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

Notes:

New from manufacturer.

$34.95 With Bracket / Used

 

Condition:

Used, fully tested

$39.95 Without Bracket / New

 

Condition:

New

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

It was a dark and stormy night. Well, it was a Tuesday in the middle of July and I was in the middle of my summer class, as I'd just switched to comp sci as a major and was trying to catch up with other juniors. Neither of those are good times for my Mac to crap out on me.

I turned it on and all I got was a blinking question mark folder. As if the laptop was asking ME what was wrong. "What did you do?" Blink. "Where did the files go?" Blink. How should I know, laptop??

I did some expert googling and found I could do an internet recovery and redownload the OS. Easy peasy. But, apparently, I no longer had a hard drive. Great.

My Fix

My first thought was that I needed a new hard drive, and the idea of losing everything on my laptop, or taking it in for someone else to FIND everything on my laptop, made me procrastinate for a couple months on getting help. Eventually though, I did take it by my school's IT nerds. I sat around, showed a guy my blinking question mark folder, and he said, "Okay it's not the hard drive, I'm almost positive it's the cable to the hard drive, here's a link, buy it and come back." Rad. I ordered this cable, it came in the mail soon after, and I took it in.

I heard a lot of "I've never done this before, I could probably figure it out, but I don't want to risk it" which were MY sentiments and the reason I went to the IT peeps in the first place, but eventually someone volunteered to install the cable. It took him 45 min to put the cable in because he had big beefy man fingers and couldn't connect the small parts, but once it was in everything was back to normal. All my files were still there, passwords still saved. My netflix was still open in the middle of a show. Phew.

My Advice

If you're pretty good at copying things, you could install this yourself, and you can probably find a tutorial video.

Your old cable will be in the exact place your new one is supposed to be. Just lift up your hard drive, snap a picture for reference, and go to work. You'll have to bend the new cable to fit, but it's basically folding along a dotted line.

Don't let somebody charge you lots of money to do it though, because it's really pretty simple. Good luck, don't fret!!!

My Problem

Computer was super slow and couldn't reinstall the operating system. It couldn't unmount the drive to format it.

My Fix

Easy repair. Figuring out the problem wasn't as easy.

My Advice

Slow computer? If the hard drive fails some tests, and a new hard drive doesn't fix your problem it could be the cable. (speaking on these macbooks only)

My Problem

After having repeated issues saving to my hard disk my computer eventually failed to even boot, leading me to think that I had an issue with the hard drive. After purchasing and installing a new hard drive and experiencing the same issues I did a bit of research and realised that the hard drive cable was the issue.

My Fix

The installation of the new hard drive cable wasn't difficult, however I would recommend buying a cable with the bracket already attached. No issues since installing the new cable!

My Advice

Try and find out as much about the replacement process before purchasing- I didn't realise that installing the cable to the bracket would be as difficult as it was and could have easily avoided this by spending a few extra dollars.

My Problem

All of a sudden, my new SSD drive (6 mo. old) was incredibly slow, beach balling at login and every other second once booted. I tried formatting it (not a decision I made lightly, but figured, "eh, why not?") and it wouldn't even take a clean OS install. At my wits end, I put the old 5200RPM HDD back in the computer, and it worked fine. The SSD worked fine, too, but only when plugged into USB. After some Googling, I read that SSD drives were uniquely sensitive to power interruption and I may have a faulty SATA cable. Took a stab in the dark, and ordered this part.

My Fix

The part came quickly enough, and looked brand new. About 30 minutes later, in unreasonably low light and with my well-known to my family "not so gentle touch," I replaced the cable and turned the computer on. Voila, the SSD drive was working again!

My Advice

If your hard drive is new, or should simply not be failing, try replacing this cable first. I was distraught at the thought of having a (relatively) brand new $250 paperweight, and am glad I decided to replace the cable before understandably freaking the eff out.

My Problem

2012 MBPro hard drive died. My gf took it out to the pool with her in 105 degree sun in Palm Springs and when she opened the lid back in the hotel room, it was stuck on a beach ball. Restarting only brought up the flashing folder indicating no boot drive. Must have gotten fried. I was able to attach it to my MBPro and recover most of her files but reformatting failed. So i bought another drive and installed, reinstalled OS, copied her files back... all seemed swell. Except that every time she moved the laptop around, it would go to spinning beach ball and require a reboot. I decided to replace the SATA cable and so far it seems to be stable. I have no idea why the cable went bad, I really hope that was the problem because the fix was so easy and cheap.

My Fix

Replacing this cable is so easy. There was a little bit of adhesive still remaining on the underside of the cable which was nice for initial placement, but I did add a little scotch tape on top of the cable. Especially because it has a little more slack than the original. I took up most of that slack by giving it a slightly wider arc where it travels under the hard drive and I think it will be fine. Plus, the new WD hard drive is thinner than the original so there is a little bit of space under it for where the cable does bubble up slightly.

My Advice

I had to replace both the hard drive and the SATA cable in a 2012 MBPro. I found cheaper cables on ebay and amazon, but none had the bracket attached. From what I've read, it is a PITA to thread the infrared sensor cable through the bracket so I went for a used cable with bracket from iFixit for about $40. I think it was worth the extra $15 as the repair went so quickly and easily and I know if there is a problem iFixit will be responsive. So don't cheap out, get the cable with bracket from iFixit.

My Problem

When turned on MacBook Pro can't find HDD so MacOS can't boot.

My Fix

Just removed the old flex cable and put the new one.

My Advice

My advice is not to blend the flex. Install it without blend and do not put those 2 screws on it. If blended it can fail again soon.

My Problem

Thought hard drive and scared to do it myself. Got someone to change had but problem remained. Thought all is lost.

Being electrical engineer opened MacBook myself. Looked at it and narrowed it to cable. Ifixit had pointers to it. Thanks

My Fix

Easy few bolts. It's all modular so remove bolts put new cable. Put it back together and works

My Advice

It's easy to fix itself. Open the box itself and it is not magic inside. It's hardware with logic

My Problem

Over the course of several months I had four MacBooks of various ages stop working. All I got was a flashing folder with a question mark. So, I went to the web to find out how to fix it. I found all kinds of articles telling me the files were corrupted so re-image the drive, or the drive is bad so replace that, or it must be a bad logic board which was too hard to find or too expensive to be worth it. No one mentioned it could be the data cable. When the fourth one failed and I tried a SSHD drive it showed up for a minute then failed to format. When I searched for that problem is when I started seeing articles about bad data cables.

My Fix

I looked for the part and found iFixit first but they wanted $45 so I wound up ordering from another source for $20. The problem with that was I later realized it could take up to a month to get that part since it was coming from China. I went ahead and ordered a second cable from iFixit which arrived in four days at a total cost of $44.95 with shipping. The old cable came out and the new cable went in with no problem and it is working just fine.

My Advice

If you've got a 3-5 year old MacBook Pro and get the flashing folder with question mark on startup, pull the drive and connect it via a USB adapter. If the MacBook boots OK order the data cable. I've since replaced the cables in the other three MacBooks and it fixed the problem in all of them.

iFixit prices may be higher than you can get elsewhere but the parts arrive quickly and they provide very nice guides which make any repair easy.

My Problem

The HDD Cable was faulty and would not recognise the HDD. This problem occurred intermittently and then all the time. The ? on a folder meant that the computer did not recognise the HDD. The MacBook Pro was useless and I considered buying another laptop!

My Fix

It took about 20 minutes to replace the HDD cable. I used the iFixit instructions on my iPad. My son helped me.

My Advice

Don't hesitate to have a go and fix your device. For the cost of a HDD cable and a spudger, it got it done. I'm very happy that the computer is working now.

My Problem

Macbook froze - I manually shut it down. Upon reboot I get the flashing folder. I think that the hard drive is bust. However when I plug my hard drive in via usb it is fine indicating that the hard drive cable was likely broken. I fixed it because the computer is only 2.5 years old and I am a little handy (especially when there are good guides!)

My Fix

I followed the guide exactly and it was very easy! Many thanks.

My Advice

1. If you have a mac, make sure you back up with time machine

2. For anyone with a computer, get a usb/sata cord to check if your hard drive works before ditching it

3. Research before bringing to a repair shop - the internet is your friend