Introduction

Use this guide to replace a dead hard drive.

Video Overview

  1. Remove the following ten screws:
    • Remove the following ten screws:

      • Three 14.4 mm Phillips #00 screws

      • Three 3.5 mm Phillips #00 screws

      • Four 3.5 mm shouldered Phillips #00 screws

      • When replacing the small screws, align them perpendicular to the slight curvature of the case (they don't go straight down).

  2. Use your fingers to pry the lower case away from the body of the MacBook near the vent. Remove the lower case.
    • Use your fingers to pry the lower case away from the body of the MacBook near the vent.

    • Remove the lower case.

  3. Use the edge of a spudger to pry the battery connector upwards from its socket on the logic board. It is useful to pry upward on both short sides of the connector to "walk" it out of its socket. Be careful with the corners of the connectors, they can be easily broken off.
    • Use the edge of a spudger to pry the battery connector upwards from its socket on the logic board.

    • It is useful to pry upward on both short sides of the connector to "walk" it out of its socket. Be careful with the corners of the connectors, they can be easily broken off.

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  5. Bend the battery cable slightly away from its socket on the logic board so it does not accidentally connect itself while you work.
    • Bend the battery cable slightly away from its socket on the logic board so it does not accidentally connect itself while you work.

  6. Remove the two Phillips screws securing the hard drive bracket to the upper case.
    • Remove the two Phillips screws securing the hard drive bracket to the upper case.

    • These screws will remain attached to the hard drive bracket.

  7. Remove the hard drive bracket.
    • Remove the hard drive bracket.

    • The hard drive bracket may be firmly seated against the upper case.

  8. Use the attached pull tab to lift the hard drive out of the upper case.
    • Use the attached pull tab to lift the hard drive out of the upper case.

    • Don't try to completely remove the hard drive just yet. It is still attached to the hard drive cable.

  9. Pull the hard drive cable away from the body of the hard drive. Remove the hard drive.
    • Pull the hard drive cable away from the body of the hard drive.

    • Remove the hard drive.

  10. Remove the four 6.0 mm T6 Torx hard drive retaining posts from the sides of the hard drive. Transfer the hard drive retaining posts to your new hard drive.
    • Remove the four 6.0 mm T6 Torx hard drive retaining posts from the sides of the hard drive.

    • Transfer the hard drive retaining posts to your new hard drive.

    • If desired, transfer the pull tab over 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 you upgraded your EFI Firmware ROM you can also perform an internet recovery.

Conclusion

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

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Phillip Takahashi

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19 Comments

Is there any specific order that's best for putting back the screws?

wtfjackiass - Reply

Start with the corners but after that it dose not matter

William Stadler -

Is it possible that my early 2011 macbook pro has T7 screws on the hd instead of the mentioned T6?

I tried removing the screws with a T6 and no luck, the driver seems to be too small. Thanks

Juan Carvajal - Reply

Did everything as instructed for a new drive and now constantly getting three beeps. Can't resolve it. Apple says my RAM is wrong but I didn't touch it!

Matt Davis - Reply

How do you install the Operating system once this has been done?

xdragoons - Reply

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