Introduction

The base plate serves as the under casing for the device. It provide structural security and protection for the internal components. If the base plate is damaged it may put the internal hardware at risk and should be replaced. The rubber covering is held in place by an adhesive and make take some time remove.

Parts

No parts required.

Turn the device upside down to reveal the rubber section of the back plate. Using a metal spudger, carefully wedge the blunt tip into the space between the aluminum back plate and the rubber, separating the two pieces. This may take a few minutes to pry the rubber off completely. Once your are able to get a grip on the rubber it is easier to peel it off using your hands. Don't worry about re-applying adhesive to the rubber; the remaining adhesive has plenty of strength to affix itself to the aluminum.
  • Turn the device upside down to reveal the rubber section of the back plate. Using a metal spudger, carefully wedge the blunt tip into the space between the aluminum back plate and the rubber, separating the two pieces.

    • This may take a few minutes to pry the rubber off completely. Once your are able to get a grip on the rubber it is easier to peel it off using your hands.

    • Don't worry about re-applying adhesive to the rubber; the remaining adhesive has plenty of strength to affix itself to the aluminum.

The epoxy cementing the rubber pad to the aluminum base is a lot stronger than the rubber itself. The rubber is likely to tear as you remove it; I had to use a putty knife to clear the screws. It's worth hanging onto the branding near the Ethernet ports, for future identification (model number, serial number, Ethernet ID, AirPort ID); you can fashion a replacement pad out of neoprene rubber.

adlerpe - Reply

Mine completely ripped I have no back cover now its in multiple pieces…. mine was giving off way to much heat and hard drive errors so I decided to replace hard drive and fan wish me luck BUT if yours is overheating do not expect to get back off without ripping the rubber to

William - Reply

Remove the ten 3mm screws with a Phillips #00 screwdriver. The screws with adhesive covering do not need to be removed.
  • Remove the ten 3mm screws with a Phillips #00 screwdriver.

    • The screws with adhesive covering do not need to be removed.

The two screws in the top center of this picture should not be removed at this time. They are locating pins on the hard drive.

neil.davenport - Reply

The fan affixed to the back plate is connected to the logic board. A small wire must be detached to fully remove the back plate. Pull the base of the wire close to the logic board and the connector will pop off.
  • The fan affixed to the back plate is connected to the logic board. A small wire must be detached to fully remove the back plate.

  • Pull the base of the wire close to the logic board and the connector will pop off.

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To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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