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|MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2009|| |
|MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2010|| |
April 16, 2014
Macbook Pro mid 2009 kept having a recurring problem with and Unapproved Caller/Security
I ordered the cable. Installed it with the ifixit instructions.
Wallah! This unexpected fix has solved my problem.
In hindsight, next time I would order the cable with the bracket attached, as that was the most challenging part of the repair - working with the small bracket and cable to retro fit the old bracket onto the new cable.
For a guy with bad eyes, an addition to the instructions that explains how to remove the old bracket from the cable and attach the new one would be helpful.
April 7, 2014
Like a lot of others, thought I had a bad hard drive but it was the SATA cable.
Very easy, the tutorials were great! Took about 10 or 15 minutes.
When you put the new SATA kit in, make sure you note how the sticky part of the cable under the batter should fit/lay on BEFORE you start.
April 4, 2014
When I was in Lisbon last year, I made the crucial mistake of putting my MacBook Pro in a backpack without any protection (and if you've been to Lisbon, you'll know it's quite hilly, meaning the MacBook heavily flopped around in the bag). When I got back on the plane, I got the "blinking question mark of death". After trying out several new hard disks, I came across an article that mentioned a typical 2009 MB Pro problem with the HD-cable, and I finally realized that must've been it.
Perfect! It was done in under a minute.
Nope, no complaints!
April 1, 2014
The original hard drive in the laptop was failing. Given the current prices of solid state disks, I purchased a Samsung EVO 840 250GB drive.
At first, everything went smoothly. However, three weeks after the install, the main partition's index files were lost! I decided to do a system restore using Time Machine. But I was unable to erase, partition, or write to the drive. I continued to get "unable to write to drive" and "bad last block" errors.
Finally, I tested the drive in another system and everything worked. Obviously, something was wrong with the laptop. After various tests and even the Apple Hard Diagnostic, I zeroed in on the issue being a faulty drive cable.
The repair went swimmingly! Install is fairly straight forward and simple, requiring only a micro philips screw driver. The repair guides here do a fantastic job of the steps needed. Basically, remove the bottom cover, unscrew the drive mounting brackets, unscrew the two ground screws, and it's out.
The ribbon can be a bit fragile, so it pays to handle it with care!
How did the original cable go bad? It was only touched once when the new drive was put in... and it worked for three weeks! Who knows? I've been repairing computers for over 10 years now and it seems cables can spontaneously fail. So, just because you've never touched the ribbon doesn't mean it can't fail!
Also, I'd advise getting the ribbon with the drive bracket already installed. You can certainly use the old one, but at a $10 difference, it's worth the hassle free install.
Getting the ribbon without the bracket isn't too bad, though. It merely adds a level of difficulty to the procedure as you must now remount the IR sensor to your old bracket. It's held on with a sticky film that doesn't transfer well.
March 17, 2014
My daughter spilled a lot of nail polish remover into her MacBook Pro keyboard, making it turn off immediately. Hereafter she used a hair dryer to dry it, melting 3 keyboard buttons.
The Mac would not boot hereafter, and the disk tool could not format any of 3 disks I tried. I made a full hardware test on the Mac, finding no problems. I tested the hard disk in an USB enclosure, and it worked fine.
Using Google I found out, that many people have solved this kind of problem by changing the SATA cable. Even though I find the price for this SATA cable extremely high, I decided to buy it to find out, if the Mac should end as spare parts, or could be used again.
The repair is extremely easy. Remove the bottom plate, remove a few screws, and the hard disk and cable can be removed. Mount the new SATA cable and the disk, and refit the bottom plate. I think it took less than 10 minutes.
After power on, the disk could be formatted. I then connected to my WiFi, and restored it from my TimeCapsule backup. It has been working perfectly ever after :-)
I have nothing to add to iFixit's adequate guide. I believe changing the SATA cable is one of the easiest tasks to perform. And the $100 is a good price to regain a MacBook Pro, even though I find it very pricy.
March 13, 2014
My computer gradually slowed down to the point where it would not boot. I could not format or repair the disk and a restore from my time machine failed to complete. I replaced the hard drive thinking that was the problem. Upon doing so I was unable to install the OS fresh on the new HD. It eventually got to the point where it could not even boot from the OS disk.
I got the very frustrating: "POSIX Error Cannot Allocate Memory" on the first replacement hard drive I ordered and returned the hard drive because I think it might have been defective.
Reasonably well. Took me only 15 minutes but I was too impatient in pulling the IR sensor cable off the body of the mac and I destroyed it / wasn't able to reconnect it. The connection of the HD went very smoothly and my computer runs like a dream now.
The IR sensor is a little tricky - go very slow and take a good hard look at how it fits together before you dismantle it.
February 28, 2014
February 21, 2014
In early January, my fiancee was attacked by a random person. It was a horrifying experience. Luckily, she was able to fight back and escape with only minor cuts and bruises and a dented Macbook Pro. She's a reporter for the Woodinville Weekly and wrote about her account there(http://www.nwnews.com/index.php/local/ne...).
But that's not the end of the story.
Her now-dented Macbook Pro started failing: Spotlight wouldn't index files properly, Word (and only Word) wouldn't save files to the hard drive. Soon, everything related to the hard drive started failing. It seemed that her attacker, who still was not caught or identified, was destroying her computer from afar. It was an unnerving reminder of her attack.
While she wasn't at risk of losing her data (she takes good backups), buying a new Macbook Pro is pretty expensive. So with my help, we decided to repair it instead.
We started by buying a Samsung 840 Pro SSD, which would be both a fix for her failing hard drive *and* an upgrade to her aging-but-capable Macbook Pro (Mid-2010). But when we tried to install Mac OS X Mavericks, Disk Utility couldn't recognize the SSD. We tried a few things, including running Apple Hardware Test, with no results. Had her attacker won after all?
I took a trip over to one of my favorite repair sites, iFixit, and looked for common issues. I found a few stories beneath the Macbook Pro hard drive cable part which matched our exact symptoms. Some more google-fu later and I was able to confirm that, indeed, this was our problem.
If you've run into this problem, here are the symptoms for a failing hard drive cable:
- Failing hard drive that can't write to disk.
- Spotlight can't index your hard disk.
- No results from Apple Hardware Test.
- Replacing the hard drive with an SSD will result in Disk Utility not able to recognize the disk for formatting.
- Installing OS X on the SSD (on a different computer than the one with the failing hard drive cable) will succeed, but booting it from the computer with the failing hard drive cable will result in a never ending loading screen on boot.
We ordered the part without the bracket and were able to replace it successfully. The repair was a big success! Not only was my fiancee's computer repaired, but it was improved -- SSD speeds are awesome! Of course, we saved money on the repair too -- overall we spent about $250 on the repair and upgrade. But most importantly, she gained a small victory over her attacker by having the ability to repair her own electronics. The importance of repair isn’t just about saving money; it’s about empowering people to take control over their situation and take back what they’ve lost.
If you order the part without the bracket, be warned that you'll have to unplug the hardware indicator light on your existing bracket -- this isn't documented very well, so here's what you have to do:
To unplug the hardware indicator light from the bracket:
1. With a small plastic tool, lift the small "locking" handle in front of the place where the light plugs in. This little handle locks the plug from the hard drive indicator light in place.
The little red circle is the “locking” handle for the hard drive indicator light.
2. Being _very_ careful and with the assistance of a small plastic tool, pull the orange cable out of the plug on the bracket.
3. Now you should be able to remove the old hard drive cable and replace it with the new one. Make sure to plug the indicator light back into your new hard drive cable and lower the small "locking" handle.
February 21, 2014
Hard drive went out (so I thought), bought a 500gb and installed it only for it not to be recognized. Plugged in with an external SATA to USB and found the hard drive was good. Bought an internal SATA cable off IFIXIT, installed in minutes, hard drive is up. and I was able to use the backup from the old hard drive with the USB/SATA and recover all my old stuff. MUCHAS GRACIAS I FIXIT!!!! Oh and thanks for the sticker one more for my truck.
Part fit great, pulled the bracket off the old one and went in with zero problems.
Apple reps estimated my costs to be in the $300-400 range! I got the cable and hard drive for less than $50. Best advice is to get the SATA/USB cable and you can amaze your friends whilst fixing their "crashed hard drive".
February 12, 2014
I have a mid 2010 macbook pro. I had earlier replaced my HDD with SSD and system was zipping but one fine day , I guess after around year and half of SSD change I saw ? on booting up pro.
I thought SSD crashed, I tried everything like cold boot, trying with OPTION key and what now. Finally I opened the book and plugged out SSD and put it in a external USB casing and tried to boot, system booted up fine so the SSD failure was ruled out. Later I researched on net and found problem could be either with SATA cable or logic board. I crossed my fingers and ordered SATA cable from ifixt and these guys delivered it in flat 2 days, i changed the cable and bingo system was running fine.
I suggest you buy the cable with lock as it is easy to replace. handle cable very very delicately as slight bend can make it go bad. I think my earlier mistake was that I was careless and saw earlier cable was slightly bent so probably it failed.