Installing MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2012 Dual Hard Drive
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Use this guide to install a second hard drive in place of the optical drive.
- Author: Andrew Optimus Goldberg
- Difficulty: Moderate
There are many benefits to adding a second hard drive to your laptop such as improved speeds, greater storage space, and less heartache when installing new software. Use this guide to install one using our optical bay hard drive enclosure.
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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.
Carefully pull the camera cable out of its socket on the logic board.
Though not recommended by iFixit staff, some users opt to omit this step completely. For information on this, see the step comments.
Pull the cable parallel to the face of the logic board. Pulling it upward may damage the logic board or the cable itself.
Pull the optical drive cable away from the optical drive.
Be sure to pull on the connector, not the cable itself.
Remove the two black Phillips #0 screws securing the small metal mounting bracket. Transfer this bracket to your new optical drive or hard drive enclosure.
Make sure that the hard drive connectors are facing down before placing it into the enclosure.
Gently place the hard drive into the enclosure's hard drive slot.
While firmly holding the enclosure in place with one hand, use your other hard to press the hard drive into the enclosure connectors.