MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Mid 2009 Hard Drive Replacement
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- Author: Andrew Bookholt
- Difficulty: Moderate
Upgrade your hard drive for more storage space.
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- Universal Drive Adapter
Remove the following ten screws securing the lower case to the upper case:
Seven 3 mm Phillips screws.
Three 13.5 mm Phillips screws.
Using both hands, lift the lower case near the vent to pop it off two clips securing it to the upper case.
Remove the lower case and set it aside.
Use the tip of a spudger to bend back the finger of the "Warning: Do not remove the battery" sticker while you remove third five-point Pentalobe screw hidden underneath.
Lift the battery by its plastic pull tab and slide it away from the long edge of the upper case.
Tilt the battery back enough to access the battery cable connector.
Pull the battery cable connector away from its socket on the logic board and remove the battery from the upper case.
Remove the two Phillips screws securing the hard drive bracket to the upper case.
Lift the the retaining bracket out of the upper case.
Lift the hard drive by its pull tab and pull it out of the chassis, minding the cable attaching it to the computer.
Remove the hard drive cable by pulling the hard drive straight away from the connector. Keep the connector steady. If pulled by the connector, it can be pulled too far and accidentally tear the hard drive cable.