MacBook Pro 13" Unibody (Model A1278 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 (Model A1278 Early 2011/Late 2011) Hard Drive Cable

$44.95

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

Product Overview

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

$44.95 New / With Bracket

 
 

Condition:

New

Warranty:

One year warranty

$29.95 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

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.

My Problem

My Intel 335 series SSD began to have very slow read and write speeds. Slower HDs and SSDs worked find in my macbook, but my much higher throughput SSD had poor performance. The Intel SSD worked fine in different computer. This lead me to believe the SATA cable was bad in the MacBook.

My Fix

The replacement of the cable was very easy and it completely fixed the read and write speed issues I was having.

My Advice

The repair is really easy, so don't worry even if you don't have much experience.

My Problem

I was at Melbourne Airport working on my MBP as I waited for the plane to depart when it froze and shut itself down. Turning it back on, a grey folder with a question mark came up. I tried to restart it and the same result, grey folder and question mark. Searching google, it would appear that the hard drive had failed and I should back up my data immediately. Thinking this was so, I bought a replacement SSD hard drive and plugged it in, it could not be read and the puter was also telling me this brand new drive was failing! After some more digging, I found a possible reason, the hard drive cable itself has failed.

My Fix

So I ordered the replacement part and it came in no time, even to the bottom of the South Island of New Zealand! The iFixit walkthrough was great and I replaced the cable with no trouble at all. Guess what, it worked. The hard drive was not corrupt or failing, it was the cable in the end.

My Advice

I am not too sure why the hard drive cable failed, when it did, it threw an error that was not entirely true, a failing hard drive. Turned out to be a faulty cable. Now with two SSD drives I decided to replace my superdrive with the spare SSD, now I have 1T SSD storage in my MBP. I think it will last a couple more years still.

My Problem

My computer froze and then the grey screen of death with the question mark folder came up. I had basically decided that I was going to have to pay to get it fixed and for a new hard drive.

My Fix

This was seriously the easiest thing ever. The hardest part about the whole process was all the tiny screws I had to deal with! When I turned my computer on and it started to load I was thrilled!!!

My Advice

If you are facing the question mark folder, try this. It cost $50 total and took about 5 minutes to assemble. It solved all my problems!!!

My Problem

One day, my macbook simply stopped booting. A question mark had just appeared in boot screen. I thought: "no panic, it must be the hard drive". Well, I changed the hard drive and the problem persisted. So, I searched for similar problems in the Internet and found that it might be the SATA cable and that iFixit have it. I bought a cable replacement and, even living in Brazil, it came very fast (four days only).

My Fix

The repair is very straightforward. I just had to open the bottom case, disconnected the battery cable to prevent electrical problemas, took off the hard drive from the bad cable, disconnected the bad cable and connected the new one, then the hard drive on it, connect the battery cable and the close the bottom case. I turned the Macbook on and it worked fine, no more folder with question mark in boot screen!

My Advice

If you have a Macbook Pro and it suddenly stopped booting, showing a folder with a question mark on the screen, there is a chance of a bad SATA cable.

My Problem

Laptop randomly stopped working. Pulled up that folder with a question mark. I was going to bring it up to Apple but I'm sure it would've cost so much more so I did my own little research. I was afraid it was my hard drive but thankfully it was just the cable and I didn't lose any of my stuff.

My Fix

Easy repair. The steps on here say to detach the battery power just incase but I didn't since people were having problems afterwards. Worked just fine and I did not electrocute myself in the process. Whole process took only about 5 minutes. The dang little screws was the toughest part.

My Advice

I am really not a techy kind of gal, but I managed to do this on my own. So pretty much anyone can do it!

My Problem

The laptop hard drive stopped responding on bootup.

My Fix

The repair went smoothly and exactly as expected.

My Advice

Make sure you boot up in to the recovery system and run drive scans to fix any errors ont he drive.