MacBook Pro 13" Unibody (Mid 2009/Mid 2010) Hard Drive Cable

$44.95

Product code: IF163-013
Apple Part #: 922-9062, 821-0814-A

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MacBook Pro 13" Unibody (Mid 2009/Mid 2010) Hard Drive Cable

$44.95

Product code: IF163-013
Apple Part #: 922-9062, 821-0814-A

Product Overview

Fix an unrecognized drive in your Macbook Unibody

  • Replacement SATA cable for 13" Unibodies
  • This cable can wear out, causing connection problems.

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

This part only works in the A1278 MacBook Pro Mid 2009/Mid 2010. It will not work for the A1278 MacBook or any other MacBook Pro.

Compatibility

Identify your Mac

  • All Mid 2009 and Mid 2010 13" Unibody MacBook Pros

Product Details

  • Model: A1278

$44.95 With Bracket / New

 

Condition:

New

Notes:

Has IR sensor, indicator light and hard drive bracket attached.

$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

Notes:

Has IR sensor, indicator light and hard drive bracket attached.

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Replacement Guides

MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2009

Difficulty: Moderate

MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2010

Difficulty: Moderate

 

Compatibility

MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2009
2.26 GHz (Mid 2009)
2.53 GHz (Mid 2009)
MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2010
2.4 GHz (Mid 2010)
2.66 GHz (Mid 2010)
 

Stories

My Problem

When turned on MacBook Pro can't find HDD so MacOS can't boot.

My Fix

Just removed the old flex cable and put the new one.

My Advice

My advice is not to blend the flex. Install it without blend and do not put those 2 screws on it. If blended it can fail again soon.

My Problem

The MBP-2012 hard drive failed. I bought (2) 1 TB SSD/HDD hybrid drives to upgrade both laptops at the same time. Incidentally I also bought RAM upgrades since I'd already have the case open.

My Fix

The repair procedure was bumpy and required a second order for additional parts.

The RAM upgrades were the easiest task and the MBP-2012 now has 8GB RAM while the MBP-2010 now has 16GB RAM (max allowed under latest MacOS).

The new SSD/HDD hybrid drives did not work in the HDD bays of either MBP. There is an article somewhere on the web that stated 2009 and early 2010 MBP HDD cables were not designed for SATA 6.0 and would not work because the data was too fast. And it turned out that the "broken" HDD worked just fine but the MBP-2012 cable was broken. All four drives worked well and booted from the external USB port but all were very slow (USB 2.0). Sent off for a dual drive enclosure to replace optical drive in the MBP-2010 as well as a new drive cable for the MBP-2012. New cable did NOT fit the MBP-2010 and YOU SHOULD BE CAREFUL ABOUT WHICH HDD CABLE YOU BUY IF YOU ALSO HAVE A MBP-2009 OR 2010. Also, the external USB-to-SATA cable that came with the dual drive kit didn't work, no optical disks mount on the desktop and disks eject from external optical drive.

Final result: MBP-2010 has original HDD in original slot plus 1TB SSD/HDD hybrid drive in former optical drive bay.

MBP-2012 has original HDD in original slot on new drive cable, same optical drive in original bay, and 1TB SSD/HDD hybrid drive "surplus" on external USB for Time Machine backups.

Cost: roughly twice what it would have been if I had tested my devices before ordering parts. Let that be a lesson to save your money in future.

Cheers!

My Advice

Don't assume that a part is broken until you take it out and test it. If I had known the hard drive cables were so flimsy I would have first tested each drive in the other laptop and saved myself about half the repair cost.

My Problem

No boot on both macbook pro

My Fix

5 min to open the notebook

5 min to replace the part

5 min to restart my macbook

My Advice

clean inside the macbook before

My Problem

Super long start up attempt resulted in slashed circle. Internet search suggested the drive cable as a problem. Ifixit had the parts, they were inexpensive, order and shipping prompt and simple, cool ifixit app gave precise instructions and ,voilà!, I'm back in business in 4 days!

My Fix

As noted above: fast, well documented = success!

My Advice

Go to ifixit first!

My Problem

HD (almost brandnew SSD) did not work suddenly. Did not know where the problem is. HD or cable or board? Now I´m happy it was only the cable. I'm very happy with IFIXIT too!

My Fix

Just a few screws and connecting the cable, thats it.

My Advice

It would be great, if there were faster shipment-possibilities. Ig you need your Mac for work, every day counts.

My Problem

My assumption was that I had damaged my hard drive cable during an attempt to upgrade my old hard drive to an SSD.

My Fix

The repair was straight forward and the guide provided a complete an illustrated pathway to success.

My Advice

Upgrade your old computer with new ram and an SSD drive, it's like getting a new computer. It cost me around $500 total which is about a grand less than buying new, and it's better for the environment (I think).

My Problem

About a year ago I replaced the HD in my kids MacBook Pro with a faster SSD version AND upgrade memory... did this without a hitch and then the HD started to misbehave... worked in an external boot but not in its slot in the machine. Tried SOFTWARE solutions but it had to be the cable... so got one from I-Fixit and used the guide... all done now and the machine is back in form.

My Fix

Not too bad at all... the guide needs an update as key parts are in the comments -- it's the tiny orange ribbon cable that's the key... I had to rig up a magnifying glass to be able to see the clip properly. If YOU do this repair make sure you look in the comments for key info on the IR ribbon cable connector.

My Advice

Ooops, I put my advice in the previous section... it's the ribbon cable to the IR that's the toughest piece. I also put some electrical tape on the base of the machine to avoid any future chafing of the HD cable.

Good luck!

My Problem

MBP 13" wouldn't recognize there was a hard drive installed.

My Fix

Piece of cake, no issues.

My Advice

Skip the frustration of the Apple Store, and IFIXIT.

My Problem

Macbook pro was booting to home a flashing file folder, trying to recover showed now hard drive. Ran hardware diagnostics and there were no issues found, and tried replacing the hard drive with a new one. No dice. Last ditch effort before going to apple and getting hosed down for a new logic board was the cable. The internet and iFixit users had a lot of reports of this resolving their issue. I was skeptical because I don't really understand how a fixed cable would go bad, but c'est la vie.

My Fix

Process was straight forward. iFixit recommends pulling the battery and a bunch of other work that I didn't find necessary. You can remove the upper half of the top hard drive bracket and the bottom hard drive bracket and that should be enough to get the old cable out and the new one in. My cable was a little bit long, I'm worried about that causing problems over the long term, but it fit back in the case so if it can limp this 5 year old laptop a long for $50 and another year or two then that's fine. I went ahead and installed the new hard drive instead of the original one with a hybrid drive that has 1tb (previous was like 320gb or something tiny). Apple Migration Assistant did the rest using a usb to sata cable.

My Advice

If you are having a similar problem I would recommend testing the old harddrive using a usb to sata cable in order to make sure it's not the drive before trying to replace it. Use the free tools that Apple provides before just jumping into a $50 cable. Isolate all of the other likely suspects first. Our repair ended up being $130 total because of the new drive, but the new drive wasn't strictly necessary and I wish I would have thought to check that down first.

My Problem

my buddies MacBook Pro would turn on, but go straight to a folder with a question mark. it also seem to be heating up really fast, so I thought maybe the heat was causing the issue. the main reason I was believing that, was because when I cooled down the the MacBook, it would start to load OS, but then once it reaches a certain temperature it would freeze and stop loading. I was finally able to troubleshoot that out by noticing that the third time I cooled it down it stopped loading the OS and went straight to the folder with the question mark. same with the fourth and fifth time, which confirms that it was the hard drive cable that was failing.

My Fix

swapped out the cable, turned it on, worked first try.

My Advice

troubleshooting saved me time, which resulted in me making money and a good customer review. I was able to test enough, that when I ordered that part, I was 95% sure it was going to work. Test as much as you can on your own and read all you can so you can filter through all possibilities and be able to land on one if possible.