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MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2009 Hard Drive Cable Replacement

  • Author: Walter Galan
  • Time estimate: 30 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy

This guide will show you how to replace your hard drive cable or tighten it if it is loose

Relevant Parts

Step 1 Hard Drive Cable  ¶ 

Remove the following four screws securing the hard drive and IR sensor cable to the upper case:

Step 1 Hard Drive Cable  ¶ 

  • Remove the following four screws securing the hard drive and IR sensor cable to the upper case:

  • Two 1.5 mm Phillips screws.

  • Two 9.5 mm Phillips screws.

Step 2  ¶ 

Slide the hard drive and IR sensor bracket away from the edge of the upper case. Carefully peel the hard drive and IR sensor cable from the upper case.

Step 2  ¶ 

  • Slide the hard drive and IR sensor bracket away from the edge of the upper case.

  • Carefully peel the hard drive and IR sensor cable from the upper case.

Step 3  ¶ 

Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the hard drive cable connector up off the logic board.

Step 3  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the hard drive cable connector up off the logic board.

Step 4  ¶ 

Lift the hard drive/IR sensor cable assembly out of the upper case.

Step 4  ¶ 

  • Lift the hard drive/IR sensor cable assembly out of the upper case.

  • If your replacement part does not come with the hard drive bracket and indicator light, you will need to pull those off of the part you are removing and install them on the new part.

  • Your replacement part may come with several adhesive foam bumpers. These are to ensure a snug fit of both bracket and hard drive. Apply only as needed.