Introduction

Use this guide to remove or replace the solid state drive (SSD) in your MacBook Pro 13" Retina Display Early 2015.

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

    • Two 2.3 mm Pentalobe screws

    • Eight 3.0 mm Pentalobe screws

For all the screws you use the P5 pentalobe screwdriver?

Carlos - Reply

Pentalobe is only for the screws on the bottom cover. The Torx screw driver is for the remainder.

hello -

Is the Pentalobe screwdriver mentioned in the tools list? I did not have one so I used a filed down flat blade screwdriver. Not a fantastic idea, but it works.

Alex Birkett - Reply

Yes, it's mentioned on the top of this page. P5 Pentalobe to be precise. I didn't have one either, so I bought one from iFixit and that works fantastic. An absolutely precise fit, which is important especially when you might open your MacBook a couple of times during the years you own it. Not using the correct tool might do more harm to the screws than you want! I once had this with a Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro, which has Torx screws (T4 I think) and I used cheap Chinese quality tools, with the result that both the tool and one of the screws are damaged.

addvariety -

the macbook in the picture is 2012. does it has the same structure as 2013?

Edison - Reply

I never, ever, ever considered using anything but the correct tool on the Pentalobe screws. Too easy to strip and void your warranty (if still in effect), as well as make it almost impossible to get inside later for another upgrade or repair. The Wiha P5 Pentalobe screwdriver fits like a glove and costs only about $11 (a fraction of your drive's price)at Amazon.com. Get it!

marketing - Reply

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 to remove it.

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The lower case is connected to the upper case with two plastic clips near its center. During reassembly, gently push down the center of the lower case to reattach the two plastic clips.
  • The lower case is connected to the upper case with two plastic clips near its center.

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

There are two screws that are shorter-they go to the back near the vent.

wrbandllm - Reply

This was already mentioned at the start, it says 2x 2.3mm screws and those are coloured red instead of orange for the other ones in iFixit's image.

addvariety - Reply

If necessary, remove the plastic cover adhered to the battery contact board.
  • If necessary, remove the plastic cover adhered to the battery contact board.

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Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the battery connector straight up out of its socket on the logic board. Be sure you lift up only on the connector itself, not the socket, or you risk permanent damage to the logic board.
  • Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the battery connector straight up out of its socket on the logic board.

  • Be sure you lift up only on the connector itself, not the socket, or you risk permanent damage to the logic board.

I have a friends MacBook Pro that has some water damage that caused the MacBook not to be able to use battery power, but still work when plugged into A/C. Upon further inspection I can see visible corrosion on a few of the 9 cables going from the battery connector to that small circuit board. Is it possible to just replace that circuit board?

jramsey21 - Reply

I have the some problem. I was thinking to replace the whole battery but I am not it will solve the problem. Any suggestions?

salvatorebarbera -

Sometimes it can be enough to just clean the contacts without having to replace the entire board. Dosent work for complicated IC's like plcc type, where corrosion is underneath the chip. Here you will have to reheat and reapply the IC.

andrehedegaard -

Have either of you replaced the battery and/or circuit board to fix the MacBooks with the water damage ? I have the same problem with the MacBook working fine when connected to power but dying immediately when the power cord is removed.

Steve - Reply

Hi, Steve. I had the same problem: Macbook Pro 15 retina with coffee damage. And it worked fine when connected to power. I made it working after replacing the whole battery. It seems that circuit connected to the battery becomes disabled to prevent short circuit.

Vadim Gribanov -

When placing the battery connector back into the socket on the logic board, check that every part of connector is pressed down. You should hear a soft click when it's back in place.

Ethan Tarquin - Reply

Bend the battery connector up out of the way to prevent accidental contact with its socket during your repair.
  • Bend the battery connector up out of the way to prevent accidental contact with its socket during your repair.

If you miss or let this step for later like I did, the power left in the battery even though the computer is completely shut down, will screw up the I/O board cable like I did. I noticed this after I put all the pieces back, turn the computer on and surprise, no wifi hardware is detected. -.-

sebasgaes - Reply

I put a small piece of blue painters tape on the battery connector contacts to prevent it from accidentally making a connection and shorting. This helped keep things a bit more protected.

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

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Lift the free end of the SSD up slightly and pull the SSD straight out of its socket on the logic board. Only lift the end of the SSD enough to allow you to pull it out—about 1/4". Only lift the end of the SSD enough to allow you to pull it out—about 1/4".
  • Lift the free end of the SSD up slightly and pull the SSD straight out of its socket on the logic board.

  • Only lift the end of the SSD enough to allow you to pull it out—about 1/4".

Transcend 960GB JetDrive 720 SATAIII 6Gb/s Solid State Drive Upgrade Kit for MacBook Pro 13" with Retina Display, Late 2012 - Early 2013 (TS960GJDM720) - Is this compatible with the Macbook Pro 13" Retina - Mid 2014?

Jess - Reply

Según el fabricante no, me puse en contacto con ellos y dicen que estan en desarrollo. Yo ya pregunte en este foro por que otro unidad de ssd cambio la original y nadie responde...

According to the manufacturer no, I got in touch with them and say they are developing . I already ask at this forum by another unit ssd change the original and nobody answers ..

Antonio -

Manufacturers that don't say it's compatible, just haven't tested it. You just have to pay special attention to the notch(es) on the connector. I had a 512 GB SSD lying around, but it had two notches at 1/3 and 2/3 (M.2 B & M notches) instead of the MacBook's notch that's somewhat in the middle and is NOT a standard of the M.2 format.

addvariety -

No. But OWC now sells a higher capacity SSD for the 2015 MBP's

robert Seith - Reply

Great guide!

Daniel - Reply

Why do I need to disconnect the battery?

David DelMonte - Reply

To prevent damage on motherboard while connecting/disconnecting SSD.

Fedor Zhuromsky -

What are your recommendations for transferring the data to the replacement flash drive?

ari - Reply

Before changing hard drive, back up data via Time Machine. After hard drive replacement, restore Time Machine backup onto new hard drive.

William -

no other brand sad, for MacBook RD mid 2014?

iCalfixit - Reply

Can i swap my macbook pro 13" (late 2013) 128gb ssd with macbook air 13" 512gb ssd...? Would it work like that or they don't work with this combination...?

VVK - Reply

Can i use 1T ssd in macbook Retina Mf840 ??? change 256 to 512 or 1T :/

Pedram BehzadiFar - Reply

Conclusion

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

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If not disconnecting battery before replacement of ssd, will ssd be damaged for sure, or is it just a precaution and not likely?

Chris - Reply

This is recommendation. I never disconnect battery and no issues occur so far.

Oleg -

Yes, damage can occur. Always disconnect any kind of power before removing different boards. After removing battery connector, it can be a good idea to discharge capacitors by pressing the power button on your mac. This ensures theres no latent current passing through the circuits.

andrehedegaard -

Which SSD can i use for upgrade? Can it be a normal like from Samung or else? Or has it to be from Apple?

karimi1993 - Reply

Same question here...

OldFellow -

Same question here...

Pablo Radu -

OWC now has SSD upgrades up to 1TB for this model: https://eshop.macsales.com/shop/ssd/owc/...

rtwdanl -

OWC now sells replacement SSD's so you can drop a higher capacity in. Up to 1TB

robert Seith - Reply

That's what I just installed :)

David James -

This was one of the best explained tutorials on anything that I've ever come across! Whole procedure took me around 15 minutes at careful pace.

marketing - Reply

5 out of 5! Clear and easy to follow guide :)

David James - Reply

how do i complete this guide?

Daniel - Reply

I have bought all the component. samsung Evo 850 512 gig. A cabinet for the fort t he ssd and a eds wristband.

Daniel - Reply

Does upgrading the SSD have any negative effects on the macbook? Any heating issues or shortened battery?

Mitchell Sturba - Reply

to Mitchell, none what so ever in my case. been running for almost 2 years now without a problem.

herojig - Reply

Does any m.2 SSD work?

onnobastings - Reply

Does anyone know if Samsung EVO PRO 850 SATA 3 (MZ-7KE512BW), a 2.5" drive, will work with some sort of adapter?

Ibo - Reply

Do we know if Sandisk X400 512GB M.2 2280 SSD is supported?

Jake Tame - Reply

isnt that a ram chip not a solid state drive

Bhodi Hutchins - Reply

Parabéns! Muito bem explicado e simples... difícil é encontrar a chave e a memória no Brasil para comprar..

vilmar.oliveira1 - Reply

Can i swap my macbook pro 13" 128gb(2015) ssd with macbook air 13" 512gb ssd...?

VVK - Reply

If they are the same year I believe you can because my OWC kit for early 2015 MacBook Pro, states it is also for 2013 and up MacBook Air

Bill Veldt -

I have purchased the OWC ssd and this guide is perfect for my install. Thank you.

Bill Veldt - Reply

Is it ok to replace OWC since my stock ssd is

Device Name:

APPLE SSD SM0128G

Media Name: APPLE SSD SM0128G Media

Size: 120.47 GB (120,473,067,520 bytes)

Medium Type: SSD

Protocol: PCI

Internal: Yes

Partition Map Type: GPT (GUID Partition Table)

Status: Online

S.M.A.R.T. Status: Verified

PV UUID: 410953C0-F94A-4925-82DE-1EE2B396A58A

Ketib Kulang - Reply

Guys, can you please tell us if we can us any kind of M2 drives ( if the format fits) . I’m looking to know the manufactures and the types as i’m avoiding to buy original Apple HDD.

Thank you.

Cristi

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