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

$44.95

Product code: IF163-041-1
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: IF163-041-1
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.

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Compatibility

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

Stories

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.

My Problem

After getting the Folder with a Question mark when booting, I decided that the HDD had failed. Ordered a new one, installed it and still had the Question mark. I decided to gamble and ordered the HD cable, even though there are worst case scenario stories of mother board failures causing similar symptoms.

My Fix

Everything went well with the cable install except, the mid cable anchor screws were a little more difficult to line up correctly because of the stiffness of the cable. Reassembled, booted (using a recovery USB jump drive I had created previously) and got the Apple. Total time, about 30 minutes.

My Advice

Epilogue: How can a just over a year old NOS MacBook Pro's HD cable go bad? I dunno, but it did. Given the symptoms, I would recommend replacing the cable first, it's cheaper. It was still a win situation for me (even with the un-needed extra expense of a new HDD) in that, the replacement drive was larger (1TB) and faster (7200 rpm with a 32MB buffer). I still have the working 750GB OEM HDD waiting in the wings, in case I need it in the future.

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My Problem

I bought a used MacBook Pro 13 Mid-2012 and it would only recognize a 250GB hard drive or smaller. The seller said the original drive went bad and they replaced it with a 250GB drive. I bought a 500GB SSD and discovered the problem when the MBP failed to boot from the drive. It would not even recognize a 750GB drive. Both drives worked fine in a USB enclosure. The Apple Store hinted it was the hard drive cable, but they would not repair it due to the original drive being replaced with a third-party drive. I wanted them to test the logic board to see if the SATA chip was bad.

My Fix

The installation was simple. I had the new cable installed in about 20 minutes.

My Advice

If you think your hard drive went bad in a MacBook Pro, test it in an external enclosure first. The hard drive might not be the problem. It might be the hard drive cable.

My Problem

I attempted to replace what appeared to be a bad Hitachi 5400 rpm spinning disc in my mid-2012 macbook pro 13". I purchased a new 1TB Crucial SSD for the system. Sadly, when I installed the drive and attempted to restore from a Time Machine backup, the drive would throw "read" errors and disappear from the bus. The ultimate problem was not the original spinning disk, but the actual SATA cable. I ordered a cable from iFixIt and had it overnighted.

My Fix

The repair required no more than 5 minutes. I removed the old cable being careful not to bend any pins on the main board. I installed the new cable being careful not to kink it and jeopardize the integrity of the links. On the first boot, magic! Everything is sound. The SSD is blazing fast compared to the spinning disk.

My Advice

Use a good set of jewelers screwdrivers to remove the hard drive brackets and the sata cable screws.