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MacBook Pro 17" Models A1151 A1212 A1229 and A1261 Hard Drive Replacement
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Replace the hard drive in your MacBook Pro 17" Model A1151, A1212, A1229, or A1261.
- Author: iRobot
- Difficulty: Moderate
You can install hard drives up to 9.5mm thick.
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- Battery 1 step
- RAM Shield 2 steps
- Upper Case 7 steps
- Hard Drive 5 steps
- Hard Drive Replacement 2 steps
Do not yank the upper case off quickly. The case is attached to the logic board via a ribbon cable.
Lift up the back of the case and work your fingers along the sides, freeing the case as you go. Once you have freed the sides, you may need to rock the case up and down to free the front of the upper case.
Remove the two silver T6 Torx screws and white (or black) rubber bumpers from the right side of the hard drive.
You'll need to transfer these screws and bumpers to your new hard drive if you're changing drives. Make sure to put these on the right side of the drive when looking at the label with the SATA connector at the far end.
Remove the two silver T6 Torx screws from the left side of the hard drive (the rubber bumpers remain in the case for the left side of the drive)
You'll need to transfer these screws to your new hard drive if you're changing drives.
If you are installing a new hard drive, we have an OS X install guide to get you up and running.
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