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MacBook Pro 15" Unibody (Mid 2009) Hard Drive Cable

$49.95

Product code: IF161-039
Apple Part #: 922-9034

Product Overview

Connects hard drive to logic board.

Compatibility

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  • All Mid 2009 Unibody 15" MacBook Pros

Product Details

$49.95 With Bracket

 
 

Condition:

New

Warranty:

6 month warranty

Notes:

Has IR sensor, indicator light and hard drive bracket attached.

$34.95 Without Bracket

 
 

Condition:

New

Warranty:

6 month warranty

Notes:

Has the IR sensor but no indicator light or hard drive bracket attached. The indicator light and hard drive bracket can easily be swapped from an existing part.

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Replacement Guides

MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Mid 2009

Difficulty: Moderate

 

Compatibility

MacBook Pro 15" Unibody 2.53 GHz Mid 2009
2.53 GHz (Mid 2009)
MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Mid 2009
2.66 GHz (Mid 2009)
2.8 GHz (Mid 2009)
3.06 GHz (Mid 2009)
 

Stories

My Problem

I had the dreaded 2.53Ghz mid-2009 MBP and after upgrading the hard drive to a largr Seagate, found I had to to jumper it to force 1.5Gbps mode in order for it to work/wake/sleep/hibernate reliably. In anticipation of a near-future upgrade to an SSD, I figured I'd replace the cable

My Fix

Fine, except I bought the one without the bracket, and the instructions were missing that step (which was trivial -- open a ZIF socket, pull a ribbon, spudge the PCB/light/IR combo board out of the way, and then reverse).

My Advice

Be gentle with the thing. The one I pulled had nothing visibly wrong with it (but was the original part with the original p/n on it). So they're apparently easy to damage. I was careful, and didn't have any issues.

My Problem

My father MacBook Pro had a serious trouble with SSD (unstable or non booting computer), thanks to Apple bad quality component. I ordered a new one from iFixit (from which I use guides for maybe ten years), replace it following the appropriated guide, and now everything is fine, the SSD work at full speed on SATA 3GB/s.

My Fix

With no problem (I'm experimented in Apple disassembly with my personal collection of Macs, my family, and the members of my Apple User Group) With my new set of driver from iFixit, I could removed the battery, and put the new cable. I took me about 15 minutes for the whole operation (but I forgot the photos …).

My Advice

No advice, the solution is exactly what we need. Thanks.

My Problem

One morning my Mac decided not to boot. I tried all the restart options to no avail. I was not able to run diags. I took the drive out and tested it on another Mac. Disk Utility could not repair the disk. I used a data recovery tool to get most of the data off the disk, reformatted, and reloaded OSX. I booted the Mac from the USB drive and all was well, or so I thought. I put the disk back into the Mac, but the Mac would not boot. I ran the Mac Diags and it reported no errors? After more Google searches I saw that others had had similar problems and a drive cable was the problem. I searched for the part on iFixit and confirmed that others had similar problems so, I ordered the drive cable from iFixit. I figured that $60 was less than the diag cost at the Apple Store and way less than a new logic board. After installing the drive cable, the Mac booted up fine and my problems are resolved!

My Fix

The repair was very easy. Replacing the drive cable on the Macbook Pro Unibody Mid-2009 did not require any special tools. The cable even comes with new adhesive. I am very pleased with the repair and the quality of the iFixit parts and instructions.

My Advice

BACKUP YOUR DRIVE EVERY DAY! Unfortunately, I was a bit too lax with my backups, so I had to spend $80 on recovery software and had to spend a lot more time recovering my data.

My Problem

My Sammy 830 SSD was very unstable in my 2009 July MacBook Pro 15", although it worked fine in my PC. I read that interference can be caused by the SSD on poor quality SATA cables

My Fix

Repair was easy following the video guide. I didn't disconnect the battery, which was recommended, but results are perfect.

My Advice

Don't think twice. The fix worked like a charm

My Problem

MacBook refused to acknowledge the existence of a new SSD when it was installed internally.

My Fix

Super easy repair. Took a little time to line the sticky back cables up.

My Advice

I could see where the old cable had broken. If you look at the last bend of the cable before it connects to the SATA connector you might see a small tear.

My Problem

I received a Macbook pro from my work and it didnt have a hard drive in it. I purchased a new hard drive and the mac would not recognize the drive. I read some forums and they said it could be the hard drive cable.

My Fix

I found this site ifixit.com and ordered a new one. The shipping was so fast, I had it 3 days sooner than the earliest expected date. I found a guide on ifixit.com and followed the directions and it when it very easily. I started the computer up and it works great!!

My Advice

Be patient!

My Problem

About a year and a half ago I dropped my MBP ever so slightly on the floor. It was in my messenger bag and the strap slid from my shoulder. I was able to catch it, but the corner of the bag hit the ground. When I opened my MBP - which was in sleep mode -everything froze. After a reboot the question mark folder popped up. My hard drive had died. Or so I thought.

After replacing the hard drive, nothing happened. The problem was there to stay. So I took the hard drive back to the store and bought an external one instead. I installed OSX on that one, and lived about a year and a half with OSX on that drive. I wa too low on money to have an expert look at it.

Then a friend of mine got the same problem, and it appeared that his SATA cable was broken. So then I was almost positive it was my SATA cable, not the hard drive that had to be replaced. I had no money to have someone do it, so I stumbled upon ifixit and the rest is history.

My Fix

The repair was fairly easy, although I kind of had experience doing it when I replaced my HDD. However, I found that two of the three battery clips had broken off, so I might need to replace that one day :')

My Advice

Be patient and repair your laptop under well lit circumstances. You're handling a thousand+ dollar machine, so take care of it. Don't rush anything. Print the guide up front or read it on a phone or tablet. Stay positive. It's easier than it looks.

My Problem

Macbook Pro wouldn't recognize the internal hard drive but external drives and bootable CD/DVD worked fine.

My Fix

Straightforward, simple.

My Advice

Be careful, don't overtighten anything, bottom panel screws go in on an angle. Hard drive hold down screws are captive. Clean all the dust while you're in there.

My Problem

I was starting to have the 'spinning beach ball' and hard drive issues, until it just would not work. At that time, I had problems with my back up drives and had no back up of my data. I thought that the drive was dead and that my 'life' on the HD was gone. What a sick feeling. Apple Store recommended contacting these services to retrieve data off my drive. They cost $$$. As it turned out, a friend put the drive into an external USB case and it worked! I put a new 1Tb drive in the MacBook Pro and it was not recognized and I could not initialize it. I then realized it was the HD cable. Until it came in the mail, I booted off the USB drive.

My Fix

Super easy. I did not disconnect the battery since I did not have a star screw driver. Everything is wonderful. Now I have a one terabyte drive, my data is backed up, and life is good.

My Advice

Hint, pay the less than $2 difference for Priority Mail. It went from the West Coast to Florida in 2 days.

My Problem

Dropped the MacBook and wouldn't re-boot.

My Fix

Repair was fairly straight forward

My Advice

Check blogs online and with your friends before turning to the "experts"!