MacBook Pro 13" Unibody (Mid 2012) Hard Drive Cable

$44.95

Product code: IF163-041
Apple Part #: 923-0104, 923-0741, 821-1480-A

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MacBook Pro 13" Unibody (Mid 2012) Hard Drive Cable

$44.95

Product code: IF163-041
Apple Part #: 923-0104, 923-0741, 821-1480-A

Product Overview

Unable to access your hard drive?

Then you might need to replace your hard drive cable!

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 Mid 2012 13" Unibody MacBook Pros

Product Details

  • Model: A1278

$44.95 With Bracket / New

 
 

Condition:

New

Warranty:

One year warranty

Notes:

New from manufacturer.

$34.95 With Bracket / Used

 
 

Condition:

Used, fully tested

Warranty:

One year warranty

$29.95 Without Bracket / Used

 
 

Condition:

Used, fully tested

Warranty:

One year warranty

Notes:

Does not include the IR Receiver & connecting bracket, see step 14 of the guide for how to transfer this from your current part.

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Compatibility

MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2012
2.5 GHz (Mid 2012)
2.9 GHz (Mid 2012)
 

Stories

My Problem

My hard drive was not being recognized and I thought my hard drive had gone bad. So I had replaced it with an external drive for a while till I figured out the problem. The hard drive cable had gone bad and I was being led wrong by the "professionals" I had consulted and spent to much money getting a new hard drive when I didn't need it.

My Fix

The replacement did not take long and was very painless. The hardest part was sticking the wire down below the hard drive and keeping it there. However, the lesson here is check your hard drive before buying a replacement so you know if it is the hard drive or not. This apparently was a common problem with 2012 macbook pros hard drive cables going bad, but no one wanted to tell me.

My Advice

Please make sure that when people are checking for a new hard drive it just isn't their hard drive cable. Sure, I love my new hard drive and it is an upgrade, but I wish I had spent less money on my repair.

My Problem

I brought my laptop to the "....squad" for repair. After 2 weeks of excuses, they finally determined the problem was a hard drive cable.

My Fix

Simple fix right? Order the part, then install. They ordered the wrong part! This is where IFIXIT comes in. I decided to find the part myself, found your website, bingo. Your site is clear, precise, and easy to navigate. Since "dumbassquad" had my laptop, I brought the part to them, and they installed it.

My Advice

Go to IFIXIT first.

My Problem

My mid-2012 Macbook Pro had started to become sluggish. The rainbow beach ball had been rearing it's ugly head more and more. After doing some research on the forums, it became obvious that the hard drive cable connected to my SSD was to blame.

My Fix

Using the guide provided by iFixit, the repair was a breeze. The pictures provided were clear and their procedures were accurate. From unpacking the cable to turning on my computer for a test run took about 15 minutes.

My Advice

Keep track of the screws and where they go. I placed them on a white piece of paper and labeled where they went. While your computer is cracked open, use this opportunity to clean out the inside using a can of compressed air.

My Problem

Macbook Pro failed to boot with flashing (?) folder, Asked around and took it to Best buy for a diagnosis and they said my hard drive failed. I bought a brand new SSD and installed it myself but Disk Utility was not able to partition or format the SSD to install OSX. The problem must have been the cable then, so I bought an external enclosure to test my old HDD and whatdoyouknow, its perfectly fine, so the problem myst be the cable.

My Fix

Pretty well, I replaced the cable within fifteen minutes from open to close. At first i thought the thin ribbon was too long and would not fit, but once you press it down with the adhesive and press it into the corner, it fits almost perfectly. This was my first repair (besides replacing the HDD earlier, and it went pretty smoothly

My Advice

If you are confident in yourself, dont trust big name computer repair services, they wanted to charge me $50 to install a new HDD, and $100-300 (I forgot tbh) to install OSX, plus the cost of a new HDD when that wasnt even the problem in the first place. I don't know how good applecare would have been but I did not go to the apple store with my problem because of personal reasons. Believe in yourself and anything is possible.

My Problem

After upgrading to an SSD, the computer would give me a flashing folder icon and refuse to boot. The SSD would boot and run fine when attached via an external SATA to USB cable. The thing that threw me for a loop was the fact that the original hard drive still worked which made me question whether or not it was the cable. I guess the extra demand from the SSD managed to make the cable show failing while the HDD did not.

My Fix

The repair was very easy and straight forward. I didn't have any issues. I just was very careful with the new cable to not bend it or pull on it too hard in any direction.

My Advice

Be very gentle and patient with the new cable. This isn't something you want to break again and apparently they are fragile. For the sticky part of the cable that runs to the status light just be patient to get it stuck down and not have any kinks in the cable.

My Problem

I was comfortably checking my emails when suddenly the clicks didn't went anywhere. I forced the restart pushing the power button, but it didn't worked as well, as it showed the famous screen with a question marked folder. I almost started to cry, but remembered that did the Time Machine backup the night before, so somehow I was calm. A quick research on the web (with an iPad) and I figured it out: it's the Hard Drive! So I went to a shop, bought the same model of HD, came back home, installed it, and guess what: didn't worked. That's when I saw this topic on iFixit, and realized what could have actually happened.

My Fix

I placed the order here at iFixit, a brand new Hard Drive cable, and when it came, only took around 20 minutes to fix. I actually installed the original HD, and hopefully everything worked perfect!

My Advice

Don't be afraid to use the iFixit guides. I also strongly recommend order directly from them. They were very quick on the shipment (I live outside of US). Thank you, iFixit!

My Problem

My MacBook pro started with a flashing folder icon with question mark.

My Fix

I found a guide on how to fix it on ifixit.com

My Advice

buy HDD cables for macbook pro's from iFixit and fix it yourself.

My Problem

My computer crashed in my middle of editing an episode of my podcast (Guerrilla Bio). I thought hard drive went bad but after testing it in my buddy's Mac, I figured out it was the cable between the hard drive and the logic board.

My Fix

The repair was super simple and only took about 10 minutes.

My Advice

Don't take your computer to a repair center before checking iFixit. A lot of repairs are simple and will save you tons of money!

My Problem

The hard drive cable failed just after a year, sadly not under warranty (though I think this is a design defect that I wish Apple would own up to). After determining it was the cable we ordered the cable.

My Fix

The repair was quick and easy and now my wife's computer is working great. I appreciate the clear instructions from ifixit. The service was great also. After paying for 2 day air and it being delayed by UPS and not arriving in 2 days ifixit readily refunded the shipping costs. Thank you for the great service.

My Advice

I put some vinyl electrical tape between the hard drive cable and the case to hopefully prevent it from failing again.

My Problem

My mac was giving me a question mark folder when i turn it on, after some googling i figured out the hard drive cable needed to be replaced. Now i've done a bigger repaid and loved the fast shipping while i was in the US. But this time i'm in canada and I wanted to fix it as soon as possibe.

My Fix

I made my order online from ifixit, it was the cheapest price. But afterwards i was shocked because it says it would take 3-4 weeks to deliver so i tried canceling but they've already shipped the item. I wasn't expected it but the part did actually arrive in a week or so and i got right into my fix. With the 25$ essential electronic toolkit i've already order before, i was done with in minutes and my macbook was up and running.

My Advice

If you got a cable problem and the philips screw driver (you don't even need the full kit) just do it. This repair is really easy. I went for the used cable price when i ordered it and it working perfectly.