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MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Late 2013 SSD Replacement

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  1. MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Late 2013 SSD Replacement, Lower Case: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the following P5 pentalobe screws securing the lower case to the MacBook Pro:

    • Eight 3.0 mm

    • Two 2.3 mm

  2. MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Late 2013 SSD Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • Lifting from the edge nearest the clutch cover, lift the lower case off the MacBook Pro.

    • Set the lower case aside.

  3. MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Late 2013 SSD Replacement, Battery Connector: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • Peel back the warning label covering the battery connector.

  4. MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Late 2013 SSD Replacement: step 4, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Late 2013 SSD Replacement: step 4, image 2 of 2
    • 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.

  5. MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Late 2013 SSD Replacement, SSD: step 5, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the single 3.1 mm T5 Torx screw securing the SSD to the logic board.

  6. MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Late 2013 SSD Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Late 2013 SSD Replacement: step 6, image 2 of 2
    • 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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According to Everymac (http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/ma...) this would not be possible for late 2013 15" retina models, with PCIe based SSD. So, will these steps also apply to that model? Just want to be really sure!

Levi

Levi - Reply

I read the whole article, and from what you have written i hope you meant about this part.

"Specifically, the "Mid-2012" and "Early 2013" models use a 6 Gb/s SATA-based SSD whereas the "Late 2013" and "Mid-2014" models use a PCIe 2.0-based SSD. These SSD modules are neither interchangeable nor backwards compatible."

If so it means you can not use an SSD meant for "Mid-2012" and "Early 2013" for a laptop of "Late 2013" and "Mid-2014" or vice-versa, they are still removable and replaceable but please do make sure that the replacement is intended for the model that you have.

Abbas Mustafa Bhaijibhai -

I have 1 TB solid state drive and I need more space if you can believe it. Hate working with externals. Is there a 2TB SSD even available for the mac that I could replace on my late 2013 15" MBP retina?

Liz - Reply

Samsung makes a 2tb and 4tb internal SSD. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078DPCY3T/ref...

Make sure you’re backing up your system to either an external drive or backblaze since you’re storing so many valuable files. Keeping it all in once place is an easy way to lose it should your drive fail or your computer need to be reset. I’ve lost all the info off my mac twice due to it needing to be reset at apple.

Nicole -

I wish I had read this BEFORE getting a hybrid 2TB replacement drive. I had no idea an SSD was so thin. There is simply no space for even a laptop Hybrid drive. I cleaned my computer a lot though, so all was not lost - and I have an external bootable backup.

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