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Upgrade your hard drive for more storage space.

Image 1/1: Seven 3 mm Phillips screws.
  • Remove the following ten screws securing the lower case to the upper case:

    • Seven 3 mm Phillips screws.

    • Three 13.5 mm Phillips screws.

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Image 1/2: Remove the lower case and set it aside. Image 2/2: Remove the lower case and set it aside.
  • 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.

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Image 1/1: You do not necessarily have to follow steps 3-6 to remove the battery in order to replace the hard drive.  However it is recommended to remove all power sources from electronics before working on them.
  • Remove the two 5-Point Pentalobe screws along the top edge of the battery.

  • You do not necessarily have to follow steps 3-6 to remove the battery in order to replace the hard drive. However it is recommended to remove all power sources from electronics before working on them.

Question: why do you remove the battery? According to Apple's official manual, this is not required (not for the mid-2009 and not for the mid-2010 15-inch MacBook Pro) - see pages 37 ff:

http://manuals.info.apple.com/en_US/MacB...

http://manuals.info.apple.com/en_US/MacB...

alexkli - Reply

Quote from alexkli:

Question: why do you remove the battery? According to Apple's official manual, this is not required (not for the mid-2009 and not for the mid-2010 15-inch MacBook Pro) - see pages 37 ff:

http://manuals.info.apple.com/en_US/MacB...

http://manuals.info.apple.com/en_US/MacB...

I'm interested by your experience.

Did you have removed the optical drive without removing the battery ?

I'm just in this step now and if it is possible I would proceed like you because removing the battery void the warranty (and there is a sticker).

Thanks in advance.

youyou - Reply

Looks like my note to step 3 appears on all repair guides that have the same step. I meant that in the context of the hard drive replacement only.

Did you have removed the optical drive without removing the battery ?

I haven't yet done anything, waiting for my MacBook Pro 15 inch mid-2010 to arrive.

alexkli - Reply

I missed the notes and went ahead and purchased the 5 point driver for the battery before I realized it was not necessary.

I've edited the repair guide to remove the section on the battery, but I don't have the points to approve the changes.

Chris Davis -

Please note - the step about removing the battery is part of a pre-requisite guide, that is used for many of the guides, most that do require removal of the battery. Also, working inside a disassembled laptop with the battery still connected risks damaging/shorting out very expensive parts.

Eric Essen - Reply

Absolutely. To be clear -- ALL of the above discussion is ONLY in reference to replacing the hard drive.

Chris Davis -

I replaced a hard drive in a MacBook Pro of an earlier model than this without removing the battery. The hard drive wasn't right. It only worked at about half speed, and I had to replace it once more. The second time I removed the battery and all went well. The recommendation by the iFixit staff to remove the battery before working on electronic equipment is a good one.

doug - Reply

Image 1/1:
  • 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.

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Image 1/2: Do not try to completely remove the battery just yet. Image 2/2: Do not try to completely remove the battery just yet.
  • Lift the battery by its plastic pull tab and slide it away from the long edge of the upper case.

  • Do not try to completely remove the battery just yet.

Removing the battery is not necessary for the hard drive removal/replacement procedures.

Erik - Reply

My T6 (appears to be same screw driver you have - $6 on amazon for 20piece set) did NOT fit int he battery screws...not sure if I had the wrong screws or what, but I went ahead w/o battery steps and it was pretty easy.

Anthony Ettinger - Reply

I also noticed that the new SDD (from crucial) didn't have the 4 screws, so I had to move those off the old HD and onto the new one.

Anthony Ettinger -

Just had the same issue: T6 does not fit the battery screws ;-( ... but with a little bit more preassure it was possible to remove the screws.

dirkvloenwagner -

Image 1/1: Pull the battery cable connector away from its socket on the logic board and remove the battery from 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.

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Image 1/2: These screws are captive to the hard drive bracket. Image 2/2: Lift the the retaining bracket out of the upper case.
  • Remove the two Phillips screws securing the hard drive bracket to the upper case.

  • These screws are captive to the hard drive bracket.

  • Lift the the retaining bracket out of the upper case.

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Image 1/1:
  • Lift the hard drive by its pull tab and pull it out of the chassis, minding the cable attaching it to the computer.

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  • 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.

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Image 1/2: You'll need to transfer these screws to your new hard drive if you're changing drives. Image 2/2: If you are installing a new hard drive, we have an [guide|751|OS X install guide] to get you up and running.
  • Remove two T6 Torx screws from each side of the hard drive (four screws total).

  • You'll need to transfer these screws to your new hard drive if you're changing drives.

  • If you are installing a new hard drive, we have an OS X install guide to get you up and running.

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Conclusion

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

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6 Comments

Piece of cake! Didn't have the 5-point, so I left the battery alone. Finder says I have 550G of free space!

bgranquist - Reply

Very Easy. Don't need to remove the battery.

Evy Raelison - Reply

seriously the easiest repair I have done on one of my computers. My biggest worry was getting OS X reinstalled, but iFixIt made that easy as well. Can't believe a local shop wanted $300+ to do this. I spend just over $100 and got my computer back up and running myself.

sopaw22 - Reply

Hi. Does myy macBook Pro (15" Mid 2009) support Solid State Drive? I upgraded the memory with 8 gigabites, but it´s still a bit slow. I hope someone can answer soon.

Fernando Beltran - Reply

It's worth mentioning whether HDD bay supports any 2.5-inch hard drives (including SSDs) or just Toshiba hard drives.

Pavel Ovchinnikov - Reply

Simple repair — same here, left the battery alone. Just a couple FYI's for your next steps after the new hard drive is in. (This might be obvious, but I overlooked it.) I forgot to format my new drive and I wasted a few hours accidentally installing OS X on a different partition of my boot drive.

1. Once the new drive is in and your OS X boot drive presents you with installation instructions, go to "Disk Utility" first.

2. You'll see a list of drives: your new drive (congrats you installed it correctly!) as well as your boot drive

3. Select your new drive (top-most level) and click into the "Erase" options

4. Make sure you select "Mac OS X Journaled" and leave the name "Untitled" (I think these are the defaults)

5. Click "Erase"

6. Exit "Disk Utility" and install as normal. Make you select your new drive "Untitled" to install to :)

Good luck!

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