MacBook Unibody Model A1278 Hard Drive Replacement
This guide has been found to be exceptionally cool by the iFixit staff.
- Author: Andrew Bookholt
- Time required: Example: 15 to 30 minutes
- Difficulty: Easy
When replacing your hard drive, you must transfer the Torx screws from the old drive to the new one.
Embed this guide
With the HTML code below, you can embed this guide as a small widget on your website.
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.
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.
Remove the single Phillips screw securing the hard drive bracket to the upper case.
This screw is captive to the hard drive bracket.
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.
Remove the hard drive from its cable by pulling the cable connector straight away from the drive.