13" Unibody:
    • Remove the following 10 screws securing the lower case to the MacBook Pro 13" Unibody:

    • Seven 3 mm Phillips screws.

    • Three 13.5 mm Phillips screws.

    It looks like you need a Phillips #000 screwdriver for the 10 bottom screws. I tried the #00 and it's too big. Good thing I bought a 23 piece precision screwdriver set or else I would have been screwed.

    scott523 - Ответить

    The 10 screws that hold tha bottom case take a #00 Phillips driver, if yours doesnt fit it's probably because it's cheaply made & not precise enough. The only thing that I needed a #000 driver for was the keyboard screws. They're so small they look like specks of dirt or sand. I stripped out 4 of them & now will need to grind the heads off with a Dremel/rotary tool. The other thing that sucks is iFixit doesn't have a tutorial for keyboard replacement!

    iphonetechtips -

    A true Phillips head screw's slots are rounded at their inner corners, to allow the screwdriver to "cam out" (pop out) of the screw head before you apply too much torque and strip the threads in the part that you're torqueing the screw into. However, the screws used in the Macbook don't have those rounded inner corners, so they're not Phillips. Instead, they may be a Japanese standard known as JIS B 1012, or a Frearson (also known as a Reed & Prince), but that's a less common design. Maybe technically these non-Phillips screws should be used with a screwdriver that was specifically designed for them, but they can be properly removed and reinstalled using a truly precision-made Phillips #00 (some people find a #000 sometimes works even better) whose tip comes to a sharp point--not the lousy fake "precision" screwdrivers that are sold in too many places. See my next comment for more.

    johnsawyercjs -

    Many screwdriver manufacturers get away with marketing fake "precision" screwdrivers because, in the words of the Wikipedia article at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_sc...: "Most heads come in a range of sizes, typically distinguished by a number, such as "Phillips #00" or "Torx T5." These sizes do not necessarily describe a particular dimension of the drive shape, but are often arbitrary designations in the same sense as a "Size 8" dress."

    In other words, the quality of many "precision" screwdrivers is poor. In my experience, one of the biggest problems with many fake "precision" Phillips screwdrivers is that the four blades at the tip are often too wide, and their width may even vary on the same screwdriver (they're not supposed to). So just because a screwdriver is marketed as a "precision screwdriver", it may not be, and many that are labeled as #00, or even #000, will not work for a Macbook's screws. See my next comment for still more.

    johnsawyercjs -

    One of the best manufacturers of precision screwdrivers is Wiha (http://www.wihatools.com/tech-tools/prec... cost more, but they're worth it. Or buy screwdrivers from iFixit, who seem to be selling JIS screwdrivers.

    Another article with some good info on screw and screwdriver types:


    Also keep in mind that some screws are tougher to remove and reinstall because they have a thread-locking compound on them, which is usually blue.

    johnsawyercjs -

    Phillips #00 is the correct screwdriver for the lower case. Maybe the one you have is worn or badly made.

    David Fear -

    Perfect man!Many thanks!:)

    wertaerte - Ответить

    Compare the short screws carefully before reinstalling them. The shouldered screws go in the holes on the front edge.

    David Kilbridge - Ответить

    thanks twisk, I wish i would have read your tip before I finished putting the bottom of my laptop back together. I managed to get all screws in somehow, but one was in fact too-tight.

    BTW, big big thanks to the Author: Andrew Bookholt. Just used this guide and my trackpad now works again.

    xitxit2 -

    i too need a #000 for the bottom of the case -- i got the recommended screwdriver (#00) and unfortunately it's too big

    plins718 - Ответить

    Before I started removing any screws I took a piece of paper and drew the bottom of the laptop and put a piece of double-sided tape in the spot where each screw goes. That way when I took out the screws, I could put them on the tape so I knew exactly which screw went in which spot. I did the same thing for dismantling the inside on another sheet of paper, then a third sheet for the screen after getting the front glass off.

    mastover - Ответить

    I use a similar technique: I print out the iFixit manual for the job, and Scotch-tape down the screws/brackets/cables I remove at each step next to the component descriptions. That way, when I'm reassembling, the bits are taped right next to the photo of where they came from.

    adlerpe -

    That's exactly what I do for all my repairs! It's the best way to keep track of all of the parts ' original location and to make sure that you don't miss any parts during reassembly.

    joyitsjennie -

    Great idea and one I use often

    Thomas Overstreet -

    Excellent idea! Thanks for sharing it here.

    Laura Sharkey -

    The colours you used for these circles are indistinguishable for colour-blind people. Please consider using something like the palette suggested by visibone: http://www.visibone.com/colorblind/

    Eric Sorenson - Ответить

    Squares, Circles, Triangles (you get the idea) would work as well to distinguish the different screws.

    danzeitlin -

    I'd use a Phillips #000 screwdriver also. The #00 can work, but if the screws are in really tight, it doesn't get far enough down into the screws to get purchase, so it will start to strip (and I agree that the screws are pretty soft). On mine, the screws for the fan were really tight, started to strip with #00, needed a #000 and quite a bit of pressure to get them to move.

    jonathanmorgan - Ответить

    I thought it took a 000 as well. However, I tried both and realized the 00 works best.

    john - Ответить

    Hi i was wondering if you can add 16gb to this model? or is 8 the maximum?

    Igor - Ответить

    The Mid 2010 MacBook Pro 13" does support 16 GB RAM, but it is very picky about the type of RAM. OWC sells a 16 GB kit (2x 8 GB). I think it's got to be 1066 (aka 1067) MHz RAM. A lot of 8 GB modules on the market now are faster than 1066 MHz, and reports I've read say people start getting kernel panics if they use the wrong RAM.

    Some info here:


    "1066 MHz PC3-8500 DDR3 SDRAM"

    "*Originally, both the official and actual maximum RAM was 8 GB. However, as confirmed by site sponsor OWC, if running OS X 10.7.5 or higher, updated with the latest EFI, and equipped with proper specification memory modules, this model can support up to 16 GB of RAM."

    Our Mid 2010 already had "the latest EFI" (i.e. Boot ROM version in System Profiler), so the reference to updating it may not be relevant.

    Winston -

    I used a 00 that fit but the screws were very tight so I used a tiny paintbrush with some wd40 on it and put it around the edges of the screws. Worked like a charm

    valentinedhdh - Ответить

    I had the same problem. The #00 screwdriver worked for some of the screws but some others were too tight and I had to use a #000. Maybe it was because the cover had slightly bent because the battery inside had basically doubled its width, but I still found that the #000 was a much better fit for these screws. Even the ones that came out with the #00 came out much easier with the #000. I would suggest updating this guide to suggest using a #000.

    tarriojuan - Ответить

    Had no idea they were so expensive.

    Franklin - Ответить

    Phillips #00 is the right tool for all the steps (Except the 4 HD T6 screws). Maybe there is dirt in the notch.

    Luis Soto - Ответить

    There is any chance to use the Toshiba MQ01ABD 1 TB 2.5" Internal Hard Drive MQ01ABD100 , it has7200 rpm , shuold it work?

    Luis - Ответить

    If you are running OS X 10.11.2 or newer, battery provided by iFixIt will not work. I've already tried 2 batteries from iFixIt and neither worked. iFixIt needs to come clean on this unfortunate situation. I've already put 8 hours into this futile effort when it should have taken me 45 minutes.

    gkofga - Ответить

    What was your solution? I'm using 10.11.3 OS X. I may need a battery replacement very soon too.

    John Doe -

    <i>The 10 screws that hold that bottom case take a #00 Phillips driver, if yours doesn't fit it's probably because it's cheaply made & not precise enough.</I>

    I purchased the IFixIt 54 bit Driver Kit and their Phillips #00 are <b>NOT</b> the appropriate size for the bottom screws on this MacBook Pro. This manual needs to have the tools changed to Phillips #000 Screwdriver. Until then I shall not click the "Give the author +30 points" button. Apart from that, the rest of the manual is very good. It would also be an idea to make a comment about making sure the battery connector is in the correct position when plugging the battery back in. One poster commented that their battery will not charge anymore. My guess is a pin(s) was/were bent due to the connection not being in the vertical orientation when being pressed back together. :-)

    THANK YOU for writing and generously supplying this guide for our use. It is much appreciated. +30 point coming when the Phillips #000 size is changed or added.

    Joseph King - Ответить

    It would be nice to remind fixers which length screws go back in which holes, in case they get mixed up...

    Mike - Ответить

    Wonderful guide

    Freda - Ответить

    j’ai remarqué que le 4 vis philips courtes sur le bord avant ont une courte entretoise

    celles des cotés n’en ont pas et sont courtes

    la dernière sur le bord qui comporte les 3 longues, est un poil plus longue

    si l’on ne fait pas attention, les vis des cotés ne peuvent pas se visser à fond et dépassent un peu

    parfait pour le reste ! Merci

    Vincent Morault - Ответить

    I am pretty sure that one of the tools listed as needed has changed from when I looked it up last week and placed the order, and is a mistake. Here is a screen shot of the first step to replacing the fan on my Mac unibody. Doesn’t a 3mm Phillips call for a #1 PH screwdriver? Is the mistake in the size of the screw or the screwdriver designation? And I am sure the last time I looked it did not say I needed to remove 13.5 mm Phillips screws. Maybe I can figure it out, but I once ruined a laptop by dropping a back screw from the screwdriver into the innards. I never found it - until it rattled around and ruined the computer! Should I guess? What does everyone think?

    Virginia S Moe - Ответить

  2. Slightly lift the lower case and push it toward the rear of the computer to free the mounting tabs.
    • Slightly lift the lower case and push it toward the rear of the computer to free the mounting tabs.

    In the introduction you should link fixers to this excellent doc: https://www.ifixit.com/Misc/HD_Software_...

    It is really critical, super easy, and free(!) to clone your existing drive onto the new one you will install. I ran into one error, but SuperDuper! support replied immediately on how to fix it...Thanks ifixit and SuperDuper! (I ponied up the $28 for the software anyway, I was so impressed!)

    Mike - Ответить

  3. For precautionary purposes, we advise that you disconnect the battery connector from the logic board to avoid any electrical discharge.
    • For precautionary purposes, we advise that you disconnect the battery connector from the logic board to avoid any electrical discharge.

    • Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the battery connector up out of its socket on the logic board.

    why is step 3 necessary?

    gansodesoya - Ответить

    Цитата от(из) gansodesoya:

    why is step 3 necessary?

    Just to disconnect any power source to avoid damages by short-circuits.

    MrKane - Ответить

    Цитата от(из) gansodesoya:

    why is step 3 necessary?

    Removes the possibility of any current flow. This is especially important if you are trying to mitigate the damage to the circuitry due to a spill on a keyboard.

    amiller770 - Ответить

    I'm thinking of ordering the spudger. I was thinking of order the heavy duty spudger... or should I just order the normal. Will either of the spudgers work for this DIY?

    shockaaa - Ответить

    Once you have a set of spudgers, you will wonder how you ever went without them. :-)

    Brian -

    $@$@. Don't use an non-isolated screwdriver for this. I just shorted-out my battery :(

    Lukas Besch - Ответить

    You are absolutely right, never use a screwdriver on the logic board or any connector! Delicate use of fingernails or a credit card will get you through most situations if you lack a spudger.

    Logan Bean -

    How do you get that battery connector back on? Do you just press it in back in place after you're done?

    Horace Chung - Ответить

    yes. I usually plug it in before I screw it down so I can lift the battery a bit and have enough slack to be able to go straight down on the connector, otherwise it comes in on a bit of an angle, which can't be good (though not necessarily bad).

    maccentric -

    Would it not be advisable to drain the battery completely before attempting to repair, if you want to be sure you don't get a spark when removing the battery connector?


    bduault - Ответить

    Disconnecting the battery connector is not that different from simply unplugging a battery from an older model MacBook with a removable battery. You're not trying to protect yourself from a "spark", but the internal circuitry when taking the MacBook apart.

    amiller770 -

    I neglected step 3 and now my computer won't turn on. Could I have shorted out my logic board?

    Plamen - Ответить

    I had the same problem , my macbook doesn't switch on working

    marioluiggi -

    A very easy and fast update indeed! Using this guide and the tools indicated on top I replaced the two RAM cards (2GB each) with two 8GB RAM cards from OWC for a total of 16GB RAM in my MBP Middle 2010 Core 2 Duo (Officially not supported according to Apple).


    Make sure you select RAM with these specs: 16GB DDR3 PC8500 1066MHz Kit (8GBx2)


    Apps open much faster and I can run a virtual machine at a decent speed.

    Luis Soto - Ответить

    Removing the battery is not required, but in some instances can make installing ram much easier. If you plan on upgrading from 4GB (2X 2GB) to 8GB (2X 4GB) Removing the battery would be better. There are two levels of ram. If you are replacing both levels, then remove the battery. If you are just replacing the top, dont bother. Removing the battery for very long or even at all (depending on the CMOS battery age and health) could possibly reset settings, the clock, saved wifi passwords, and more.

    Everett Whiteman - Ответить

    It is beneficial to remove the battery at this stage.

    Knox Karima - Ответить

    This step almost finished me, and I did extensive damage to the battery plug. Fortunately, I later replaced the battery, and the replacement came with a new plug! :) Newbies need to know - 1. The battery plug is like a thin lip on a thicker lip, so you need to pry BETWEEN 2 thin lips to get it off, else you are trying to yank out the socket. 2. Mine was initially VERY tight, and trying to get it out broke the plastic on all sides of plug, even though I was as careful as possible. Luckily, this didn't hurt functionality and I later replaced the battery. AFTER disconnecting once, it was never so tight again,

    Jeff Diamond - Ответить

    Guys I just used my index finger nail. It’s the most useful nail to let grow a little bit for this type of procedure. Came off pretty easy when using both my right hand index and left hand index together to lift the plug up out. Found some plastic folded it and place it right over the socket so the plug would go back in and now the plug holds the plastic in place so I can focus on the main work.

    clsmithj - Ответить


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  5. Remove two Phillips screws securing the hard drive bracket to the upper case.
    • Remove two Phillips screws securing the hard drive bracket to the upper case.

    • These screws are captive to the hard drive bracket.

    I can't seem to loosen one of the screws... I know they are not supposed to come out, but one will not loosen, at all...... Any ideas on how to get it loose?

    David - Ответить

  6. Lift the the retaining bracket out of the upper case.
    • Lift the the retaining bracket out of the upper case.

  7. Lift the hard drive by its pull tab and pull it out of the chassis, minding the cable attaching it to the computer.
    • Lift the hard drive by its pull tab and pull it out of the chassis, minding the cable attaching it to the computer.

  8. Remove the hard drive cable by pulling its connector straight away from the hard drive.
    • Remove the hard drive cable by pulling its connector straight away from the hard drive.

    You can stop here if you only need to replace the hard drive, right?

    Joe Ireland - Ответить

    Only if you don't want a hard drive in your MacBook Pro. ;P

    *Step 7: REMOVE HDD

    *Step 8: REPLACE HDD

    Key steps if you need to save or access data. That is, unless you use an external HDD. Then yes, you can stop at step 7.

    iphonetechtips -

    Straight-forward and easy to follow.

    No problems except minor ones from not reading all the text...easily fixed by reading :-)

    Used Carbon Copy Clone rather than Super Duper to clone drive.

    JOSEPH BLANKIER - Ответить

    I did this exactly with a 7200 RPM WD Scorpio that I had been using in my MacBook 13" Unibody (before Apple discontinued that). I get a nasty crash on boot, even with the OS X 10.6 Install DVD. I mean BSOD-equivalent crash. The MacBook Pro is brand new. Anybody know why this happens?

    Blake - Ответить

    I fixed it. I don't know which of the following did it. 1) I ran all software updates to the OS using the MacBook before transferring the drive again into the MBP, and 2) when I installed the drive I disconnected the battery – perhaps this reset the SMC. While booting, I held Option and it recognized the new HD right away. From then on, it booted fine.

    Цитата от(из) Blake:

    I did this exactly with a 7200 RPM WD Scorpio that I had been using in my MacBook 13" Unibody (before Apple discontinued that). I get a nasty crash on boot, even with the OS X 10.6 Install DVD. I mean BSOD-equivalent crash. The MacBook Pro is brand new. Anybody know why this happens?

    Blake - Ответить

    This could be from the Apple firmware update for 7200 RPM Drives. They released an update because these were causing vibration that people were complaining about. Maybe it wouldn't function without update?

    iphonetechtips -

    I guess it's probably my fault that I broke the SATA cable during this step (unless the cable was somehow already weakened), but for anyone reading this, be extra careful. My connector was fitted really tightly, and when it finally came out it ripped the cable, which is pretty expensive in its own right (although you can get a cheaper deal on eBay).

    nitrous - Ответить

    Had no issue since installation of a 7200RPM WD Scorpio 750GB drive and had no issues with vibration. I did notice back when I got this MacBook Pro though, the pre-installed Apple branded drive was only performing at half of the 3Gbps potential (1.5)

    I could see letting Apple get away with that on a consumer level machine but for the premium price, I expect performance.

    Needless to say even running the same HDD on my same MBP, I've had not a single problem with the HDD upgrade. Best money spent on it along with additional RAM.

    Brian - Ответить

    Everywhere I see recommendations for a torx t6 driver yet many warn me I need a tr6 security driver. ???? Are ALL macs including the mid 2010 using the tamper resistant screws? I am going blind trying to see the pin in the middle!

    suzann fulbright - Ответить

  9. Remove the two T6 Torx screws from each side of the hard drive (four screws total). You'll need to transfer these screws to your new hard drive if you're changing drives.
    • Remove the two T6 Torx screws from each side of the hard drive (four screws total).

    • You'll need to transfer these screws to your new hard drive if you're changing drives.

    • If you are installing a new hard drive, we have an OS X install guide to get you up and running.

    Does anyone know how I can get another set of the T6 screws I took out of my old HD? I forgot to save them and now my new SSD rattles around in the laptop!


    TimAndSusanna Decker - Ответить

    Have you tried calling your local Apple store? The screws Apple uses throughout their devices are usually machined in large quantities of "odd" lengths that are not easily (if at all) found anywhere but from them. Good luck!

    Andy -

    Hi there. We sell the Screw Set for the MBP 13" Mid 09 which includes the hard drive T6 screws you require. Hope this helps.

    Walter Galan -

    Are the screws for the hard drive available along? The problem is that the only answer I'm seeing (from Walter above) is a $59 for the 4 screws needed, there has to be a more economical choice.

    Any assistance would be appreciated.

    alfredperlstein - Ответить

    in my laptop these screws were T7

    thathope2 - Ответить

    Hi, just followed all of the steps and installed a 240GB Toshiba OCZ TL100 SSD but now my laptop won't boot up. Every time I power it up I see a gray folder with a question mark.

    I've tried holding Command + R during boot and a few other variations but still no luck. Any clue as to why it's not working?

    PS - I'm a beginner when it comes to this so any guidance would really help. Thanks!

    terrance li - Ответить

    terrance li

    I have faced same issue. are you still seeing it?

    Darpan Ghunchala - Ответить

    Hello, same issue here with my new crucial mx500 in macbook pro 13 unibody mi2009… Grey folder with question mark.

    what can I do ?

    Thank you very much

    Elvire Menetrier - Ответить

    For those with the boot up issues, did you create a bootable flash drive per this link: Créer une clé USB bootable

    and THEN follow the install procedure for High Sierra at this link: How to Install macOS High Sierra

    I didn’t replace my hard drive, but those seem to be crucial steps prior to replacing it.

    This document is also referenced in a comment in one of the earliest steps of this guide. https://s3.amazonaws.com/ifixit-assets/M...

    Dan - Ответить


To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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The T6 Torx screws from each side of the hard drive do not fit exactly in The Crucial M500 240GB I used as a replacement; they are a tiny bit too long. As a result, the SSD is harder to fit in the available space. Amazing performance though, well worth this little intervention.

I have to update my iMac 24" next.

Cyril - Ответить

I'd suggest using the free software "Super Duper" to clone the hard drive. It worked wonders for me and after the 2 hour clone, I was up and running in 5 minutes!

cmoore22739 - Ответить

I wholeheartedly agree. Super Duper! made the task effortless.

danzeitlin -

The T6 torx screws on the side of the existing Hitachi drive fit my Crucial M500 240GB replacement perfectly. Be aware that they were originally installed into the HDD with blue Loctite, so it takes a bit of effort to break them loose.

Thanks ifixit for excellent guidance!

danzeitlin - Ответить

Huge thank you for this guide! The HD on my mid-2009 MacBook Pro died yesterday (it was the original 160GB HD from 2009, so I can't complain, I guess) and instead of shedding a few hundred euros to the Apple geniuses, I saw this tutorial and thought I could give it a try. I bought a new HD (this time 500GB), replaced the fried one, reformatted the new one and now I'm doing a fresh install of OS X. Total cost: 41euros and some careful screwdriving here and there. Et voila!

Thank you, thank you, tank you!

Sara - Ответить

What do you do when your laptop doesn't read your new hard drive?

amberscheme - Ответить

If your hard drive dosent connect. you might need to change your hard drive connect cable . The second option is that you need a strip to replace your hard drive with DVD rom.

Asim Rafaq -

If your hard drive doesnot connect you need to change your connecting cable

Asim Rafaq -

Get the upgrade kit. Very useful when I needed to start from old hard drive and it has a very complete set of heads.

I did a clean install of Yosemite and initially it gave me a install corrupted message. I had to put back the old SODIMMs to get past that. New drive works great.

menevets - Ответить

I have this MacBook Pro (mid-2009) and after putting in a partition 2 years ago so that I could download Windows (needed for a statistics program), and after a rather unfortunate fall on the floor, my MacBook does not start up. I have erased the windows section of the HD but can't remove the partition. When I attempt to repair disk in Disk Utility, it says it cannot repair it. My MacBook has therefore been laying dormant for the last 2 years, but I have always been convinced that there was something to be done. The questions are these: Can I put in a new SSD HD? What do I do if I cannot use a program like Superduper? Can I still save what is stored on the old HD? How would I do that? I'm a bit of a novice...

CSR - Ответить

Hi guys, just wanted to share some experience that some may find useful to some.

I bought the Samsung Evo SSD drive in order to boost up the speed of my mac, following the steps indicated here I was able to replace the drive fairly easy. I did't have the the screwdriver needed for the 4 screws and used a normal clippers(pliers) to unscrew and screw them to the new SSD. As I was about to make a new installation of OS on this drive, I was expecting it to get recognised as was my thumb drive, but sadly it was not. So I used a bit of help from youtube and found out that the drive needs to be formatted if used for a very first time. I did that via the disk utility on booting mode with my hard drive connected via USB.

Just wanted to share how happy I am from the fact that I repaired and upgraded my hardware using the ifixit instructions and tools, and along with that i want to encourage you guys to really put your hands on it - nothing to be afraid of, in the end you will be way more confident and it saves cash.

Kristiyan Dyankov - Ответить

I have a MBP 13" mid 2009. Orig hhd went bad unable to save. So I got the Samsung 850 evo 250gb ssd to replace it. Problem is that disk utility won't finish initializing the ssd. The error says can't write to last block of the device. Had you or anyone encountered this? tried with boot disks (original disk, el capitan, Yosemite) I'm going take out ssd and try formatting from another Mac.

harris32 -

Im doing the same. Can you give me some more detail on how to install the operating system on the brand new hard drive? Cheers.

82gray -

Like everyone else, updating my Mid-2009 Macbook Pro to Yosemite turned it into a "brick." Performance was so bad it was almost unusable. I purchased the recommended 1 TB SSD drive from iFixit and followed these instructions. I performed a clean install of Yosemite and restored from my Time Machine back-up. Everything worked perfectly. This upgrade, along with increasing RAM to 8 GB has given new life to my computer. Thank you iFixit!

jmerritt - Ответить

I upgraded my macbook pro 13" mid 2009:

replaced optical drive with 250GB SSD.

replaced 2x2GB RAM with 2x4GB.

replaced old battery..

Things work, except the fan never slows down and makes a lot of noise.

The fan start at full speed as soon as I click the power button, even before the screen lights up.

Please help.

Also the bluetooth and camera stopped working :(

avidgr8 - Ответить

There is likely accumulated dust so the fan is working hard to pull in air but can't with the dust in the way... Remove the fan and peel out any dust between the fan and the intake vent. I did this today and removed a strip of dust about 1/2 cm x 4 cm in size!! Now the fan is functioning as it did 8 years ago!

Amanda Mullen -

perché si avvitano le torx sul nuovo ssd?grazie

antonioprotopapa - Ответить

Just upgraded to Samsung Evo SSD 256gb works great just need to upgrade ram. Installed 2x4gb and the computer failed to turn on made a beeping noise reinstalled the old 2x1gb ram still works hoping was just an issue with size so I ordered 2x2gb ram will be installed before Christmas.

Louis Montore - Ответить

Oh man, ifixit makes me feel like I can do anything! Almost spent a whopping $300 to replace my hard drive at a local tech collective in Boston. Believe it or not, it was a dude from the Apple (I went there afterward to get a second opinion) who recommended I buy a new hard drive from Best Buy ( I got a SSD) and used ifixit to do the install. The repair guides are so stupidly easy to follow I'm considering opening up my own collective---right here on my couch, with free beer for all my costumers while they wait the whole 10 minutes it took me to replace this sucker. Poor old hard drive though, sorry I don't have the $400 to recover your data; the old rosy-cheeked pictures of me drunk in college are lost forever. Bye bye. Thanks contributors!

Rachel Freid - Ответить

Did you have any issues for formatting the new SSD? Can you tell me what SSD you bought? I'm trying to do the same!

Jenny -

Hi everyone. I installed everything the new SSD but after some days I have had an issue with the battery. It runs out of battery in 10 minutes, it never happens this with the old hard drive. Anyone has suffered the same issue? Any solution for this, please?

José López - Ответить

Does it have to be SSD or can it be HDD? Would these work, does it matter? http://www.seagate.com/gb/en/internal-ha...

Jonathan Farrell - Ответить

Hey guys-

Bought myself an older 2009 MacBook Pro without an HDD. Figured I can buy one from Ebay- I found a nice one with El Capitan" already installed... great!

Now, question:

When I phisically install the drive on the Mac, can I just power up and voila ...!!! Or do I need to do anything else?

Help please!


MANO Nogueira - Ответить

My MBP 13 inch, 2009 was working perfectly, just needed more space. I replaced my 160GB drive with a Toshiba 1TB and used this procedure. Everything worked perfectly! One thing I did first was to connect the new drive with an external chassis and initialized it. I then booted into Recovery mode “Control-R” and chose Restore from Diskutility, choosing my new drive as the Target. After about an hour, the new drive was ready. Then I restarted, ran Sys Prefs | Startup Disk and chose the new (External) drive as the boot disk and restarted again. This makes the new disk “Bootable”. Once complete, I ran Sys Prefs | Startup Disk again and selected the Internal drive. After another restart, I shut the system down and replaced the drive. It booted without any problems and my system is now the same with a bigger drive. I decided to mothball my old drive, just in case there is a problem with the new drive in the near future. Thank you for the tutorial!

Michael Faris - Ответить

how do I format the hard drive with no recovery disk?

Paul McKenna - Ответить

I would make this difficulty “easy”. other than the load of fiddly screws, there’s no real obstruction or tricky disconnection to be done.

cvdwl - Ответить

I just got this in the mail and installed it and now my macbook 2009 will boot up with the prohibitory sign. I followed all the steps listed here and my Macbook used to boot up fine before this. I don’t seem to understand what the problem is.

josematrix211 - Ответить

Big thanks to your useful instruction.

Ken Maverick - Ответить

Did a combination of the hard drive replacement cable, a hard drive swap to SSD, and battery swap. Super easy. Great instructions! Thank ya!

Aaron Dimatulac - Ответить

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