Introduction

Use this guide to replace a hard drive cable that is torn or has broken connectors.

  1. Remove the following ten screws securing the lower case to the upper case:
    • Remove the following ten screws securing the lower case to the upper case:

      • Three 13.5 mm Phillips screws.

      • Seven 3 mm Phillips screws.

  2. Wedge your fingers between the lower case and the vent, and lift upward to release the two clips holding the lower case to the upper case.
    • Wedge your fingers between the lower case and the vent, and lift upward to release the two clips holding the lower case to the upper case.

      • During reassembly, carefully align the lower case and then press it firmly until both clips engage.

    • Remove the lower case.

    • Whenever working near the logic board, it is always wise to first disconnect the battery to avoid short circuits.

    • If present, grab the plastic tab attached to the battery connector and pull it toward the front edge of the device. For Late-2011 models the battery connector will not have a tab and is simply a plug that inserts straight down into the motherboard--to remove pry the plug straight up.

    • If the plastic tab is missing, use a spudger to pry the connector up from its socket.

    • Pull the tab parallel to the face of the logic board.

    • Remove the two Phillips screws securing the hard drive bracket to the upper case.

    • These screws are captive to the hard drive bracket.

    • Remove the hard drive bracket from the upper case.

    • Use the hard drive's pull tab to lift it out of the upper case.

    • Don't try to completely remove the hard drive just yet! Its cable is still connected.

    • Pull the hard drive connector away from the body of the hard drive.

    • Remove the hard drive from your MacBook Pro.

    • Remove the following four screws securing the hard drive cable assembly to the upper case:

      • Two 1.6 mm Phillips screws securing the shield that covers the hard drive cable connector.

      • Two 2.2 mm Phillips screws securing the hard drive cable connector to the upper case.

    • Remove the shield from the logic board.

    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the hard drive connector up and out of its socket on the logic board.

    • Lift the hard drive cable out of the upper case.

Conclusion

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

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