MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Early 2011 Hard Drive Replacement
Replace the hard drive in your MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Early 2011.
- Author: Walter Galan
- Difficulty: Moderate
Upgrade your hard drive for more storage space!
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- Universal Drive Adapter
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.
Remove two T6 Torx screws from each side of the hard drive (four screws total).
You'll need to transfer these screws to your new hard drive if you're changing drives.
If desired, peel the pull tab off your old hard drive and transfer it to the side of your new drive.
If you are installing a new hard drive, we have an OS X install guide to get you up and running.