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Use this guide to replace a dead hard drive.

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Remove the following ten screws:
  • Remove the following ten screws:

    • Three 14.4 mm Phillips #00 screws

    • Three 3.5 mm Phillips #00 screws

    • Four 3.5 mm shouldered Phillips #00 screws

Does void the warranty?

jfondeur - Yanıt

No, it does not void the warranty. More specifically: http://eshop.macsales.com/Search/display...

oakdragon12 - Yanıt

How much weight can I save by removing the optical drive?

gunes314 - Yanıt

You can save a lot of weight if lets say your installing a solid state drive or putting in a second hard drive but if you know that you use the CD/DVD disc drive a lot then you might just want to leave the drive alone.

Marshall WahlstromHelgren -

Also wondering how much weight I'd save by just removing. My drive is broken for ages, but I have not needed it in ages. The HD was already replaced by a cheap SSD (second best thing after upgrading to 8GB), so I'd appreciate losing some weight. I mean, the computer. Although I could lose some too... erm... well, anyway, I guess the lack of the DVD would not interfere with anything, right? Opinions?

Carlos Duarte do Nascimento - Yanıt

Apple has meticulously balanced the MacBook's weight from left to right, and removing the optical drive may off-balance the Mac.

Seji the veggie -

What so you think that a removing the optical drive which weighs less than a AA battery will unbalance a MBP making it unusable? LOL!

Unless you use the MBP on a high wire (an even then I have my doubts) you'd never notice the weight difference.

pmhparis -

The issue is not one of weight but an issue with the systems cooling and an opening which objects could enter. For a few grams of weight I don’t think its worth it! A better solution would be to swap out the heaver HD for a much lighter SSD, and getting all of the performance benefits of the faster drive as well!

While you might not think it the optical drive also acts as a stiffener so there is less twist in the case. This is because of the size of the hole for the DVD/CD’s so taking it out weakens the case design.

Dan -

I'm thinking you'd probably be OK losing the DVD drive without a problem. Just make sure the optical drive cable is secured or you might hear it rattling in there from time-to-time.

John Adam Wickliffe - Yanıt

Hey guys,

this website is amazing. I read it to guide me on fixing my mac book pro, but on the video, the girl gives a wrong information.. She says that is not possible replace just the keyboard... But I managed to replace only my keyboard. It is boring because I have to remove approximately 70 screws but it is possible. Thanks a lot! You guys helped me save about US$300 thats because in Brazil some technicians would charge me with that amount!

I posted some pictures on your facebook page..

renatumb - Yanıt

Tip: Use one of those weekday pill holders to have a cheep way to store screws you remove and each day of the week can be for different sizes or parts. It has been handy to have (much less expensive than the magnetic mat.

Robert Wacker - Yanıt

Great tutorial. I found that using a Phillips #0 in lieu of the #00 worked much better.

kschmesk - Yanıt

I tried the PH #00 for the 10 screws that hold the bottom case and it's too big, instead PH #000 works perfectly. Are you sure this screws are #00?

Alex - Yanıt

The likely problem with your wifi is not the card but the antenna leads that go into the plastic clutch

. Ifixit don't have a guide to change this as it it includes the isight camera so the screen has to be disassembled which is fairly hard

I got round it by using the camera cable from the old set and cutting off the new one

brian whittle - Yanıt

Hello MacWorld,

Just want to say that this site is a great resource for repairing or upgrading your Mac. I had a bad SATA cable in my MacBook Pro and after ordering a new one from the "IFIXIT" site I received the cable within two days, replaced it and was up and running again in no time. Thanks IFIXIT for you help!

wer 10/5/15

tayseer999 - Yanıt

I have found that my MacBook Pro 13 Late 2011 has five shouldered screws and not four. I am not sure exactly where it goes but I have put it in the top left corner of the picture as it is the odd one out.

GotMac - Yanıt

Hello, where can I buy the screws I need in case I lose one of them?

taylornya - Yanıt

on my device the #00 screwdriver was a bit too small. a #0 was the perfect one

Maximilian Klotz - Yanıt

I found with mine that the shouldered and un-shouldered screws were reversed (the three un-shouldered screws going where the orange colour indicates). Also, I found that the front four screws went in at an angle.

gilded yak - Yanıt

Are you sure the short screws are different? The set sold here just says “Seven 3 mm Phillips #00 screws.”

Jack - Yanıt

I have the same question. What is the difference between shouldered and not? So hard to see any difference…

Michael Wilkens -

I have one stripped screw... How opening without drill it?! Any suggestions please?

rodrigosady - Yanıt

I also stripped a couple screws. I wasn’t able to open it up without drilling. After drilling the heads and removing the cover it was easy to hacksaw the tip and unscrew with a standard driver.

Michael Wilkens -

I used 3 eggcups to hold the screws ;>) They are very fiddly and easy to drop on floor so keep the MacBook away from the edge of the surface you are using to avoid accidentally dropping a screw off the edge of a table, etc.

Stephen Smith - Yanıt

A screw does not come out, how can I get it out? Many thanks in advance for your help

Wilder Torres - Yanıt

Since you’ll be removing many screws it’s best to plan ahead. I found it especially helpful to have a small plastic tray with about a dozen separate compartments to hold screws. As I removed screws I kept them in one compartment for each item removed. For example: The lower case removal involves the removal of ten screws. I kept them all in the first tray compartment and set the lid aside. Also, I put a post-it note identifying this compartment as “Lower case” and noted that the top right-most screws were the long ones. I continued with this methodology as a removed the next item, and the next, etc. Disassembly notes included for each compartment. This helped SIGNIFICANTLY as I was able to reassemble the Macbook easily by simply going from one compartment to the next (in reverse order). This guide is rated “Difficult” which it really isn’t when you plan ahead in this way. It saves time in the long run.

airshack - Yanıt

when putting the macbook pro back together, the middle screw on the right side (if the computer is upside down and you have the hinge furthest away from you) requires a bracket that was not included with my new upper case. i had to remove it from my old case and transfer it over - if you don’t do this, that screw will have nothing to attach to.

this was one of the many additional parts i needed to transfer from my old case to the new one that aren’t mentioned in this guide…i’m adding comments on each step to try to help others…i wish i had thought to take pictures.

Matt - Yanıt

It seems to me the yellow and orange screws are the same

Luca Giancarli - Yanıt

The screws used on all Retina models, as well as about everything Apple has made since the iPhone 4, uses “PENTALOBULAR” not Phillips screws. These look like a TORX driver, but it has 5 concave sides. I believe the size you want is a P4 or T4. (1.2mm).

Don Cely - Yanıt

Two screw types:

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Shouldered Unshouldered

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..xxxxx……..….…….x…….

…..x……..…...……….x…….

…..x…………....……..x…….

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El Crashitan - Yanıt

If you are following this guide to upgrade to a better drive and want to keep your system and data intact I highly recommend first following the guide to Clone an Existing Drive using the recommended free SuperDuper!. That process was a breeze and gives you confidence that the new drive will come up looking exactly the way it did when you started.

Patrick Langvardt - Yanıt

Use your fingers to pry the lower case away from the body of the MacBook near the vent.
  • Use your fingers to pry the lower case away from the body of the MacBook near the vent.

  • Remove the lower case.

If the black vent window that is attached to the back cover becomes loose what kind of glue should be used to attach it again, thermal paste or super glue?

Thanks for your help.

Mikell - Yanıt

bonjour cette truc ça marche au mac Brook pro Retina ou pas?

Shi Feng - Yanıt

Bonjour, alors cela va dépendre du modèle de MacBook Pro Retina concerné. Par exemple, si vous avez un 13 pouces, allez consulter cette page MacBook Pro 13" Retina Display Repair et sélectionnez-y votre modèle. Les Retina 15 pouces se trouvent ici MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Repair. Sinon cet outil https://fr.ifixit.com/info/ID-your-Mac (pour l’instant seulement disponible en anglais) vous aide à identifier quel modèle vous avez et vous redirige vers la page de votre appareil, où vous trouverez le tutoriel correspondant à votre Retina. Bonne réparation !

Claire Rapp -

Merhaba, trackpad değişimi ve ayarlaması için tornavidaya ihtiyacım var, bu konuda yardımcı olabilir misiniz acaba? Ne tür bir tornavidaya ihtiyacım var ve nereden bulabilirim acaba?

Volkan Ogul - Yanıt

  • Use the edge of a spudger to pry the battery connector upwards from its socket on the logic board.

  • It is useful to pry upward on both short sides of the connector to "walk" it out of its socket. Be careful with the corners of the connectors, they can be easily broken off.

Is this step of removing the battery connector required?

manodh - Yanıt

yes - as with disassembly of any electronic component you have to remove any power source. You don't want to accidentally turn the Mac on

khull -

Sooo the track pad is under the battery...you kind of have to remove it to get to the track pad.

stiknrudder -

This step is not really required. Apple does not recommend it.

Steven Layton - Yanıt

My Battery does not get recognized after i disconnected it, screw this site!

Diego Hernandes -

Did you properly ground yourself to the case before putting the spudger to the connector/logic board? Did you use a spudger or something else that is non conductive...or did you use a flat blade metal screw driver instead and compound your error by not grounding yourself before touching the logic board? All kinds of variables here but the bottom line is iFixit provided you a guide to fix your computer. Lots of others have followed this guide without trouble. Your battery issues are not their fault. They did say this guide was moderate difficulty...maybe it's just a little beyond your skill level. We should all know our limits!

stiknrudder -

Rather than be careful of the corners of the connector i would say don't use the spudger anywhere near the corners. While the corner looks like the obvious place to begin to pry it up from, it will break. Levering from the sides as the instructions suggest works well.

ausmkv - Yanıt

wonder why apple does not recommend it?!

Peter - Yanıt

I would recommend it, one careless short and the whole board is dead......

John - Yanıt

simply remove the battery rather than disconnecting the cable

toiu - Yanıt

What do you mean by "remove the battery"?

Anrothan -

Don't know what the deal is with the battery, but this IS a necessary step to keep from frying the logic Board if you accidentally touch something and short it out. I did this step every time during my troubleshooting and The battery was ALWAYS recognized by the system the next time I turned the MBP on. So be safe and don't fry your logic board in the process...

fasthans - Yanıt

Prying the battery connector off does not take much force. I did exactly what the guide suggested (walked it off back and forth) with the spudger without any problems. Just be very gentle, much like with anything inside laptops, they are very fragile and need to be worked with carefully. A+ instructions, battery replacement was a success.

aekinaka - Yanıt

Installed/upgraded 4gb RAM to the system maximum 16gb and installed a 500 gb SSD today....DID NOT disconnect the battery cable....no issues at all when I powered back up. Then did a clean install of OSX Yosemite....next I used a time machine backup to put all my stuff back on the new HD. From start to finish it took about 4 hours. Macbook boots up right at 16 seconds now.

MacProUser - Yanıt

Easiest to use two spudgers, one on each short end, I found.

Simon Mundy - Yanıt

I took off th Airport /Bluetooth connectors but the number J3 connector is broken and so where can i buy J3 connecter for the Airport/bluetooth board

Zeerachen - Yanıt

Its a lot easier and safer (corner wise) to pry it using the flat side of the black spudger directly in front of the connector (don't go/use the corners) very easily you will be able to pry it further by inserting the spudger into a better and thicker plastic section of the connector

Ed Oliver - Yanıt

DON'T remove the Battery Cable, you risk the battery NOT being recognised when you start the Mac up again, or breaking it!! More to the point, APPLE DOES NOT RECOMMEND THIS, so don't do it! I Installed 2x 8GB ( 16Gb total) of Crucial Mac RAM at 1333Mhz for my Late 2011 MacBook Pro, and it works beautifully, fully recognised and working well. I followed these instructions, but as Apple didnt recommend disconnecting the battery, I skipped this step, and as well as taking less time, nothing was damaged or broken, and everything works perfectly!!! Just make sure that you DISCHARGE ALL STATIC ELECTRICITY FROM YOUR HANDS, by touching a metal surface in the Mac. Apple recommends the edge of the Optical Disk Drive ( Big silver thing ) before touching any parts. Also, Take care removing the RAM out of its packet, DO NOT touch the Gold connectors, and hold the RAM by the edges. Finally, be PATIENT, GENTLE and it should all go perfectly. I managed it first time, with no technical ability, so follow my advice. Good luck!

Bradley Marks - Yanıt

Followed the tuto Step by step. Disconnected the battery (quite easily).

No problem when I lit the Mac on again. Battery's here, date's right.

nichoferr - Yanıt

Switch off your Mac and continue without disconnecting the battery. Don't know how it will switch on by itself.

Mfernandez - Yanıt

This comment made me think that disconnecting the battery was no point at all, because really - how would the computer be able to switch on by it self. So... I had my mac flipped around and was fiddling with the last part of the guide when I all of a sudden hear the start up sound! Don't know how and why it did. I turned it around with it guts open and guts hanging out. Screen was on. I forced it to shut down by keeping the power button down. Turned it back and first thing removed the battery cord.

Luckily the computer started up just like normal. But hearing that sound was just too scary.

BTW I had been cautious to de static myself multiple times.

wassberg -

Definitely do this step. It's an easy disconnect anyway and also easy to reconnect later.

Stephen Smith - Yanıt

I removed the battery cable for the repair. When I plugged in the MagSafe adapter after the repair, the Mac turned on automatically without pressing the power button and I was a bit worried, but after a restart everything worked fine again. I did have to reset date and time in Preferences. The battery was recognized OK.

Raymond Rinaldi - Yanıt

Okey, I skipped this battery disconnection part. Did not do anything like this before in my life, changing the cable was super easy!

Marijke de Vries - Yanıt

The official Apple guide to replacing the RAM says nothing about disconnecting the battery but it does recommend touching metal inside to discharge static. https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201165

B T - Yanıt

I always do this when working on MacBooks (over ten years) and it never caused an issue. Don’t worry about this step as removal of the battery connector is simple. This particular connector is pretty much goof-proof as it won’t break. I’m fairly aggressive and just pop it off whenever I’m working on the Macbook Pro.

airshack - Yanıt

Hello!

Do I really need to use a spudger tool? Can’t I just use like two plectrums for guitar? xD

Myzcio - Yanıt

  • Bend the battery cable slightly away from its socket on the logic board so it does not accidentally connect itself while you work.

What are the changes of it broke when i bend it?, after i disconect it does not work anymore

Diego Hernandes - Yanıt

The guide worked perfectly, as it has in the past (our family has three Mid-2012 Macbook Pros that have been separately upgraded with RAM and SSD).

The PH00 screwdriver fit perfectly.

One note on getting the screws to seat easily and thread perfectly...always turn them gently a couple turns to the left (CCW or Anti-Clockwise) until you hear a small click. That's where the threads will grab. Works with any screw, but when threads are fine, this will help ensure that the screw is at the correct angle and will grab and seat perfectly.

Great guides. Thanks!

timgunkel - Yanıt

Got RAM in but only one slot is working and now I can't remove! The RAM won't pop up like before and tabs don't seem to do anything. Please advise.

Sal Ergrapes - Yanıt

I put some tape between the connector and socket while working on the drive.

Stephen Smith - Yanıt

That's a good tip

Anrothan -

Followed the advice and right as I was installing the replacement fan , the socket broke right off the motherboard.

Ian Thal - Yanıt

One other note: The screw heads fit flush with the curvature of the case -- which means that they aren't exactly horizontal. In other words, they aren't perpendicular to the table that the computer is resting on. Don't try to force them straight in vertically, because you'll risk cross-threading them. (nearly ruined one screw hole myself!)

lelandjordon - Yanıt

does the battery connection need to be removed? I only ask as other videos etc have not shown this step.

Darren Rose - Yanıt

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

  • These screws will remain attached to the hard drive bracket.

These were Philips #0 screws in my computer.

Church Tucker - Yanıt

  • Remove the hard drive bracket.

  • The hard drive bracket may be firmly seated against the upper case.

Don't miss this step: I almost did and of course couldn't get the disk out until I looked at the video !

francistasset - Yanıt

  • Use the attached pull tab to lift the hard drive out of the upper case.

  • Don't try to completely remove the hard drive just yet. It is still attached to the hard drive cable.

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  • Pull the hard drive cable away from the body of the hard drive.

  • Remove the hard drive.

The hard drive cable is a recalled part on these machines. You may need to replace it before your drive will be read correctly. The Apple Store will replace your cable for free if it's problematic.

Eric March - Yanıt

  • Remove the four 6.0 mm T6 Torx hard drive retaining posts from the sides of the hard drive.

  • Transfer the hard drive retaining posts to your new hard drive.

  • If desired, transfer the pull tab over to your new hard drive.

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

  • If you upgraded your EFI Firmware ROM you can also perform an internet recovery.

T5, not T6 on mine.

pilzn - Yanıt

Reinserting the tiny screws was a pain, until I discovered this: initially turn them counterclockwise, till the threads 'agree' and the screw drops down into it's threded slot. Then go clockwise and they seat properly.

Dave - Yanıt

The paint on the screw threads makes it a little finicky to get them to 'find' the threading in their matching holes.

Bad words were said, but job complete.

Dave - Yanıt

T6 were just too small to fit the screws of the retaining post, and T8 was just too big. I suspect a T7 will fit. I will get a T7 screwdriver and report back.

Beware other users: T6 as the guide suggests may not be the correct choice for all.

fludiumvatn - Yanıt

I tries every T there is and eventually got a grip. But they just won't turnê. I evento tries using pliers but the screws stay unmovabble.

Julio Lobato - Yanıt

If replacing the hard drive with a 7mm SSD, is a spacer required? This guide from Crucial suggests it is, but there's no mention of it here.

http://guides.crucial.com/Guide/MacBook+...

Just wondering if people are managing without the spacer.

Jeff Smith - Yanıt

I had the spacer and used it, and all seems fine. I put in a Crucial MX500.

Steve Jones -

T6 perfect for me today.

Stephen Smith - Yanıt

The screws came out easily for me, but I was not able to remove retaining posts from the old HD, so I just installed the new SSD without them.

Koen van der Drift - Yanıt

I just replaced the original hard drive on my mid 2012 MBP with a Crucial SSD from iFixit and am amazed at the new zip this has giving it! I first upgraded the RAM from 8 to 16 GB and that helped the speed but nothing like this new SSD, I found everything in this guide to be accurate for my computer. I did take the course of first cloning my original drive onto the SSD using the recommended SuperDuper! software, following the guide for that, and highly recommend taking that route.

Patrick Langvardt - Yanıt

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You saved me $150 by helping me replace my hard drive on my own! Thank you!!! I know where to turn when my mac acts up now!!

Jennie - Yanıt

In case you need to install/reinstall your OS, the new MBPs no longer come with an install disc. To install your OS you will need to hold down CMD + R while booting up until it chimes. It will then walk you through the process.

Lynzi - Yanıt

After holding command + R during start up I ran into a problem using Time Machine trying to restore all the files in my system. Apparently the Samsung solid state SSD 859 EVO drive I put in first needs to be formatted before Time Machine can even recognize it! No error message appeared, but no destination disk could be located. Apparently that's what happens with an unformatted hard drive. The solution is to select Disk Utilities in the first window seen after pressing command +R. Then In the left sidebar I could see all the drives including the external hard drive with my Time Machine back up and also the Samsung solid state hard drive I installed. With the newly installed hard drive selected, use the default erase and re-formating options and click on ERASE (this will also format the erased drive). This operation was very quick. I then returned to Time Machine and voila, the hard drive was locatable as a destination disk.

Martin Kluger -

To the people that this still doesn’t work, try pressing cmd+alt+R, after connecting to WiFi go to Disk Utilities, format the new hard drive, and then you can proceed to restore or clean install iOS.

Felipe Mail-no-principal -

I needed to install the OS X in the new HD using a USB (manual in applesfera), then I was surprised when after do all this guide I see a message "Can't verified the copy...." I fixed reinstalling my old HD, and run the old OS, changed the date and time, I change again the HD, but (this is the important) don't pull off the battery connector. If you disconnect the battery, the system lost the date and time and yo can't install the OS X with and USB. I don't test the cmd + R option.

Agustin Jimenez Fernandez - Yanıt

Awesome guide. Very easy to follow. Took me less than 10 minutes to do the whole thing.

Roberto - Yanıt

Hi, I just replaced the original 750 gb hard drive on my machine that was having some problems. I replaced it with a 1tb hdd pluss ssd combo thing from seagate. When i booted and held down the option key the drive wasn't recognized at all. Any help would be greatly appreciated

erik35angeli - Yanıt

I have tried 8 hard disks but none of them worked... Some of them can't be detected at all while some cannot pass through initialization process... Mac has got compatibility issues.

uniashish -

I had the exact same problem. I used Carbon Copy Cloner to copy my old drive to the 1TB Hybrid drive. I put it in and it wouldn't boot. I ended up taking it into the Apple Store and they determined that the cord connecting the drive to the motherboard was faulty. This is a recalled part so they fixed it for free. Once the cable was replaced it started up without a hitch.

Eric March -

What are some solutions if restored the computer before replacing the hard drive? How will I be able to install Os X Mavericks then?

milushik411 - Yanıt

Hello,

Do you know if the unibody macbooks (Specifically the mid-2012 13") can hold up the new 2TB HDDs? I would like to upgrade mine but I am little bit skeptical.

Frankiescou SC - Yanıt

Great guide that worked fine... however to actually get the computer going with a new drive (the old one was dying so I decided not to clone it) I had to do the following

1. Create OSX installer on a usb thumb drive

2. install the new drive (following this guide)

3. Start up with thumb drive inserted

4. Format the new drive using disk utilities (the disk is not recognised until you do this)

5. Reset the date using terminal (until I did this the installer would not work)

6. Install the new OS

jeremyyoung - Yanıt

Hi! I am having this same issue...could you provide me with more detailed steps as to how to do this. No worries if not. Thanks!

amandalee4443 -

How can I format to macintosh journaled if my ssd wasn't detected on the disk utility ? Well I double checked I followed this tutorial but somehow my ssd wasn't in the disk utility. I used corsair neutron xt 240GB. Any advise perhaps ?

Aryo Prakarsa -

Use diskutil in Terminal if it doesn’t show in Disk Util! That’s what I had to do.

Jonatan Liljedahl -

Jeremy is right - when installing from a USB drive, boot the the usb, launch terminal, and run “ntpdate -u time.apple.com”. You should be able to install macOS at this point.

Kevin Vellanoweth -

What's the largest size SSD I can fit in the optical bay? Mid '12 macbook pro model.

bkslynger - Yanıt

What kind of Hard Drive can I replace? Normal one with 2.5 inches and 7mm for general laptop can be replace?

Thanks!

cheanakhim - Yanıt

Thanks for the guide. I am stuck on unscrewing the torx screw. I have a T6 screwdriver but i cannot remove them i don't know why. Any help with this issue guys? Thanks :-)

uzapuca - Yanıt

I am stuck at unscrewing the Torx screws. I have a T6 screwdriver but is not right. Any help with this issue? Thanks! :-)

uzapuca - Yanıt

When upgrading to SSD, I don't see anything here about the TRIM setting.

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/installing-s...

The Mac won't enable TRIM automatically. You need this if you want your SSD to last. It makes it work more efficiently.

In fact, this tip should be on every iFixIt instruction page for all Macs HDD upgrade pages. Not just this one.

rondlarson - Yanıt

I wanted to add that Apple has added a new command named TrimForce in Yosemite+ that forces on TRIM in third party SSD.

http://osxdaily.com/2015/10/29/use-trimf...

rondlarson - Yanıt

Does it seem reasonable to back up the entire hard drive to another hard drive via Time Machine,

and then replacing the original drive with the one containing the back up?

Anrothan - Yanıt

Does a 12.5mm 1TB HDD work?

Aakaash Jois - Yanıt

well thought out instructions with just the right amount of video. My only complaint is it would be nice to have the option to follow for example, the 3 most common scenarios for your readers to finish the installation. User 1, replacing old hard drive with new solid state drive and backup new solid state drive with the old hard drive using time machine. User 2, "replacing old.....new solid state drive and only want some of the data and backing up via direct connection to the old hard drive using blah blah blah. User 3, replacing old hard drive with SSD that already has been formatted and has the desired data and software on it. etc. If you all developed and A to B complete instructions with a drop down menu. You would raise the bar on DIY online. A) option 1 - have 2012 MacBook with the original 'Scorpio Blue' hard drive and I want to install a B) solid state drive and copy all of my data...option 2) just get a bland SSD drive installed for selling..etc. You all prob. have 60% options covered.

George Elliott Maier - Yanıt

Thank you for the guide- unfortunately I am still getting a flashing question mark icon with the new drive? Is that more likely the HD cable in that case? Is there any other way to check/troubleshoot?

younjust - Yanıt

Guide was spot on. As noted above, the TRIM feature associated with SSDs is not implemented automatically under iOS. Easy enough to start and recommended.

Cy Birr - Yanıt

How the heck is this “moderate” difficulty? This is just about as easy as it gets. Remove screws, remove back panel, remove hard drive. The only way it gets easier than this is when there’s a single isolated panel that exposes the drive.

Tom Sova - Yanıt

One problem I ran into - I could not install macOS from a Bootable USB. It indicated the installer was damaged. After re-creating the boot disk several time, re-downloading High Sierra, and confirming it works on other Macs, I found an apple discussion that suggested setting the time via terminal command before installing Mac OS from USB. The terminal command: ntpdate -u time.apple.com

This likely stems from unplugging the battery and the internal clock being reset.

After doing this, I was able to install macOS on the new SSD - hope it helps!

Kevin Vellanoweth - Yanıt

For anyone reading about time-related problems in these comments, I have a thought before you begin following this guide: you don’t need to disconnect the battery.

I have done 2.5” hard drive replacements like this on 13” and 15” MBPs dozens of times and never once disconnected the battery for this simple operation. I always use an anti-static mat to work on and am very careful about static electricity; but overall I would say for these types of Macs where the HD is such an easy swap, there is demonstrably no need to disconnect the battery, at least in my experience.

Glad you were able to figure out the Terminal time reset, Kevin.

drmacnut -

I have model A1278. I purchase the 1 TB SSD Hybrid 2.5" Hard Drive. I am not able to erase, format or partition the drive. Any suggestions?

Kevin Battreall - Yanıt

I follow the instructions above and my macbook pro 13 2012 battery now shows the “X” no battery available. Anyone with a similar problem? How do I solve this?

Joao - Yanıt

reconnect the battery cable

Thomas -

Saved us from having to buy a new computer to replace my GF’s aging MBP. Easy peasy, and it’s super zippy now. Thanks!

eigenhombre - Yanıt

Can I install a hard drive larger than 1T?  say 2T?  or are they not made for this computer

lattimerbuilders - Yanıt

I replaced RAM and added a modest 128gb SSD and so far everything is working great. Install was very simple, although I found that a couple of Torx screws on the old HDD were missing. This seemed to have no effect on anything, the drive seated properly in its bay. I suspect this may have been a second hard drive as the pull tab was also missing. This machine was purchased used to allow upgrade to Mojave, my 2011 MBA will be orphaned under the new system coming up.

Steve - Yanıt

I replaced my 500GB HDD with an SSD of the same size, using the iFixit instructions and videos. It was very easy and fast to do. Love iFixit.

MelG - Yanıt

you dont need to remive the battery. just plain unscrew the disk… please update.

thomas

Thomas - Yanıt

Useful tutorial, this one is not even moderate… it's easy :)

Just replace the HDD with a SSD and you revive your long dead laptop :)

Saves you a few years :D

Luís Caldeira - Yanıt

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