MacBook Air Models A1237 and A1304 Hard Drive Replacement
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Replace the hard drive in your MacBook Air Models A1237 and A1304.
- Author: Walter Galan
- Difficulty: Moderate
Replacing your hard drive is easy! Also, you can upgrade to a higher capacity drive for more storage space.
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Disconnect the port hatch ribbon cable from the logic board by pulling it straight up by its black pull tab.
Pull the audio out ribbon cable off the adhesive securing it to the upper case.
Use a spudger to pry the audio out ribbon cable connector board off the hard drive bracket.
The two different versions of MacBook Air have different hard drive connectors. Failure to perform the action appropriate to your machine will damage your hard drive! Be very careful when disconnecting the hard drive cable. The ZIF connectors are fragile.
If you have the original MacBook Air (A1237), use a spudger or your thumbs to flip up the ribbon cable retaining flap TOWARD the cable (seen in picture 1).
If you have the A1304 version of MacBook Air, use a spudger or your thumbs to flip up the ribbon cable retaining flap AWAY from the cable (seen in picture 2).
Pull the hard drive cable straight away from its socket.
If you are installing a new hard drive, we have an OS X install guide to get you up and running.
If you need to, transfer the foam from your current hard drive to the new one. The foam does come off by using a spudger and some patience.
The two primary options for reading CDs and DVDs on a MacBook Air are to either purchase an external SuperDrive or to use an Apple feature called Remote Disc. Remote Disc allows the optical drive of a nearby Mac to be borrowed for use in mounting discs on the MacBook Air.