MacBook Pro 17" Models A1151 A1212 A1229 and A1261 Hard Drive Replacement
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Replace the hard drive in your MacBook Pro 17" Model A1151, A1212, A1229, or A1261.
- Author: iRobot
- Difficulty: Moderate
You can install hard drives up to 9.5mm thick.
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- 500 GB 5400 RPM 2.5" Hard Drive
- 500 GB 7200 RPM 2.5" Hard Drive
- 750 GB 7200 RPM Seagate SATA Hard Drive (New)
- MacBook Pro 17" (Model A1151) Hard Drive Cable
- MacBook Pro 17" (Models A1212 A1229) Hard Drive Cable
Relevant Parts (continued)
- MacBook Pro 17" (Model A1261) Hard Drive Cable
- MacBook Pro 17" (Model A1151) Hard Drive Bracket
- MacBook Pro 17" (Models A1212/A1229/A1261) Hard Drive Bracket
- Universal Drive Adapter
- 320 GB 5400 RPM 2.5" Hard Drive
- 500 GB SSD Hybrid 2.5" Hard Drive
- 1 TB 5400 RPM 2.5" Hard Drive
- 128 GB SSD
- 256 GB SSD
- 512 GB SSD
- 1 TB SSD
Use your fingers to push both battery release tabs away from the battery and lift the battery out of the computer.
Remove the four identical Phillips 3.4 mm screws from the memory door. These screws have 4 mm diameter heads rather than the 3 mm heads on the body screws.
Lift the memory door up enough to get a grip on it, and slide it toward you, pulling it away from the casing.
Remove the three Phillips screws in the battery compartment near the latch. Apple was nice enough to tilt these screws at a slight angle to make them easier to remove. On the A1261 these screws have 4 mm diameter heads rather than the 3 mm heads on the body screws.
Remove the following six screws:
Two 14.5 mm T6 Torx screws on either side of the RAM slot.
Four 3.4 mm Phillips screws along the hinge.
Rotate the computer 90 degrees and remove the two Phillips screws from the rear of the computer.
Rotate the computer 90 degrees again and remove the four Phillips screws from the side of the computer.
Lift up the back of the case and work your fingers along the sides, freeing the case as you go. Once you have freed the sides, you may need to rock the case up and down to free the front of the upper case.
Disconnect the trackpad and keyboard ribbon cable from the logic board.
Remove the upper case.
Peel up the orange ribbon cable taped to the top of the hard drive. This cable is still connected to the hard drive, so you will only be able to lift up on the cable a little.
Remove the two T6 Torx screws securing the hard drive retaining bracket to the lower case.
Lift the hard drive by tilting it from the right hand side, then lift it gently out of the lower case.
If present, remove the piece of tape holding the hard drive connector in its socket on the hard drive.
Remove the two silver T6 Torx screws and white (or black) rubber bumpers from the right side of the hard drive.