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Hard Drive SATA cable failing related to the battery brackets?

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I have had 2 MacBook Pro Unibody laptops, an early 2011, and currently a mid 2012 which I purchased in Sept 2015. Both have had the main hard drive cable fail. The 2011 waited about 2 years before it went and the 2012 went in just over a year.
 
I bought a replacement cable from iFixit and installed it. It lasted a few weeks and died also. I contacted iFixit and found out that somehow the battery being loose affects the integrity of the cable, yet from what I can tell, there is no way for the battery to come even close to the cable.
 
I spent several hours researching and browsing the web and forums to see what this might have to do with it. I found nothing!!
 
The most I could find was that Apple quietly updated the cable. But, that hasnt helped at all. I did read that their might be sharp edges that are cutting the insulation on the cable. I heard that the putting extra insulation around the cable might help.
 
Does anyone have any insight as to why this cable fails, why the battery might be involved, and what can be done to prevent this from getting worse?
 
Thanks all in Advance
 
Edit: The 2011 has been fixed and sold. it was actually that machine that introduced me to the world of failed SATA cables.
Edit: The 2011 has been fixed and sold. it was actually that machine that introduced me to the world of failed SATA cables.
 
Edit 2: This is what my computer looks like inside. I do not see the metal tab that @danj is talking about. I would agree that the optical drive is probably more of an issue than the battery. I did insulate the edges around the step yesterday when I installed the warranty cable too. [image|983436

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Edit 2: This is what my computer looks like inside. I do not see the metal tab that @danj is talking about. I would agree that the optical drive is probably more of an issue than the battery. I did insulate the edges around the step yesterday when I installed the warranty cable too. [image|983436

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MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2012

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Edit by: Mike Gipson ,

Title:

Hard Drive SATA cable failing related to the battery brackets?

Text:

I have had 2 MacBook Pro Unibody laptops, an early 2011, and currently a mid 2012 which I purchased in Sept 2015. Both have had the main hard drive cable fail. The 2011 waited about 2 years before it went and the 2012 went in just over a year.
 
I bought a replacement cable from iFixit and installed it. It lasted a few weeks and died also. I contacted iFixit and found out that somehow the battery being loose affects the integrity of the cable, yet from what I can tell, there is no way for the battery to come even close to the cable.
I bought a replacement cable from iFixit and installed it. It lasted a few weeks and died also. I contacted iFixit and found out that somehow the battery being loose affects the integrity of the cable, yet from what I can tell, there is no way for the battery to come even close to the cable.
 
I spent several hours researching and browsing the web and forums to see what this might have to do with it. I found nothing!!
I spent several hours researching and browsing the web and forums to see what this might have to do with it. I found nothing!!
 
The most I could find was that Apple quietly updated the cable. But, that hasnt helped at all. I did read that their might be sharp edges that are cutting the insulation on the cable. I heard that the putting extra insulation around the cable might help.
The most I could find was that Apple quietly updated the cable. But, that hasnt helped at all. I did read that their might be sharp edges that are cutting the insulation on the cable. I heard that the putting extra insulation around the cable might help.
 
Does anyone have any insight as to why this cable fails, why the battery might be involved, and what can be done to prevent this from getting worse?
 
Thanks all in Advance
 
Edit: The 2011 has been fixed and sold. it was actually that machine that introduced me to the world of failed SATA cables.

Edit 2: This is what my computer looks like inside. I do not see the metal tab that @danj is talking about. I would agree that the optical drive is probably more of an issue than the battery. I did insulate the edges around the step yesterday when I installed the warranty cable too. [image|983436]
Edit: The 2011 has been fixed and sold. it was actually that machine that introduced me to the world of failed SATA cables.

Edit 2: This is what my computer looks like inside. I do not see the metal tab that @danj is talking about. I would agree that the optical drive is probably more of an issue than the battery. I did insulate the edges around the step yesterday when I installed the warranty cable too. [image|983436]

Device:

MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2012

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open

Edit by: Dan ,

Title:

Hard Drive SataSATA cable failing related to the battery brackets?
Hard Drive SataSATA cable failing related to the battery brackets?

Text:

I have had 2 MacBook Pro Unibody laptops, an early 2011, and currently a mid 2012 which I purchased in Sept 2015. Both have had the main hard drive cable fail. The 2011 waited about 2 years before it went and the 2012 went in just over a year.
I have had 2 MacBook Pro Unibody laptops, an early 2011, and currently a mid 2012 which I purchased in Sept 2015. Both have had the main hard drive cable fail. The 2011 waited about 2 years before it went and the 2012 went in just over a year.
 
I bought a replacement cable from iFixit and installed it. It lasted a few weeks and died also. I contacted iFixit and found out that somehow the battery being loose affects the integrity of the cable, yet from what I can tell, there is no way for the battery to come even close to the cable. I spent several hours researching and browsing the web and forums to see what this might have to do with it. I found nothing!! The most I could find was that Apple quietly updated the cable. But that hasnt helped at all. I did read that there might be sharp edges that are cutting the insulation on the cable. I heard that the putting extra insulation around the cable might help. Does anyone have any insight as to why this cable fails, why the battery might be involved, and what can be done to prevent this from getting worse?
I bought a replacement cable from iFixit and installed it. It lasted a few weeks and died also. I contacted iFixit and found out that somehow the battery being loose affects the integrity of the cable, yet from what I can tell, there is no way for the battery to come even close to the cable. I spent several hours researching and browsing the web and forums to see what this might have to do with it. I found nothing!! The most I could find was that Apple quietly updated the cable. But that hasnt helped at all. I did read that there might be sharp edges that are cutting the insulation on the cable. I heard that the putting extra insulation around the cable might help. Does anyone have any insight as to why this cable fails, why the battery might be involved, and what can be done to prevent this from getting worse?
 
Thanks all in AdvanceI spent several hours researching and browsing the web and forums to see what this might have to do with it. I found nothing!!
Thanks all in AdvanceI spent several hours researching and browsing the web and forums to see what this might have to do with it. I found nothing!!
 
EditThe most I could find was that Apple quietly updated the cable. But, that hasnt helped at all. I did read that their might be sharp edges that are cutting the insulation on the cable. I heard that the putting extra insulation around the cable might help.

Does anyone have any insight as to why this cable fails, why the battery might be involved, and what can be done to prevent this from getting worse?

Thanks all in Advance

Edit
: The 2011 has been fixed and sold. it was actually that machine that introduced me to the world of failed sataSATA cables.
EditThe most I could find was that Apple quietly updated the cable. But, that hasnt helped at all. I did read that their might be sharp edges that are cutting the insulation on the cable. I heard that the putting extra insulation around the cable might help.

Does anyone have any insight as to why this cable fails, why the battery might be involved, and what can be done to prevent this from getting worse?

Thanks all in Advance

Edit
: The 2011 has been fixed and sold. it was actually that machine that introduced me to the world of failed sataSATA cables.

Device:

MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2012

Status:

open

Edit by: Mike Gipson ,

Title:

Hard Drive Sata cable failing related to battery brackets?

Text:

I have had 2 MacBook Pro Unibody laptops, an early 2011, and currently a mid 2012 purchased in Sept 2015. Both have had the main hard drive cable fail. The 2011 waited about 2 years before it went and the 2012 went in just over a year.
 
I bought a replacement cable from iFixit and installed it. It lasted a few weeks and died also. I contacted iFixit and found out that somehow the battery being loose affects the integrity of the cable, yet from what I can tell, there is no way for the battery to come even close to the cable. I spent several hours researching and browsing the web and forums to see what this might have to do with it. I found nothing!! The most I could find was that Apple quietly updated the cable. But that hasnt helped at all. I did read that there might be sharp edges that are cutting the insulation on the cable. I heard that the putting extra insulation around the cable might help. Does anyone have any insight as to why this cable fails, why the battery might be involved, and what can be done to prevent this from getting worse?
 
Thanks all in Advance

Edit: The 2011 has been fixed and sold. it was actually that machine that introduced me to the world of failed sata cables.
Thanks all in Advance

Edit: The 2011 has been fixed and sold. it was actually that machine that introduced me to the world of failed sata cables.

Device:

MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2012

Status:

open

Original post by: Mike Gipson ,

Title:

Hard Drive Sata cable failing related to battery brackets?

Text:

I have had 2 MacBook Pro Unibody laptops, an early 2011, and currently a mid 2012 purchased in Sept 2015. Both have had the main hard drive cable fail. The 2011 waited about 2 years before it went and the 2012 went in just over a year.

I bought a replacement cable from iFixit and installed it. It lasted a few weeks and died also. I contacted iFixit and found out that somehow the battery being loose affects the integrity of the cable, yet from what I can tell, there is no way for the battery to come even close to the cable. I spent several hours researching and browsing the web and forums to see what this might have to do with it. I found nothing!! The most I could find was that Apple quietly updated the cable. But that hasnt helped at all. I did read that there might be sharp edges that are cutting the insulation on the cable. I heard that the putting extra insulation around the cable might help. Does anyone have any insight as to why this cable fails, why the battery might be involved, and what can be done to prevent this from getting worse?

Thanks all in Advance

Device:

MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2012

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open