MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Early 2011 Hard Drive Cable Replacement
Replace the hard drive cable in your Early 2011 MacBook Pro 13" Unibody.
- Author: Andrew Bookholt
- Time estimate: 25 minutes - 1 hour
- Difficulty: Moderate
Use this guide to replace a broken hard drive cable. The hard drive cable also contains the sleep LED and the IR sensor.
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Step 1 — Hard Drive Cable ¶
Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the hard drive cable connector up from its socket on the logic board.
Step 2 ¶
Remove the following four screws:
Two 3 mm Phillips screws
Two 9.7 mm Phillips screws
Step 3 ¶
Carefully peel up the thin IR sensor/sleep LED ribbon cable from the adhesive securing it to the upper case.
Step 4 ¶
Pull the front hard drive bracket containing the IR sensor/sleep LED away from the front edge of the upper case.
Step 5 ¶
Remove the hard drive cable.
Step 6 ¶
Use the tip of a spudger to flip the "lever" of the ZIF connector (left side in first photo) on the hard drive cable. The connector does not come off, see next instruction.
Gently pull the yellow sensor bracket cable out of the ZIF connector (to the right, in the second photo).
Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the hard drive cable up off the sensor bracket to which it is adhered.