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

Warranty:

One year warranty

$39.95 Without Bracket / New

 
 

Condition:

New

Warranty:

One year warranty

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.

$29.95 With Bracket / Used

 
 

Condition:

Used, fully tested

Warranty:

One year warranty

 

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

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.

My Problem

My Macbook began beaching balling a few months ago and eventually showed the question mark folder on startup. I swapped out my drive to test and discovered that the cable was broken (rather than the drive itself) so I bought a cable on iFixit, received it real quick, and fixed the problem in less than 10 minutes. I even got a small speed boost. Thanks!

My Fix

Repair was quick and easy. Took around 10 minutes (maybe less) Followed the guide on iFixit and was back and running in no time. On top of that I noticed a small speed boost since my broken cable was degrading performance.

My Advice

Don't jump to the worst case conclusion. Im glad I didn't go out and buy a $200 hard drive to fix a problem that was only a $50 fix.

My Problem

My MacBook Pro could t find my internal hard drive

My Fix

Repair was very simple as there are lots of diagrams and videos on how to repair this part.

My Advice

Do this repair yourself and save hundreds of dollars

My Problem

My hard drive cable broke, which is the second time in the last year that this has happened to me. Thankfully, this time around, I was right in assuming that just the cable broke and not the hard drive itself (I confirmed this theory by taking my hd out and putting it into a hard drive reader). And, this time I knew right what to do.

My Fix

Ordered the cable on a Tuesday night and got it on Thursday. Took my less than five minutes to switch it out (though, it would have been shorter if I wouldn't have forgot to plug the battery back in BEFORE screwing the back plate on.)

My Advice

Wish I knew why my my Mac seems to be going through hd cables so fast. Does anyone else have this problem with an early/late 2011 Macbook Pro? Oh well, iFixit made it a quick repair. Now just hoping this cable will last longer than a year...

My Problem

I had tripped outside and dropped my MacBook *yay* and was Mac-less for about 5 months #FirstWorldProbzzz but it was hard since all of my graphic design stuff was done on it. Anyway, I decided this wouldn't happen to me again and decided to self-install a SSD. Well, my MacBook wouldn't recognize my disk (which in retrospect, I think it was because it needed to be formatted but cest la vie, right?) and after reading forums online, decided to order a new SATA cable from IFIXIT

My Fix

Super easy, instructions were helpful and easy to follow. I can definitely say I was nervous when after all of this my disk still wasn't identified by my computer. But once I read someone mentioning formatting their disk, and I did that, it changed everything. Even if I didn't need a new SATA cable, I feel bomb knowing I have a new drive and a new cable - this baby better last foreverrrrr. I'm really glad I went ahead and got the cable - I can rest easy.

My Advice

If you are having doubts about your cable, go ahead and get a new one anyway. At best, you were right, it was your cable and now all is well in your world. At worst, you didn't necessarily need it but now you have a brand new cable and should be fine for a long, long time.

My Problem

You know as much as apple would like to think they are the shiznit. All their parts come from the same companies in china and Taiwan as the rest of of the electronics, computers and devices. So from time to time you get the that one particular model that has that one faulty part that keeps the laptop from working, in this case it was the hard drive to logic board ribbon cable

My Fix

This was a very simple repair (quite surprising considering that apple is usually a #@$&!! To work on and repair.) the only hard part about this was diagnosing this cable as the problem being that there is no sign of any damage or breakage on it.

My Advice

Just love being able to repair. Because not everybody can. (Job security) ;)

My Problem

This machine has been cursed. After multiple hard drive replacements, I finally upgraded to an SSD. I thought that had solved all of my problems, but within a month, the machine started crashing again and getting the question mark on boot up. I diagnosed the problem as a bad hard drive cable. I found the cheapest replacement I could on Amazon. It arrived in a plain padded shipping envelope, without any rigid reinforcement. Of course, within 2 weeks, the machine was failing to boot again.

My Fix

I ordered iFixit's cable, and returned the Amazon cable for a refund (thank you Amazon). iFixit's cable arrived packed in a box with plenty of adequate padding. The replacement took less than 10 minutes, and the computer is humming along nicely now!

My Advice

Don't cheap out on the replacement cable!

The actual replacement is very simple and quick.