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Introduction

Use this guide to upgrade or replace the solid-state drive in a MacBook Pro 13” Mid 2014. This MacBook Pro uses a proprietary storage drive connector, and is therefore not compatible with common M.2 drives without the use of an adapter.

Before you perform this repair, if at all possible, back up your existing SSD. Then, either familiarize yourself with internet recovery or create a bootable external drive so you’ll be ready to install macOS onto your new drive and migrate your data to the new SSD.

Finally, we strongly recommend installing macOS 10.13 High Sierra (or a later macOS) before replacing the original SSD from your MacBook Pro. Most new SSDs require updated storage drivers not found in versions of macOS prior to High Sierra.

    • 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

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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".

Conclusion

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

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Hello

Can you confirm that the ssd for the macbook pro mid 2014 really is replaceable?

I hear rumours that the ssd is stuck to the motherbord.

Pieter Baeyens - Reply

I changed the MacBook Pro 13' Mid 2014 SSD successfully from 120GB to 1000GB. Follow all the steps provided and everything will be fine.

Syafiq Sufi -

I spoke with an apple expert at the genius bar and they said that the SSD is Soldered into the motherboard itself. Which is why I bought another MacBook pro for $1500 after mine had corrupted. Once I was informed you could change it out, I filed a complaint with Apple's Tech Support, which they did nothing about and said that their employees were uninformed.

Joe Wilkie -

Yes, I just replaced my MBP Mid 2014 128GB SSD with 480GB SSD. So, I can confirm it works.

Pasi Kivikangas -

Why is it necessary to disconnect the battery for the SSD replacement?

Robert Kelly - Reply

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