MacBook Unibody Model A1342 Hard Drive Replacement

Replace the hard drive in your MacBook Unibody Model A1342.

When replacing your hard drive, you must transfer the Torx screws from the old drive to the new one.

Edit Step 1 Lower Case  ¶ 

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Edit Step 1 Lower Case  ¶ 

  • Remove the eight 4 mm Phillips screws securing the lower case to the MacBook.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

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Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • The lower case is constructed of rubber-coated aluminum. Do not excessively bend the aluminum during removal, as any permanent deformation will cause tolerance issues after reassembly.

  • Slightly lift the lower case near the vent opening.

  • Continue running your fingers between the lower and upper cases until the upper case pops off its retaining clips.

  • The location of these three clips is shown in the third picture.

Edit Step 3 Battery  ¶ 

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Edit Step 3 Battery  ¶ 

  • For precautionary purposes, we advise that you disconnect the battery connector from the logic board to avoid any electrical discharge. This step is optional and is not required.

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the battery connector up out of its socket on the logic board.

  • It may be easier to use your fingernails to lift up on both sides of the connector.

Edit Step 4 Hard Drive  ¶ 

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Edit Step 4 Hard Drive  ¶ 

  • Remove two 11 mm Phillips screws securing the hard drive bracket to the upper case.

  • These screws are captive in the hard drive bracket.

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

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Edit Step 5  ¶ 

  • Lift the retaining bracket out of the upper case.

  • When putting the bracket back after replacing the drive, it is easy to put in backwards. If it doesn't seat smoothly, then reverse it and try again.

Edit Step 6  ¶ 

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Edit Step 6  ¶ 

  • Lift the hard drive by its pull tab and pull it away from the upper case, minding the cable still attaching it to the logic board.

  • In some revisions of the MacBook A1342, the hard drive bracket may include two rubber brackets (as highlighted in the second picture.) The correct orientation of the rubber brackets is shown in the third picture.

Edit Step 7  ¶ 

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Edit Step 7  ¶ 

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

Edit Step 8 Hard Drive  ¶ 

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Edit Step 8 Hard Drive  ¶ 

  • Remove the two T6 Torx screws from each side of the hard drive (four screws total).

  • You'll need to transfer these screws to your new hard drive if you're changing drives.

  • If you are installing a new hard drive, we have an OS X install guide to get you up and running.

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

For more information, check out the MacBook Unibody Model A1342 device page.

Required Tools

Spudger

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T6 Torx Screwdriver

$5.95 · 50+ In stock

T6 Torx Screwdriver

$9.95 · 50+ In stock

Phillips #00 Screwdriver

$5.95 · 50+ In stock

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awesome guide! This really made it so easy to figure out exactly what I was doing. The large, sharp pictures really made me feel confident that I was doing everything properly. Thanks!

dcmcnyy, · Reply

can i install an ssd instead of a normal hd?

brian ramdhan, · Reply

Yes, absolutely. I switched mine out with a Kingston 120GB SSD.

qosmioamit,

can this model A1342 take an SSD with SATA3 instead of SATA2?

Nikhil M, · Reply

By the looks of it. The Crucial MX100 is explicitly said to be compatible and has SATA III:

http://www.ramcity.com.au/buy/crucial-mx...

Albert,

I replaced the original 250GB Hitachi hard drive with a 1TB Samsung HN-M101MBB. Everything worked fine, but now the fan is always running. Maybe the temeprature sensor of the hard drive doesn't connect with the computer?

Ralf Steikert, · Reply

Excellent guide. I'm a complete n00b when it comes to HD/SSD install so this guide was magic. With the right tools, its just so easy. After also replacing RAM, I'm looking forward to a much more pleasant and productive time with my new old 2010 Macbook :) Thanks, iFixit!

kyteflyer, · Reply

According to this page http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1651?viewl..., the 8 screws are not identical.

Can anybody tell me where each kind of screw is supposed to go?

Gregoire, · Reply

The screws on the Late 2009 are identical. The blue lock compound might make tightening some require a little more effort.

svenaustx, · Reply

Can I replace it with a SATA 3 cable?

nm, · Reply

you do not need to remove the battery when replacing the hard drive or ram

brilldoctor, · Reply

beware not to lift the connector to close of the angle, as the picture suggest it. It might broke the angle. Attack by the middle.

naamol, · Reply

Not necessary?

hikkymemo, · Reply

Be careful of the corner of the battery cable connector when trying to pry it off with the spudge. I knocked the corner of mine. No operational impact but was not very pleasing!

jljordanweb, · Reply

Not necessary, but a good idea, so as to avoid any spurious charges going through the boards...

svenaustx, · Reply

@Svenaustx - What could happen if not removing this battery? Worst case? Not a geek on this but did change RAM on my Macbook Pro "15. Can't remember disconneting the battery back then. Shouldn't it be sufficient shutting the Mac off and ensure it has been used for an hour or so before replacing RAM?

Allan Clarke,

Which screwdriver do I need for this? I can't seem to get them moving with the Philips one I used for removing the case of my Macbook.

xyasjah, · Reply

You´ll need a Phillips 00 and a Torx T6 Screwdriver

nm,

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