Installing MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Early 2011 Dual Hard Drive
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Use this guide to install a second hard drive in place of the optical drive.
- Author: Jake Devincenzi
- 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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- Lower Case 2 steps
- Battery Connector 2 steps
- Optical Drive 6 steps
- Optical Drive Cable 1 step
- Dual Hard Drive 6 steps
For certain repairs (e.g. hard drive), disconnecting the battery connector is not necessary but it prevents any accidental shorting of electronics on the motherboard. If you do not disconnect the battery connector, please be careful as parts of the motherboard might be electrified.
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.
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