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Introduction

Use this guide to upgrade or replace the solid-state drive in a MacBook Pro 15” Early 2013. 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.

  1. Remove the following P5 pentalobe screws securing the lower case to the MacBook Pro:
    • Remove the following P5 pentalobe screws securing the lower case to the MacBook Pro:

    • Eight 3.0 mm

    • Two 2.3 mm

  2. Lifting from the edge nearest the clutch cover, lift the lower case off the MacBook Pro.
    • Lifting from the edge nearest the clutch cover, lift the lower case off the MacBook Pro.

    • Set the lower case aside.

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  4. Peel back the warning label covering the battery connector.
    • Peel back the warning label covering the battery connector.

  5. Using the flat end of a spudger, gently pry the battery connector straight up out of its socket on the logic board. Bend the battery cables back and out of the way, ensuring that the battery connector doesn't accidentally make contact with the logic board.
    • Using the flat end of a spudger, gently pry the battery connector straight up out of its socket on the logic board.

    • Bend the battery cables back and out of the way, ensuring that the battery connector doesn't accidentally make contact with the logic board.

  6. Remove the single 3.1 mm T5 Torx screw securing the SSD to the logic board.
    • Remove the single 3.1 mm T5 Torx screw securing the SSD to the logic board.

  7. Slightly lift the rightmost side of the SSD and firmly slide it straight away out of its socket on the logic board. Slightly lift the rightmost side of the SSD and firmly slide it straight away out of its socket on the logic board.
    • Slightly lift the rightmost side of the SSD and firmly slide it straight away out of its socket on the logic board.

Conclusion

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

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10 Comments

Where is the left fan in the pic? Please tell me I don't need to remove the fan before doing the replacement.

Ethan - Reply

I see that for all the guides for all the MBP models with solid state storage, the battery is disconnected before the solid state storage is removed. Why?

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Traditional hard drives and SSDs don't have to have their batteries disconnected before removing...do they?

Hobowan Kenobi - Reply

You should remove it. It's just good practice when doing anything internal on any laptop.

farleyaustin -

这个ssd的接口是什么呢?我应该购买什么型号的ssd能适配这个,怎么筛选?

lizhao - Reply

Can I update my SSD to 1TB from 512GB? RMBP 2013 Early

FAN Guoxing - Reply

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