Use this guide to replace the solid state drive.

  • Remove the following ten screws securing the lower case to the upper case:

    • Two 2.3 mm P5 Pentalobe screws

    • Eight 3.0 mm P5 Pentalobe screws

  • Throughout this repair, keep track of each screw and make sure it goes back exactly where it came from to avoid damaging your device.

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Wedge your fingers between the upper case and the lower case.
  • Wedge your fingers between the upper case and the lower case.

  • Gently pull the lower case away from the upper case.

  • Remove the lower case and set it aside.

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  • The lower case is connected to the upper case at the center, with two plastic clips.

  • During reassembly, gently push down the center of the lower case to reattach the two plastic clips.

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  • Remove the plastic cover adhered to the battery contact board.

This plastic cover wasn’t included with the new battery so I placed the original one back in. Was it supposed to go back in? This detail wasn’t clear since the original cover didn’t fit exactly over the newer battery connector. Plus any stickiness of adhesive that may have been there was gone.

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  • Remove the following screws securing the battery connector board to the logic board:

    • Two 2.8 mm T6 Torx screws

    • One 7.0 mm T6 Torx shouldered screw

Top screw in this image was not a T6. I found that a T5 bit fit this one.

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  • Use tweezers to remove the small plastic cover located near the bottom right of the battery connector board.

Is adhered to screw beneath, so lift firmly and slowly.

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  • Remove the wide head 6.4 mm T6 Torx screw securing the battery connector to the logic board assembly.

I lost this screw! How important is it? Will it be okay with just the 3 previously removed screws?

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  • Carefully lift the battery connector board up off the logic board.

  • It is recommended to bend the battery cables just slightly, to keep the board suspended up above the logic board and out of the way.

  • Do not fold the board completely over, or crease the cables, as this may damage the battery.

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  • Grasp the Interposer with tweezers.

    • An interposer is the name for an interface that links one electrical connection to another. In this repair, it is the board connecting the battery to logic board.

  • Lift the Interposer off the logic board and remove it.

    • Removing this board will ensure that the battery remains disconnected throughout your repair, preventing your computer from accidentally powering on. It's also a good idea to take it out so it doesn't fall out unexpectedly.

WHy to remove battery contact board? Replace can happen without it also, right.

Behram Beldagli - Reply

You don’t want to work on a live system as you could damage parts

Dan -

How can I remove interposer I m not able to remove it

Raunak - Reply

What happens if the Battery Contact Board fails?

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  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the SSD cable connector up from its socket on the logic board.

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  • Use your thumb or finger to bend the plastic spring bar on the SSD tray, freeing the two clips at the front side of the device.

  • While holding the spring bar depressed, tilt the SSD assembly up out of its cavity.

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  • Remove the SSD assembly from the upper case.

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  • Remove the single 2.9 mm T5 Torx screw securing the SSD to the SSD tray.

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  • Insert the edge of plastic opening tool between the SSD and the SSD tray, opposite to the socket side of SSD tray.

  • Pry the side of the SSD opposite the SSD tray socket out of the SSD tray.

  • Only lift the SSD up far enough to grab the sides of it with your fingers. Lifting it any more may damage the card or socket.

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  • Carefully pull the SSD straight out of its socket on the SSD tray.

Is this Mini PCIe mSATA,

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  • SSD remains.

what is the product number / name to order ? Details Please. Thanks

Rajesh V - Reply

I want to buy external usb casing for this SSD card, could you please tell us if this is mini PCIe mSATA or something else.

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

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Excelente, muchas gracias

Ruben Morales - Reply

Ok, now that I replaced my SSD - how do I recover my OS?

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