MacBook Pro 13" Unibody (Early 2011/Late 2011) Hard Drive Cable

$44.95

Product code: IF163-026
Apple Part #: 922-9771, 821-1226-A

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MacBook Pro 13" Unibody (Early 2011/Late 2011) Hard Drive Cable

$44.95

Product code: IF163-026
Apple Part #: 922-9771, 821-1226-A

Product Overview

Fix an unrecognized drive in your MacBook.

Connects hard drive to logic board.

May include optional set of 5 rubber strips that provide additional protection during jostling and movement of the hard drive/computer.

Compatibility

Identify your Mac

  • All Early 2011 13" Unibody MacBook Pros
  • All Late 2011 13" Unibody MacBook Pros

Product Details

  • Model: A1278

$44.95 With Bracket / New

 

Condition:

New

$39.95 Without Bracket / New

 

Condition:

New

Notes:

Has the IR sensor but no indicator light or hard drive bracket attached. The indicator light and hard drive bracket can easily be swapped from an existing part.

$34.95 With Bracket / Used

 

Condition:

Used, fully tested

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Replacement Guides

MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Early 2011

Difficulty: Moderate

MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Late 2011

Difficulty: Moderate

 

Compatibility

MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Early 2011
2.3 GHz (Early 2011)
2.7 GHz (Early 2011)
MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Late 2011
2.4 GHz (Late 2011)
2.8 GHz (Late 2011)
 

Stories

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My Problem

When I got the dreaded "flashing ?", I thought it was the Hard Drive and replaced the drive. That didn't fix the problem, so I assumed it was most likely the cable and ordered it from iFixit. To make the install a bit easier, I got the cable with the IR sensor/sleep LED bracket already attached. I also added electrical tape over and under the new cable to protect it.

My Fix

The repair was easy and went very well, and best of all, it fixed the problem. I booted the computer up in OS X Internet Recovery mode and restored the system. It's working fine.

My Advice

I'm a 73-year-old women. If I can do this, anyone can. Read the instructions, watch the videos, and just do it

My Problem

i couldn't initiate my mac because it couldn't find the hard drive.

My Fix

very easy with all details that IFIXIT gave.

it took me average 20 min because i'm working carefully.

My Advice

Follow the instructions by IFIXIT and all will be good.

My Problem

My wife's macbook would not boot. The hard drive was not found. I put the drive in an external enclosure and attached it to my PC to test the drive which turned out was fine. Therefore I knew it had to be something in the macbook that was the problem. I read online that many people had this drive cable issue so I ordered a new one to see if that would fix it. The original cable looked fine but what the heck.

My Fix

The repair is a no brainer. Easy-peasy. Take off the back, remove the hard drive, replace the cable, reinstall the hard drive and replace the back. Oh, and it turns out the cable was the problem :)

My Advice

Take care to organize the little tiny screws that you remove to make sure they are not lost and you know exactly which ones go where. Don't over-tighten. Snug is good enough. Also, get the complete replacement cable with all the bits. Re-using any part is just asking for trouble.

My Problem

At a random point when my Macbook was up and running, it suddenly froze. After I powered it off and tried to restart it, I saw the blinking folder with the question mark (indicating that it couldnt detect an operating system). At first thought it was the hard drive (HDD), but after putting a brand new one in and getting the same result, realized that the HDD wasnt the problem. Through this entire process, I was always able to boot the laptop from a disc in the optical drive, so I deduced that the logic board, processor, disc drive, original HDD, etc. were all working fine. Multiple message boards on the web strongly suggested that in this case, the malfunctioning component is most likely the SATA cable that connects the HDD to the logic board.

My Fix

The replacement was quick and self-explanatory. It took 5 min at most. Its been 2 days since the repair and the laptop has worked beautifully since then.

iFixit.com was the only place on the web that I could find a new cable (no other DIY suppliers had any in stock). The price was reasonable, and the part was delivered in 3 days.

My Advice

Before ordering anything, determine what year your macbook is (early 2011, late 2011, 2012, 2013, etc.) and also what type (unibody, etc.). The SATA cable for each one is different. Your SATA cable may come with a built-in IR sensor that will replace the old one.

Wear rubber gloves when handling any component in order to protect them from static electricity and body oils (which cause corrosion).

Follow the instructions at iFixit.com ( https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/MacBook+Pro... ) and everything should go just fine.

good luck

My Problem

As many here I wasn't able to boot my MacBook. A flashing folder appeared and disk utility never detected my HDD so I was worried that my drive was completely dead.

My Fix

I not only replaced the hard drive cable, I replaced the HDD with a SDD and removed the optical drive and placed another SDD with a bracket for the optical drive. The result is a high performance MacBook with two SSD in RAID 0.

You can see the assembling of the parts here: https://www.facebook.com/omanamafla/vide...

My Advice

You must have a good technical advice, first I thought the problem was in the HDD but I was wrong, It was the cable.

My Problem

My Early 2011 MBPro would not boot past the login screen so diagnosed the problem as a faulty HD cable. I could access the HD from another machine but was particularly anxious to get the past Mail history. I paid for FedEx, so the price almost doubled, but it was worth it for peace of mind.

My Fix

I had tried a fix with electric tape (something I saw on YouTube), this did not work at all, so I was a little nervous that the new cable might not work. It did. VERY thankful. In the meantime, I bought a newer MCPro but stupidly did not upgrade the storage from 128 so am hampered by that issue. One thing at a time.

My Advice

The cable was easy to install but the hardest part was getting the tape off of the two pieces of cable. I had to pry it off with my fingernails and tug a lot harder than I would have liked. Making a tab on the tape for easy removal would have helped.

My Problem

An early 2011 mac would not boot any longer. I was able to boot with an external drive. Then replaced the hard drive, but it would not recognize the new hard drive either. I figured it was the SATA cord, and ordered a new one.

My Fix

Replacing the SATA cord took 15 minutes total! Very easy, then I put the original hard drive back in and my machine is back to normal.

My Advice

Use the guides, but this is a very easy fix!

My Problem

Device was stating no usable hard drive available when I would boot the device. At first I figured it was the HD. However, with a little research I learned the cable itself often had problems.

My Fix

Simple. Took the back of the mac. Unscrewed the hard drive and cable and screwed in the new one. Turned the machine on and good as new.

My Advice

It is really a simple job. Don't be scared.

My Problem

i was getting the folder when you start the macbook pro. i was worry that the mac had failed me. i haven't had good luck with laptops. then i start looking around and found this has happen to a lot of people, almost all the time it was the cable. came across fixit and found the video on how to change it, and look very easy so order the part from ifixit.

My Fix

this was really easy to change out took about 15-20min

My Advice

watch the video and find out how easy it is change out the hard drive cable. a lot cheaper then sending it back to apple

My Problem

My MacBook Pro HDD stopped responding; which was a particular problem since that was the startup disk. I tested the HDD with an external SATA-USB connector and found that it was functioning normally, pointing to a HD cable failure.

My Fix

Opened up the case, followed the instructions and it went smoothly. Took me about 15minutes to swap out the HD cable and boot up.

My Advice

Follow the instructions closely, use appropriate tools and keep the screws separate. Make sure you can fit the cable into the HDD enclosure before you remove the adhesive paper. Optional: If you have a 2011MBP and have not yet swapped out your HDD for an SSD, this might be a good time to do so.