Introduction

Replacing the hard drive on a Unibody is simple - it only requires removing one screw!

  1. With the case closed, place the Unibody top-side down on a flat surface.
    • With the case closed, place the Unibody top-side down on a flat surface.

    • Depress the grooved side of the access door release latch enough to grab the free end. Lift the release latch until it is vertical.

    This is not a a1278 unibody MacBook Pro. A1278 MacBooks backs are one solid metal piece not two separate pieces. This guide is for a different MacBook Pro.

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  2. The access door should now be raised enough to lift it up and out of the Unibody.
    • The access door should now be raised enough to lift it up and out of the Unibody.

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    • Be sure the access door release latch is vertical before proceeding.

    • Grab the white plastic tab and pull the battery up and out of the Unibody.

    Great tutorial ! great step !

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    • Remove the single Phillips screw securing the hard drive bracket to the upper case.

    • This screw is captive to the hard drive bracket.

    My Phillips #00 screwdriver does not fit here. In fact, I´ve tried every Phillips screwdriver I have. Nothing fits. I am losing my mind trying to get that screw out.

    Glenn Gukild - Reply

    Turns out I have a stripped screw...

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    • Lift the hard drive by its pull tab enough to grab and remove the retaining bracket.

    • Lift the hard drive out of the chassis, minding the cable attaching it to the computer.

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    • Remove the hard drive from its cable by pulling the cable connector straight away from the drive.

    • Hard drive remains.

    Is this SATA 1, 2 or 3? I'm buying a SSD and am wondering if it would take advantage of Sata 3.

    Eugene - Reply

    I'm also considering an SSD, any help with this question?

    bryanlatchford - Reply

    I did some some looking around for specs at everymac.com and I came up with this.

    http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/ma...

    From the link there it says the SATA interface is 3Gb/s, which would be SATA II.

    As for whether or not an SSD is worth it on SATA II, I found a Tom's Hardware article which explains the problem a little bit more.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-...

    Hope this helps!

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Conclusion

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

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