MacBook Pro 13" Retina Display Late 2012 SSD Tray Replacement

Replace the SSD tray in your MacBook Pro 13" Retina Display Late 2012.

Use this guide to replace the SSD tray.

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Edit Step 1 Lower Case  ¶ 

  • Remove the following ten screws securing the lower case to the upper case:

    • Two 2.3 mm Pentalobe screws

    • Eight 3.0 mm Pentalobe screws

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Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Wedge your fingers between the upper case and the lower case.

  • Gently pull the lower case case away from the upper case.

  • Remove the lower case and set it aside.

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Edit Step 3  ¶ 

  • The lower case is connected to the upper case at the center, with two plastic clips.

  • During reassembly, gently push down the center of the lower case to reattach the two plastic clips.

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Edit Step 4 Battery Connector  ¶ 

  • Remove the plastic cover adhered to the battery contact board.

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Edit Step 5  ¶ 

  • Remove the following screws securing the battery connector board to the logic board:

    • Two 2.8 mm T6 Torx screws

    • One 7.0 mm T7 Torx shouldered screw

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Edit Step 6  ¶ 

  • Use tweezers to remove the small plastic cover located near the bottom right of the battery connector board.

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Edit Step 7  ¶ 

  • Remove the wide head 6.4 mm T6 Torx screw securing the battery connector to the logic board assembly.

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Edit Step 8  ¶ 

  • Carefully lift the battery connector board up off the logic board.

  • It is recommended to bend the battery cables just slightly, to keep the board suspended up above the logic board and out of the way.

  • Do not fold the board completely over, or crease the cables, as this may damage the battery.

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Edit Step 9 Battery Contact Board  ¶ 

  • Grasp the battery contact board with tweezers.

  • Lift the battery contact board up off the logic board and remove it.

  • Removing this board will ensure that the battery remains disconnected throughout your repair, preventing your computer from accidentally powering on. It's also a good idea to take it out so it doesn't fall out unexpectedly.

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Edit Step 10 SSD Assembly  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the SSD cable connector up from its socket on the logic board.

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Edit Step 11  ¶ 

  • Use your thumb or finger to bend the plastic spring bar on the SSD tray, freeing the two clips at the front side of the device.

  • While holding the spring bar depressed, tilt the SSD assembly up out of its cavity.

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Edit Step 12  ¶ 

  • Remove the SSD assembly from the upper case.

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Edit Step 13  ¶ 

  • Remove the single 2.9 mm T5 Torx screw securing the SSD to the SSD tray.

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Edit Step 14  ¶ 

  • Insert the edge of plastic opening tool between the SSD and the SSD tray, opposite to the socket side of SSD tray.

  • Pry the side of the SSD opposite the SSD tray socket out of the SSD tray.

  • Only lift the SSD up far enough to grab the sides of it with your fingers. Lifting it any more may damage the card or socket.

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Edit Step 15  ¶ 

  • Carefully pull the SSD straight out of its socket on the SSD tray.

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Edit Step 16 SSD Tray  ¶ 

  • SSD tray remains.

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

For more information, check out the MacBook Pro 13" Retina Display Late 2012 device page.

Required Tools

Spudger

$2.95 · 50+ In stock

T6 Torx Screwdriver

$5.95 · 50+ In stock

T6 Torx Screwdriver

$4.95 · 50+ In stock

Tweezers

$6.95 · 50+ In stock

T7 Torx Screwdriver

$5.95 · 50+ In stock

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