Installing MacBook Pro 17" Unibody 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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- Lower Case 2 steps
- Battery 1 step
- Optical Drive 9 steps
- Optical Drive 3 steps
- Dual Hard Drive 6 steps
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- Unibody Laptop Dual Drive
Whenever working near the logic board, it is always wise to first disconnect the battery to avoid short circuits.
If present, grab the plastic tab attached to the battery connector and pull it toward the front edge of the device.
If the plastic tab is missing, use a spudger to pry the connector up from its socket.
Pull the tab parallel to the face of the logic board.
Before disconnecting the camera cable, a small plastic retainer stuck to the logic board must first be moved out of the way.
Use the tip of a spudger to push the small plastic cable retainer away from the camera cable socket for enough clearance to remove the camera cable.
Grab the optical drive cable by its connector and pull it away from the body of the hard drive.
Pulling on anything but the connector may damage the optical drive cable.
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.