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|MacBook Core 2 Duo|| |
|MacBook Pro 15" Core 2 Duo Models A1226 and A1260|| |
|MacBook Pro 17" Models A1151 A1212 A1229 and A1261|| |
November 15, 2013
I had ruined the keyboard by trying to clean it with a dampened cloth and Windex. I found out later to use only distilled water, and a minimum of that on a cloth, wrung-out as much as possible.
Since I had to go in to replace the keyboard [from Amazon], I also decided to max out the RAM to 6GB, using iFixit.com 4GB and 2GB chips [2 bays] and install a 128GB Samsung SSD [also from Amazon] in place of the 160GB hard drive to help improve speed.
Following the iFixIt.com guide, everything was straightforward except the HD hookup and initialization. No instructions with iFixIt.com Universal Drive Adapter kit, but looking at connectors I was able to figure out how the kit itself went together and how to hook up ESATA SSD power and USB connections.
After hookup to the kit, I partitioned the SSD with Disk Utility, cloned my old drive with Carbon Copy Cloner via USB 2.0 to the new SSD drive and booted from the new SSD before I installed it inside the case.
Mechanical part of repair was relatively easy, except for handling those tiny #00 Phillips screws.
1) Use a clean, uncluttered work table, with area for all removed parts - label everything as it comes out.
2) When installing a new drive, use Disk Utility to partition it first, even if you're only going to have 1 partition - otherwise the drive won't be recognized by the Mac OS X.
3) Have a pencil magnet [for those tiny steel screws] and make labeled sandwich bags for each step in the iFixIt.com sequence.
4) When replacing the upper case/keyboard, some of the screw tab holes may not line up perfectly, but you can use an awl or similar to align tabs with holes so the screws can go in.
5) If you're replacing a part with x number of screw holes, don't tighten them all completely until they are all installed and threading in. Then tighten from the center of an area outward, symmetrically, in steps, to spread the compression equally.
November 7, 2013
Slow performance in my MacBook 13'' Early 2009. Run out of disk space.
Smooth. Simple. Upgrading memory and Hard Drive are among the easiest task you can do in this MacBook model.
Before taking out the Hard Drive, I repaired permissions. I used the rubber case included in the kit to be able to use the old HD as external backup, then I restored data from old HD to new Flash Drive using Mavericks and recovery utility included in the OS.
March 20, 2013
The old hard drive was absolutely filled - No place for change of Mac OS X Version
The repair went very well - Did not use any Disk Cloning tools Just Disk Utilities and Time Machine
Just format your new drive with Mac OS X Disk Utilities as a Bootable Partition - Do a restore from Time Machine to Your New Drive - Test it as You Boot Your new drive from a USB or Firewire atachment - If it is going well - Swap Your Physical Drives
February 26, 2013
Need for speed
Be careful with magnetized screws. Memory installation very simple, though it appears that speed may be slightly higher with the 4Gb chip in the lower bay. Instructions for installing hard drive enclosure excellent. Replacing 1Tb primary drive into optical bay enclosure, put an SSD into old primary space. DVD drive into external enclosure. System and application installation ongoing now.
December 10, 2012
I recently purchased my very first Mac product, a Macbook Pro Duo Core in perfect condition. It came with just 2gigs of RAM, so I ordered 6gigs of RAM from iFixit.
It was painless. I had no problem installing the RAM and the machine now runs much better.
iFixit rocks. Plain and simple. The ordering process was smooth, the product shipped quickly and arrived perfectly packaged. Keep up the good work guy & gals! Looks like I'll be needing a battery soon and guess who I will buy it from!
August 30, 2012
My new iMac 27" and 2008-early 13" MacBook weren't slow, but I knew they could be faster w/ triple the memory. My wife uses the MB a lot to work remotely, and I was shocked how much faster she could get more of her work done with the add'l RAM
A-Okay--no problems whatsoever!
August 1, 2012
The only software issue was the Adobe CS5 which doesn't reinstall with code.
I deactivated the software, put in the new HD, Time Machine did it thing for 3 hrs, and the internet automatically activated Adobe CS5.
Have some epoxy around for those 3 fragile brackets in the battery area.
April 16, 2012
As a developer and a photographer, I have been struggling for a while with the limitations of a four year old laptop compared to requirements of working with today's technology. I had the Apple max RAM of 4GB installed, and had already upgraded the original 250GB HD to 500GB a couple years ago. Still, I was looking at a new MacBook Pro in order to have enough resources for today's photo processing software and development tools.
Armed with a new 4GB RAM chip and a new 750GB hard drive, I spent most of a weekend breathing new life into my reliable but aging 2008 MacBook Pro.
The RAM upgrade was dead simple. Just pop out one of the 2GB chips and insert the new 4GB chip and you are done. The iFixit guide is clear and makes a basic process even easier. This took only a few minutes. Button things up, power the system on and - bam - 50% more RAM.
The most time consuming part of the hard drive replacement is duplicating the current drive. I mounted the new drive in an external USB enclosure I already had on hand (about $40 from Amazon, if I remember correctly) in order to copy the entire contents of my current drive to the new one. Carbon Copy Cloner is great for this, although there are other tools as well. Be sure to format the new drive with a GUID partition type and copy all the files to make the external drive bootable.
When the drive finishes copying, test it out by rebooting and holding down the Option key to select the external drive as the boot drive. Verify everything is there.
After verifying the new drive contains all your data, iFixit hard drive replacement guide enables anyone that can use a screwdriver to open up the case and swap the hard drives.
After the drive swap and memory upgrade, it was time to upgrade to Lion (OS X 10.7), and then the inevitable chasing down of software build tool dependencies, but that's another story.
The new system I want is always around $3k, which is not exactly pocket change these days. For a few hundred bucks I was able to extend the useful life of the last $3k I spent on my 2008 MacBook Pro. I've still got my eye on a new MacBook Pro, but for now I have "sharpened my saw" enough to efficiently continue cutting through my daily work load.
Don't be intimidated by technology or spend money on a new system if you don't really need one. Use the iFixit guides to get the most out of your current hardware.
April 9, 2012
My MBP is 5 years old now and the 200GB drive that came with it just wasn't big enough anymore. The 750GB 7200RPM drive upgrade kit was jsut what I needed to extend the life of my machine. I also boosted the memory from 4GB to 6GB.
Very well. I printed the guide and used it to store the various screws by each step as I went along. Everything went smooth. I had backed up my machine with Time Machine to our Time Capsule and the restore went without a hitch. I have not over 500GB of free space where I was struggling to keep 20-30GB of space before.
If you are worried about doing surgery like this on your machine then review the guide and go for it! I was and it went great. The guide is clear and the tools that iFixit provides with the kit are just what you need to get the job done.