MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Mid 2012 SSD Replacement

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This guide has been found to be exceptionally cool by the iFixit staff.

Replace the SSD in your MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Mid 2012.

Time for a storage upgrade? Possibly your SSD has become tired in its old age? Use this guide to replace the SSD.

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Edit Step 1 Lower Case  ¶ 

  • Remove the following pentalobe screws securing the lower case to the MacBook Pro with Retina display.

    • Eight 3.0 mm

    • Two 2.3 mm

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Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Lifting from the edge nearest the clutch cover, lift the lower case off the MacBook Pro.

  • Set the lower case aside.

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Edit Step 3 Battery Connector  ¶ 

  • Peel back the warning label covering the battery connector.

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Edit Step 4  ¶ 

  • Using the flat end of a spudger, gently pry the battery connector straight up out of its socket on the logic board.

  • Bend the battery cables back and out of the way, ensuring that the battery connector doesn't accidentally make contact with the logic board.

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Edit Step 5 SSD  ¶ 

  • Remove the single 3.1 mm T5 Torx screw securing the SSD to the logic board.

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Edit Step 6  ¶ 

  • Slightly lift the leftmost side of the SSD and firmly slide it straight away out of its socket on the logic board.

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

For more information, check out the MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Mid 2012 device page.

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Hi people, thanks for this great tutorial! But how and where can I find the replacement of 1TB PSCIe flash drive? I don't know what to type in Amazon for example to try and find exact part :(


johnny8, · Reply

Retirez la seule vis Torx T5 de 3,1 mm, qui fixe le SSD à la carte mère.

Berthier, · Reply

Can this be done for early 2013 macbook pro retina 15"?

Barry, · Reply

This was rather easy, however, I had problems disconnecting the battery and in other forums people were saying you don't actually need to disconnect the battery, so I ended up not disconnecting it which worked great. Be careful not to damage anything when trying to disconnect the battery!

Rafi, · Reply

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