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

$44.95

Product code: IF163-041
Apple Part #: 923-0104, 923-0741, 821-1480-A, 821-2480-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, 821-2480-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.

$39.95 Without Bracket / New

 
 

Condition:

New

Warranty:

One year warranty

Notes:

Pulled from a new computer.

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Compatibility

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

Stories

My Problem

I was on YouTube when my MacBook shut itself down. After a few moments I was met with the blinking folder question mark of death.

My Fix

I tried swapping out the internal hard drive. Everything I researched said that must be the problem. Doing so solved nothing, though. As a last resort before taking it in to the Apple Store I tried replacing the hard drive cable. Everything works just as before.

My Advice

Get Apple Care. If you don't have it, do a little research before taking your product in. I saved a lot of money by fixing the problem myself. Thanks, iFixIt!

My Problem

Question mark file when starting up Osx

My Fix

Easy fix. Cable a bit long.

My Advice

Use blue loctite when putting back the screws

My Problem

My macbook has had more problems than I can count on one hand and each time I have taken it to the genius bar to get it fixed while it was under warranty. However within a week of the warranty expiring my hard drive failed and because it was my own custom upgrade I replaced it with the old one. Within 5 days that one failed too and I soon realized that the hard drives where not the problem but instead the cable for the drives was the problem. So I ordered a new cable from ifixit and within a week my macbook was running like new.

My Fix

The repair was super simple. I had already watched a YouTube video of a guy working in his macbookpro hard drive cable, so when I got the part I knew exactly what I was doing. However, there were tons of instructions made eassily available; had I needed them ifixit had my back.

My Advice

Replacing the hard drive cable in this is super simple, so simple that any monkey with a screw driver could do it. If you want to save yourself a few hundred bucks by trying to fix your issue by yourself instead of letting the "geniuses" at apple work on it I deffinately reccomend trying this repair your self. I will say though that ifixit reccomeneded that I order a spudger and I said for $2, why not? It was however nearly useless and is already nearly broken. It is by no means a required tool for this job.

My Problem

Out of no where my Macbook started showing flashing/blinking folder with question mark at start up.

My Fix

I tried all the fix listed on apple site and off course non of them worked. Checked hard-disk and kept getting random error messages so I erased it and re-installed the OS. But this did not fix my computer and then I came across the IFXIT site with advise on booting my computer via usb and checking the cable. Unfortunately it was the bad cable and HD was perfectly fine. Replaced the cable and my MacPro is working again.

My Advice

In the hindsight, I wish I had checked the cable before checking/erasing the HD. I could have saved few hours of my time. The error message originating during the HD check/repair was due to the cable. But that's how you learn, right?

My Problem

Brand new Samsung SSD installed internally causing boot and software issues across the board.

My Fix

With the help of the HDD cable replacement guide on iFixIt, I was able to do the repairs in no time at all.

My Advice

Always be careful when replacing or switching out hard drives in the unibody MacBooks. The cables are fragile and will unknowingly break and cause issues.

My Problem

My hard drive crashed. I bought a new one, but when I put it in the notebook it wasn't being recognised. However it was recognised when plugged into a USB port. I diagnosed the problem as being the hard disk cable.

My Fix

Followed the instructions exactly and was done in 15 minutes.

My Advice

Stay cool. This kind of minor surgery on your Macbook is really easy and can be done by nearly everyone with the iFixit guides.

My Problem

Disk error, couldn't find my HD. First i replaced the disc, but had the same error.

My Fix

Replaced cable, and it worked!

My Advice

The shipping took a while. So order express if you are in a hurry.

My Problem

My daughters Macbook pro would not boot. Removed the drive and reformatted it and it worked in a different machine. Bought a new SSD drive for the MBPro but it would not be recognized internally although it worked via external firewire and USB. Ordered the SATA cable.

My Fix

Got the SATA cable from iFixit, easy installation, fixed the problem. The machine works much better with the new SSD drive also, much faster boot and run times.

My Advice

Pretty straight forward. I repair a lot of machines as an IT professional. This was pretty easy, just take care with these cables as they are delicate.

My Problem

Mac would not boot

My Fix

Direction were perfect

My Advice

Try the 50 he cable before tossing the b

MacBook

My Problem

Apple want approx. $500.00 to plug in a Sata cable.

My Fix

Your instructions and picture were spot on.

My Advice

Everyone should just buy the cable and do it themselves.