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.

$29.95 Without Bracket / Used

 

Condition:

Used, fully tested

$34.95 With Bracket / Used

 

Condition:

Used, fully tested

 

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

My daughter was told her MacBook Pro HD crashed, and was sold a new HD. She was then told her mother board was fried, and was sold a new MacBook.

My Fix

A little debugging and research, decided to order a replacement SATA HD cable (and tool kit) from IFixit. I actually ordered the wrong cable on the first go around and iFixit took total care of me! New cable solve the problem and the MacBook Pro is fully functional.

My Advice

Do the research, and fix it yourself. Don't be sold a bill of goods.

My Problem

The HD in my 2011 MacBook Pro started to fail. I decided to replace it with a 1T SDD.

My Fix

Swapping the drive was simple enough but the computer still acted odd. Sometimes booting. Sometimes hanging on boot. Sometimes it was fine.

My Advice

Searching the Internet I determined the HD cable was most likely not up to the demands of the new SSD. I first ordered a cheap replacement from Amazon that didn't work. Then I did what I should have done in the first place. I went to iFixIt and bought the proper cable... which works perfectly. Don't try to save a few dollars when you're buying important components for your computer. It's tempting but you do get what you pay for.

My Problem

One day, just out of the blue the laptop wouldn't boot, and when it did it was unbearably slow.. After quite some troubleshooting I narrowed it down to the I/O with the disk. It was either the HDD or the cable!

I tried to isolate the cable from touching the optical drive by some tape, as advised by someone on Amazon, but that didn't solve the issue. Essentially I decided to replace the cable AND the disk, opting to install a 250G SSD disk instead.

My Fix

How did the repair go? Smooth.. It's a relatively simple fix. Tiny screws and narrow spaces can be a bit annoying if you have large hands or if your fingers arent all that nimble but it's not a difficult repair by any means.

My only concern was with the adhesive on the cable; it's difficult to place the cable correctly, so I waited with removing the coating on the adhesive. The problem is, when the cable is finally in position, you can't really reach under and remove the tape. So I relied on the SSD to keep the cable in place. Hopefully I wont regret that decision.

My Advice

Do your homework: troubleshooting, read up on the fix, make sure you have everything you need BEFORE you start diving in.

My Problem

Hard drive cable was damaged

My Fix

Super easy, especially with the step by step guide that was provided on your site!

My Advice

Make sure you don't skip a step, and you'll be golden

My Problem

Initially my MacBook Pro Late 2011 failed to boot, it shows a folder with question mark on it. In internet recovery, the hard drive is not even showing up in Disk Utility.

So I thought the hard drive failed. Bought a SSD to replace the hard drive. Then I tried to install El Capitan on the empty SSD using internet recovery, target disk mode, usb installer. Non of them could finish installation. So I went to Apple Genius Bar, the guy said hardware test passed, but he still could not install the system on the SSD, it might be the SSD compatibility issue.

Upon further googling, I found out it might be the hard drive cable. So I bought an external SATA hard drive adapter to verify it. The system booted without any problem with the hard drive attached externally.

My Fix

It was actually not that hard, just follow the guidance and be careful with the fragile yellow sensor bracket cable. Use tweezers as people mentioned in the comment.

My Advice

Whenever you MacBook Pro cannot boot, consider potential problem with your hard drive cable. It obviously happens to a lot of people with a MacBook Pro mid-2012 to 2009.

My Problem

Thought it was a hard drive failure, bought a new hd only to find out it was either the cable or mb. So went the cheapest route first.

My Fix

easy

My Advice

make sure you get the cable with the little bracket that holds the hd in. Its a little more expensive but well worth it.. after I replaced mine I disconnected the old bracket from the cable (which you would have to do to replace just the cable w/o the rest of the assembly) and I could not get it back together. The cable is folded around a little tiny latch thing that attaches it to a little tiny circuit board. The way it's designed its near impossible to get it back in there and latch the cable down. I only spent about 5 mins trying to get it back together, but with some little tiny screw drivers, and A LOT of patience it may be possible. I was just glad I bought the whole assembly to begin with.

My Problem

Macbook crashed, did an online search, found ifixit youtube video of how to replace hard drive and cable. Removed hard drive and tested using a sata to usb cable. Hard drive functioned, process of elimination left the cable as the failure.

My Fix

Ordered part online, The replacement arrived in 3 business days to Northern Alberta (wow). Did the install as to the directions provided by online video and all is great now. Also replaced the hard drive with a SSD. Much faster.

My Advice

Lots of good information available to do it yourself.

My Problem

Installed new HD cable on MacBook Pro 13" successfully!

My Fix

Repair was straight forward and I did it in about Ten min.

My Advice

The cable I received was of the best quality and the part fit exactly. Thanks for your promptness.

My Problem

MBP booted up into flashing "question mark." My first thought ran to HD failure. I prayed it was not the motherboard.

My Fix

Thinking a new SSD would affect both an upgrade AND a successful repair, I tried this solution, but to no avail. I found a YouTube video where a guy says to check the ribbon cable that connects to the HD. I had already begrudgingly spent $$$ for a new SSD, and I was bristling at the thought of shelling out almost as much for the new cable. They are not cheap! But I popped that boy in there, ran the recovery, and downloaded OS X for a clean install. The rest is history, as they say.

My Advice

In my case I was fortunate to be able to do my own repair; it was as simple as using a screwdriver. I also used the opportunity to upgrade my machine by replacing old HD with a new SSD. So this was a win-win, definitely.

My Problem

Grey Folder with flashing question mark symbol when trying to boot.

Initially thought the issue was a bad HD and worried that I will loose all my data...

My Fix

Repair went super smoothly. It was just few screws and carefully placing the new cable back to the existing hard drive.

My Advice

The drive cable comes with a second piece that is used for HD light I think...that needs to be placed more carefully for the exact fit of HD.