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

$44.95

Product code: IF163-041
Apple Part #: 923-0104, 923-0741, 821-1480-A, 821-2049-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, 821-2049-A

Product Overview

Unable to access your hard drive?

Then you might need to replace your hard drive cable!

Please read the option descriptions. Some options do not include the hard drive bracket.

Compatibility

Identify your Mac

  • All Mid 2012 13" Unibody MacBook Pros

Product Details

  • Model: A1278

$44.95 With Bracket / New

 

Condition:

New

Notes:

New from manufacturer.

$34.95 With Bracket / Used

 

Condition:

Used, fully tested

$29.95 Without Bracket / Used

 

Condition:

Used, fully tested

Notes:

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

$39.95 Without Bracket / New

 

Condition:

New

 

Compatibility

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

Stories

My Problem

I use a dual SSD+HDD setup in my mid-2012 MBP. I keep the SSD in the optical drive adapter and the HDD in the stock hard drive space. My SSD contains the OS along with all of my applications, and my HDD contains my user files, some cache, and backups.

One day, every application that relied on my user data that was on my HDD just abruptly crashed: iTunes, Firefox, Spotify, MailMate, etc. I checked Finder to see that my HDD was not there anymore, and Disk Utility presented the same result.

There was not much I could do, so I just restarted the computer since I wasn't too sure what happened. However, when I tried to log back in, I received a message that said that my user account was unavailable. Of course, this makes sense with hindsight because my HDD contained my user account data and the hard drive cable suddenly broke.

Because my SSD was still functional, I decided to reinstall my OS in recovery mode such that the user account data would be located on the SDD so that I could log in and begin to troubleshoot. I was worried that my HDD failed, but upon removing my HDD and connecting it via USB with an external hard drive enclosure, I was relieved that all my HDD files were still present. I tested a spare HDD I had in the hard drive bay of the computer to make sure, and it wasn't recognized. From this, I concluded that the hard drive cable must have been at fault. I actually tried flexing the cable and reconnecting everything; I was able to read my HDD for a couple of hours, but the connection failed afterwards.

At that point, I went here to buy a replacement cable for about $45, which beats buying a new laptop.

My Fix

It's was pretty easy for me. With the proper tools, you can do it in half and hour. Of course, take care to disconnect the battery from the logic board.

My Advice

With my particular hard drive setup, I would have created a guest account before I restarted my computer to find that I couldn't log in. The guest account would be local to the SSD, so I would've been able to log in and I wouldn't have had to reinstall the OS in recovery mode. The drudgery was not in the repair, but in migrating my user data back with the Migration Assistant. This probably took 1-2 hours.

My Problem

My MacBook Pro (13" Mid 2012) went blank grey screen of death and occasionally went to the "?" Folder on screen. After going through a few of the HD check steps, realized it did not see the HD. Tested the HD with a USB adapter on a PC and all files were still there. Next check it had to be the HD cable.

My Fix

Within 15 minutes I was up and running again. Little Mac just experienced a week long coma but is back to normal as if nothing was wrong.

My Advice

Check your data if you can before just assuming and spending potentially more money and heartache on your HD replacement. Could be the cable... Far less cheaper in time and money!

My Problem

My screen froze in class while taking notes. Forced shutdown my laptop, hoping that it'll turn back on like other times. When I tried turning on the laptop, a white screen appeared with a folder. Found out from mac forums that the computer was not able to "recognize" the hard drive due to cable worn out.

My Fix

Quick and simple. (if you know what you're doing)

My Advice

Read forums for advice.

My Problem

The computer lost connection to the harddrive.

My Fix

It works now

My Advice

Make sure to buy the correct screwdrivers! I messed up 2 screws.

Be aware, the new cable is flat and needs to be bend over quite a few edges. So you need to be sleight/handy to install it without breaking anything.

Also, be carefull with the tape on the thin wire. Once it sticks, it won't come of easy.

My Problem

My Mac started flashing the the "?" on startup. After I got a external USB casing, I realized the hard drive was fine. I didn't want to pay the Genius guys $$$$$$$$$, so I did a bit of research ad "hoped" it was the hard drive cabling.

My Fix

Followed some online videos and replaced my cabling. That was the easy part. The hard part was reformatting and restoring the contents to a state that was manageable.

My Advice

Go with SSD drives all the time.

My Problem

Old cable was no working, couldn't boot MacBook

My Fix

Very easy

My Advice

Wish I'd found your website earlier - I had 3 months of running around with a repair shop for nothing before I tried to find the cable for myself.

My Problem

Hard drive cable stopped working.

My Fix

I decided to upgrade the hard drive at the same time soI ordered one from OWC.

Everything went smoothly until I tried to put in the sleep sensor and cable. The sensor came apart in my fingers and I was unable to reattach it. The computer works great, but I would like my sleep sensor light to come on. Do you recommend the cheap $17 cables from China that take a month and a half to get here?

My Advice

Be careful handling the sleep LED.

My Problem

My model of Mac has a notoriously shittily located SATA cable and given all the computing I do in my nice, warm, comfy, bed that $@$* breaks, dude.

My Fix

I took my computer to the OSU computer help desk, at school, they fixed it right up because they have the tiny tools for computers.

My Advice

Finals week looming. I ordered on a Sunday and it was here on Wednesday of Finals week. I was pleased.

My Problem

A coworker brought her Macbook in because it wouldn't start up—she was getting the dreaded question mark-folder icon. I tried to repair the drive with DiskWarrior, but even that couldn't locate the disk. I popped the drive out of the chassis and put it in an enclosure and connected it to a different machine via the enclosure's USB cable, and it connected with no problem! A little research on iFixit pointed to a possible hard drive cable failure.

My Fix

The part arrived extremely quickly, and I followed instructions from the site and used my trusty iFixit toolkit to remove the old cable and install the new one. Once the drive was back in the Macbook, everything started up normally and worked perfectly.

My Advice

Don't assume your hard drive is lost and gone forever! Troubleshoot the problem, do your research, and don't be afraid of all those little tiny screws.

My Problem

Hard drive and SATA cable went out.

My Fix

Very smooth. Hard drive and SATA cable are simple to install and saved me tons of money.

My Advice

Make sure you are sure what the problem is 100% instead of buying parts you do not need.