Introduction

You can install hard drives up to 9.5mm thick.

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  • Use a coin to rotate the battery-locking screw 90 degrees clockwise.

I used this guide plus the Thermal Paste guide to resolve my MacBook RRS (Random Restart Syndrome) issue. My MacBook would randomly restart after the fan kicked into high speed. When I removed the heatsink I discovered an an irregular patch completely free of thermal compound of about 15-20% of the area on one of the processors. I removed and re-applied the thermal paste. I ran a memory test utility overnight that previously caused a restart after a couple of hours, and the probelm seems to be solved. TIme will tell.

ServiceDocs - Reply

This guide was seriously helpful, so thanks for putting this together. I found a thick ribbon of dust/muck whatever between the fan outlet and the exhaust port that was almost as dense as felt. My fan must have been fighting like crazy trying to pass air through that blockage, which explains the high temps and excessive fan noise. Wish I'd done this sooner...

Thanks again!

skraggle - Reply

Just R&R'ed the fan in my black MacBook Core 2 Duo tonight. Took me 30 minutes tops and I was taking my time. These instructions are SPOT ON! Great job ifixit.com! Two thumbs up!

Follow the instructions exactly as you see and have a piece of paper taped to the table next to you that you can outline all the screws you took out so you know where they go back in. I expected this to be a LOT harder, but it was one of the simplest repairs I've ever done to ANY computer!

mikeutter - Reply

Piece of cake--or should I say gum. If you don't have a magnetized screwdriver, load up a stick of gum and chomp on it until it's needed then use a bit to retain screw on the driver. And if you should tear the black tape, or if the silver tape won't stick any more, just bubblegum it together. The instructions were clear and correct, which made for a very simple repair.

Mike Woodruff - Reply

My battery does not pop out when after step 1. Any idea why, and how do fix it?

Calvin - Reply

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My battery does not pop out when after step 1. Any idea why, and how do fix it?

Will not drop out even if you turn it upside down?

skraggle - Reply

Somehow, now my isight camera doesn't work and the light is always on. Cannot figure out what I did wrong.

josefsalyer - Reply

Somehow the plastic disc with the slot for a coin got dislodged from the case, and I can't seem to get it open now. Any tips/links on how to open this without the aid of the plastic disc?

Peter Wood - Reply

i broke my disc off as well. I used two toothpicks to rotate the thing. hi tech.

howard bederman -

Outstanding guide - thank you!

owen bullock - Reply

My computer will not charge when plugged in. It will stay on as ling as the plug is in the wall however if the power source gets disconnected it will shut down immediately. I removed the battery and put it back in that did not help. It worked and charged fine 2 days ago. I have a backpack with a laptop storage area. I went to hang the backpack up and it fell and ever since the battery is not functioning. Is there some fix I can try or is my only solution to replace it? I would have thought that dropping it would affect more than the battery?

Beth Tomasek - Reply

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  • Lift the battery out of the computer.

I just replaced the battery as indicated (with a iFixit part), but the computer says there is no battery connected, even after letting the power plug in for more than one hour.

Jean Wallemacq - Reply

I think I found the way to have the new battery to charge!!!!!

See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRYIMDQx....

Essentially, you have to follow a very precise order: 1/shut down the computer, 2/take off the magsafe connector, 3/remove the old battery, 4/put back the magsafe connector, 5/put the new battery, 6/power on, each time leaving a few seconds in between.

Jean Wallemacq - Reply

Image 1/1: The screws are captive to the metal memory cover so you cannot lose them.
  • Unscrew the three evenly-spaced Phillips screws from along the rear wall of the battery compartment.

  • The screws are captive to the metal memory cover so you cannot lose them.

please pay attention that screws are native to metal pieces otherwise you are going to be a stupid like me trying to unscrew unsuccessfully until I reread the guide

manochu - Reply

Lay the screws out in a ”timeline” like a circle, Then when you reassemble just start from the end of the “timeline”

decristoforo - Reply

The screws have to unscrewing positions, first they unscrew from the whole body BUT if you move the lid without entirely removing the screws, they will remain attached to the lid. This I find much more recomendable!

Wytchkraft - Reply

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  • Rotate the L-shaped memory cover so it clears the battery compartment opening and lift it up and out of the computer.

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Image 1/1: The hard drive goes back into its compartment with the label facing down.
  • Grasp the white plastic tab attached to the hard drive and pull it to the right, removing the hard drive from the computer.

  • The hard drive goes back into its compartment with the label facing down.

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  • Remove the two black T8 Torx screws securing the silver bracket to the hard drive.

In some cases, two of the screws might be T8, being the other ones T10.

alvarogmp - Reply

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  • Rotate the hard drive and remove the two black T8 Torx screws on the other side of the drive.

screws without the flange go nearest to the Sata connector(???)

gbelford - Reply

As seen in the photo, yes as you said

Julio Molero - Reply

Image 1/1: You'll need to transfer this metal bracket to your new hard drive.
  • Lift the silver metal hard drive bracket off the hard drive.

  • You'll need to transfer this metal bracket to your new hard drive.

  • If you are installing a new hard drive, we have an OS X install guide to get you up and running.

If I had known it was so easy, I would have done it earlier!!!! Thanks!

Luigi - Reply

When sliding in the new hard drive, I had one of the T8 Torx screw to fold the rubber guide glued on the sides of the hard drive slot (but why did they used rubber guides????).

So the SATA connector was no more reachable.

Had to open the whole case.

Heep it in mind and close the screws very well

Ezio Ricca - Reply

This happened to me too, although it was caused by the harddrive tray catching on the rubber strip rather than a loose screw. Had to take top off of laptop and need double-sided tape to re-attach the rubber strips.

thunderdiligence -

I just installed a Samsung SSD, and the label doesn't go down. The Samsung logo faces down. Otherwise the holes in the drive holder don't line up.

Pete - Reply

Conclusion

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

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This upgrade is so easy. Just do it. Even your dad could do this.

After the upgrade to a 320 GB 7200 rpm, the MacBook (1.83 GHz Intel Core Duo A1181, with 2 GB of ram) works like a new computer. However, the fan comes on so easy - and stays on forever. Is this due to the increased speed of the hard drive? Is there a way to turn down the hard drive speed when used on AC power?

suselfunk - Reply

The rubber guide came off on mine too. The mistake is that the screws without the flanges go on the outside edge of the Mac and the flange ones towards the inside. If you do it backwards it will pull the rubber guide off and then an otherwise effortless install will take a while longer to complete.

MarkBookPro - Reply

it's really easy to do this - there's no need to pay someone else! thanks for this awesome tutorial.

andreahull - Reply

Very simple and easy! The biggest challenge was the walk to Radio Shack in cold weather to go get a !#!@ torx! The OSX installation guide was also a big help.

rsimmons1980 - Reply

Bought a Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 (128 GB SSD), removal was quick and easy. This was my wife's mac, I personally do not own Apple products. My challenge was that I had to erase the drive (which in the process re-formats the ssd) which got the install up and running.

russcrandall - Reply

If I had known about ifixit earlier I would not have purchased my new Mac. This was so easy. Now I have two computers.

The only thing I become stuck on was the recognition of the HD for uploading from a CD. Need to partion new HD. After that no trouble.

Thanks ifixit.

feade - Reply

Worked well for me. Cloned the old drive to the new while the old was still in the computer, swapped drives, booted up, everything worked. Even licensed software like Adobe CS didn't throw any wobblies. Also disk operations (such as bootup and opening applications) now much faster.

C T - Reply

Went perfect, I bought the complete kit this time and had all the right tools. The installation was done before I knew it, even surprised the wife. I just wish the back-up installation and OS 10.9.2 had gone that easy, but that's another story. All is up and running and the wife is happy as a clam.

pauldk - Reply

A cinch compared to early MacBook Pros

Kev in Australia

kevinarthurlock - Reply

Thank you so much !!!

higewang - Reply

Hi I was wondering if anyone has a good suggestion for SSD for this Macbook... I am trying to find a decent priced ones, preferably less than 50 bucks. Thanks!

Shawn - Reply

Perfect! I changed original HD with a new SSD..... Guide was perfect! Les than 15 min.

Before I copied all data with Disk Utility.... And now works fine! Thanks!

Joe Doc - Reply

I have both a MacBook 1,1 and 3,1. Are the hard drives compatible? The 3,1 keyboard died and I'm wondering if I can put it's hard drive in the 1,1 shell (which otherwise works, I got the 3,1 when I couldn't do anything being stuck at OS X 10.5.8)?

Sean McAnally - Reply

Have a problem here with brand new Samsung 850 EVO 250 Gb. I was about to replace my standard HHD with it. But i'm not able to boot from it. System doesn't recognize it. Any advices, what may be the cause?

Andrey Kivokurtsev - Reply

That's Samsung's fault for putting the label on the wrong side, Pete! Excellent presentation!

decompoza - Reply

Hard drive is easy! I want to change mais LCD Screen!

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