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  1. MacBook Pro 13インチ Unibodyに留められた底ケースから次のネジを10本外します。
    • MacBook Pro 13インチ Unibodyに留められた底ケースから次のネジを10本外します。

    • 3 mmプラスネジー7本

    • 13.5 mmプラスネジー3本

    Compare the short screws carefully before reinstalling them. The shouldered screws go in the holes on the front edge.

    David Kilbridge - Reply

    Before I started removing any screws I took a piece of paper and drew the bottom of the laptop and put a piece of double-sided tape in the spot where each screw goes. That way when I took out the screws, I could put them on the tape so I knew exactly which screw went in which spot. I did the same thing for dismantling the inside on another sheet of paper, then a third sheet for the screen after getting the front glass off.

    mastover - Reply

    I use a similar technique: I print out the iFixit manual for the job, and Scotch-tape down the screws/brackets/cables I remove at each step next to the component descriptions. That way, when I'm reassembling, the bits are taped right next to the photo of where they came from.

    adlerpe -

    That's exactly what I do for all my repairs! It's the best way to keep track of all of the parts ' original location and to make sure that you don't miss any parts during reassembly.

    joyitsjennie -

    Great idea and one I use often

    Thomas Overstreet -

    Excellent idea! Thanks for sharing it here.

    Laura Sharkey -

    I used a 00 that fit but the screws were very tight so I used a tiny paintbrush with some wd40 on it and put it around the edges of the screws. Worked like a charm

    valentinedhdh - Reply

  2. 取付台タブを外すため、底ケースをわずかに持ち上げて、デバイス本体の背中側に向けて押します。
    • 取付台タブを外すため、底ケースをわずかに持ち上げて、デバイス本体の背中側に向けて押します。

    In the introduction you should link fixers to this excellent doc:

    It is really critical, super easy, and free(!) to clone your existing drive onto the new one you will install. I ran into one error, but SuperDuper! support replied immediately on how to fix it...Thanks ifixit and SuperDuper! (I ponied up the $28 for the software anyway, I was so impressed!)

    Mike - Reply

  3. 作業前の注意点として、放電を防ぐためロジックボードからバッテリーコネクターの接続を外してください。
    • 作業前の注意点として、放電を防ぐためロジックボードからバッテリーコネクターの接続を外してください。

    • スパッジャーの平面側先端を使って、ロジックボード上のソケットからバッテリーコネクターを持ち上げます。

    Quote from gansodesoya:

    why is step 3 necessary?

    Just to disconnect any power source to avoid damages by short-circuits.

    MrKane - Reply

    How do you get that battery connector back on? Do you just press it in back in place after you're done?

    Horace Chung - Reply

    yes. I usually plug it in before I screw it down so I can lift the battery a bit and have enough slack to be able to go straight down on the connector, otherwise it comes in on a bit of an angle, which can't be good (though not necessarily bad).

    maccentric -

    This step almost finished me, and I did extensive damage to the battery plug. Fortunately, I later replaced the battery, and the replacement came with a new plug! :) Newbies need to know - 1. The battery plug is like a thin lip on a thicker lip, so you need to pry BETWEEN 2 thin lips to get it off, else you are trying to yank out the socket. 2. Mine was initially VERY tight, and trying to get it out broke the plastic on all sides of plug, even though I was as careful as possible. Luckily, this didn't hurt functionality and I later replaced the battery. AFTER disconnecting once, it was never so tight again,

    Jeff Diamond - Reply

  4. 上部ケースとハードドライブブラケットを固定しているプラスネジを2本外します。
    • 上部ケースとハードドライブブラケットを固定しているプラスネジを2本外します。

    • 実際、このネジはハードドライブブラケットに留められています。

  5. 上部ケースから固定ブラケットを取り出します。
    • 上部ケースから固定ブラケットを取り出します。

  6. コンピューターに留められたケーブルに注意しながらプルタブを引っ張り、ハードドライブをケースの外側に向けて取り出します。
    • コンピューターに留められたケーブルに注意しながらプルタブを引っ張り、ハードドライブをケースの外側に向けて取り出します。

  7. ハードドライブからハードドライブケーブルをまっすぐに引き出して取り出します。
    • ハードドライブからハードドライブケーブルをまっすぐに引き出して取り出します。

    I guess it's probably my fault that I broke the SATA cable during this step (unless the cable was somehow already weakened), but for anyone reading this, be extra careful. My connector was fitted really tightly, and when it finally came out it ripped the cable, which is pretty expensive in its own right (although you can get a cheaper deal on eBay).

    nitrous - Reply

  8. ハードドライブの両側からT6トルクスネジを2本ずつ外します(計4本のネジ) ハードドライブを交換する場合は、これらのネジを新しいハードドライブに移してください。
    • ハードドライブの両側からT6トルクスネジを2本ずつ外します(計4本のネジ)

    • ハードドライブを交換する場合は、これらのネジを新しいハードドライブに移してください。

    • 新しいハードドライブを装着する際は、OS X インストールガイドを参照してください。

    Does anyone know how I can get another set of the T6 screws I took out of my old HD? I forgot to save them and now my new SSD rattles around in the laptop!


    TimAndSusanna Decker - Reply

    Hi there. We sell the Screw Set for the MBP 13" Mid 09 which includes the hard drive T6 screws you require. Hope this helps.

    Walter Galan -

    For those with the boot up issues, did you create a bootable flash drive per this link: How to create a bootable USB drive

    and THEN follow the install procedure for High Sierra at this link: How to Install macOS High Sierra

    I didn’t replace my hard drive, but those seem to be crucial steps prior to replacing it.

    This document is also referenced in a comment in one of the earliest steps of this guide.

    Dan - Reply



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THANK YOU! I'm still on a high from repairing my husband's Macbook. It feels so nice to have two computers up and running again. You saved me nearly a grand, and made me realize how much I really did learn as a kid building PC towers with my dad.

emhannaford - Reply

Hi, I got the 1TB SSD Hybrid you have listed above. Regardless of what I try, my computer does not recognize it. It sees the 32GB flash drive I used for an install disk and it sees my USB external drive where I have the time machine backup. But it just can't see this drive. Is there any troubleshooting for this product? Thanks!

robbyglasco - Reply

Hi Robbyglasco, Have you been able to fix the issue? I'm having the same problem :-)

lkaravis -

I know this is a long time after the event for both of you, but for others Im pretty sure that this will be that you haven't yet formatted the SSD in Disk Utility. Before you can reinstall from Time Machine you have to go into Disk Utility and format the SSD. You get to Disk Utility from the option screen after you have booted the computer with "Command and R" (cmd-R).

Graham Crewe -

Thank you very much. This made the job much easier than it would have been if I had to figure it out for myself.

I replaced a 5 year old 320GB hard drive with a new 1TB hard drive. I first cloned the drive by attaching the new one via a USB dongle and running Carbon Copy Cloner. Then I booted the new drive via USB to confirm that it was properly cloned.

Then I followed the directions here. It took all of 15 minutes to do, because I knew exactly what to expect and had all the necessary tools on-hand. Your web site is an incredibly valuable resource. Thanks again.

David Charlap - Reply

My computer didn't recognize the 500gb seagate at first as a drive to restore onto. I had to add a new name under that in disk utility. Then went back to restore from time machine (external hard drive) and the drive was there with the new name!!

susanmyers - Reply

The HD in my mid2010 Mac was failing. I bought a replacement on eBay, 'Migrated' my files and settings to it after installing Mac OS and then booted from it via USB to check it was working. Relpacing the faulty drive was a doddle thanks to this clear, concise, accurate guide. Go raibh míle maith agat! (Gaelic for 'Thank You!')

aodhagan - Reply

I have tried to replace the hard drive of my MacBook Pro Computer mid 2010 with a Samsung 850 Evo of 500 GB 2.5 inch Solid State Drive. I have been following all the instructions given, but when I have finished and tried to install the system from a pendrive (Mac OS High Sierra) into the computer, and gone to the Disk Utilities for formatting the new SSD disk, NO INTERNAL DISK appears, this is, the new (and only) internal disk is not recognize by the computer.

Could someone help me? Is this a problem of the Samsung 850 Evo (Sata III, I think) with my Computer model? Would I need to change the SSD type or brand to get a full compatibility? Could I have done something wrong during the process?

I will appreciate very much your assistance.

Jose Luis Garcia Garrido

April 28

Jose L Garcia Garrido - Reply

I ran to the same issue before. I isolated the problem as a HDD cable issue. The newer HDD does not have propoer contact with the pins on the HDD.  I tried several HDD. I just purchased and swapped the iternal HDD cable and fixed the issue. Hope this helps your issue.

Hazel Atienza -

I used these instructions to upgrade my mid 2010 15” MBP. Absolutely spot on! Thanks for taking the mystery out of how to make this upgrade. BTW, I installed a Samsung EVO 860 500GB SSD, no cable issue (thank goodness:-).

KenT - Reply

Will I need a spacer for a SSD replacement since it is only 7mm, not 9.5mm, or will the drive bracket hold it firmly in place? Thanks

Pam Dooner - Reply

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