MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Mid 2010 Hard Drive Replacement
Replace your hard drive.
- Author: Walter Galan
- Difficulty: Moderate
Upgrade your hard drive for more storage space!
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- 1 TB SSD Hybrid 2.5" Hard Drive, Upgrade Kit This kit contains the drive and all tools needed.
- 500 GB SSD Hybrid 2.5" Hard Drive, Upgrade Kit This kit contains the part and all tools needed.
Relevant Parts (continued)
- 256 GB Solid State Drive, Upgrade Kit This kit contains the drive and all tools needed.
- 128 GB Solid State Drive, Upgrade Kit This kit contains the part and all tools needed.
- Universal Drive Adapter
- 500 GB 5400 RPM 2.5" Hard Drive
- 320 GB 5400 RPM 2.5" Hard Drive
- 1 TB 5400 RPM 2.5" Hard Drive
- 512 GB SSD
- 1 TB SSD
Remove the following ten screws securing the lower case to the upper case:
Three 13.5 mm (14.1 mm) Phillips screws.
Seven 3 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.
Remove the two 7.4 mm Y1 Tri-Wing screws securing the battery to the upper case.
Note: For certain repairs (e.g. hard drive), removing the battery is not necessary but it prevents any accidental shorting of electronics on the motherboard. If you do not remove the battery, please be careful as parts of the motherboard might be electrified.
Use the tip of your finger to carefully peel back the corner of the warning label to reveal a hidden Tri-Wing screw.
Remove the last 7.4 mm Y1 Tri-Wing screw securing the battery to the upper case.
Lift the battery by its plastic pull tab and slide it away from the long edge of the upper case.
Tilt the battery away from the logic board 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 two Phillips screws securing the hard drive bracket to 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 its connector straight away from the hard drive.