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

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Compatibility

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

Stories

My Problem

Had a missing hard drive in my MacBook Pro. Reading around online it sounded like the HDD cable needed replacing, so I grabbed one from iFixit

My Fix

Super easy repair. The supplied step by step instructions were perfect and easy to follow. The cable works perfectly

My Advice

Remember to unplug your battery before attempting the replacement.

My Problem

My son's macbook pro was showing the blinking question mark folder when he turned it on. I tried to recover it through the disk utility, but the folder wasn't showing up. Apple support website suggest taking it to the apple store if you fail at this stage, but I chose not to. Instead I bought a SSD drive to replace the original drive, thinking the drive was dead. Still got the blinking question mark folder. So I went online and found ifixit. After reading their solution I was a little worried that it seemed so easy. However, I went ahead and ordered the hard drive cable since nothing else worked. I received the cable in a couple days and replaced the old one and re-instslled the old hard drive. Stress free repair, just what I needed. It took a little less than 30 minutes and that's because I was being really careful. I highly recommend these guys. Thanks and God bless.

My Fix

It was easy see my comments above.

My Advice

These guys know what they are taking about.

My Problem

Erratic and slow performance with a 1 TB SSD after replacing the original HD which was also slow. When running the mid 2012 MBP 13 inch from the SSD via USB the computer ran fine.

My Fix

So ordered hard drive cable from ifixit and replaced the old one. Worked great. with the SSD it is about as fast as my work MBPro 2015 or my late 2014 macmini with 16 GB of ram and hybrid drive.

Ifixit instructions from the web site were great and clear.

My Advice

Figure out an easy way to replace the hard drive in a 2009 imac please!!!

My Problem

While installing a data doubler, I apparently cracked the OEM SATA Cable. iFixit got me the replacement part fairly quick and upon inspection, the replacement part was more robust than the OEM cable. MacBook Pro SATA cables are notorious for breaking when moving them because they are so thin and delicate. Over time, they become brittle. I installed the replacement part while working out of a hotel room on a trip and it was very easy.

My Fix

The repair was pretty straightforward. iFixit provided video instructions that made everything that much more simple.

My Advice

If you are going to install a data doubler in your MacBook Pro, I would recommend ordering a replacement SATA cable because more than likely you'll break the OEM part during the installation.

My Problem

The cable doesn't last -as you can see looking around for this MBP- probably because very small vibrations along the daily use of the computer. I think the cable breaks near the black screws used to attach ir to the chassis. If you disassemble the bottom case and get the drive out of its place leaving it still connected it will work again probably, but this replacement appears to be the only solution.

My Fix

No problema at all

My Advice

This is a different cable from the one replaced. Looks of stronger material and represents no difficulties for the installation. Let's hope it last because such MBP its a good one. The last upgradable of its line.

Examinate and practice on the bending areas near the screw holes of the cable with the old broken cable.

My Problem

Hard drive could not be recognized. Folder with question mark blinks at start up

My Fix

So easy a monkey can do this. Install is reverse of removal

My Advice

Use proper tools other wise u will either strip the tiny Phillips screws or damage the cable

My Problem

Porqué no funcionaba el cable.

My Fix

Muy sencillo de cambiar con las instrucciones

My Advice

Seguir la guía de cambio de la pagina.

My Problem

Mac could not recognize hard drive

My Fix

The repair guide was easy to follow!

My Advice

Take your time and do not press too hard on the screws or you will wear down their heads.

My Problem

OS-X no longer booted from internal drive. But when I took the internal drive out and put it into a external enclosure, it booted fine via Firewire. This circumstance indicates a failed hard drive cable.

My Fix

Repair went smoothly and quickly.

My Advice

This is my second MacBook Pro in which the hard drive cable failed. And both cables failed just under 3 years after I bought the MBPs new. I'm very curious how/why a glued down internal cable that doesn't get appreciable mechanical movement would fail to begin with. Certainly there are enough failures of this particular cable to warrant iFixit stocking them. So I'm also very curious if others have had similar cable failures at just under 3 years after purchase new. Hey iFixit, you have the sales data for this cable and the MacBook Pro edition they were ordered for - do you see a trend?

My Problem

My macbook wouldn't recognize my hard drive, and when I plugged it in via usb, it was able to read it, so I assumed my cable had gone out again, because I bought a cheap (see low quality, no warranty) cable on Amazon to replace the first one.

My Fix

The repair was pretty straight forward, the guide was very helpful, and I didn't have any issues, the cable was a little stiff and hard to get into place, but I was able to figure it all out.

My Advice

Don't buy cheap warranty-less hard drive cable for your mid 2012 macbook, they will probably break again. As it's a flawed part already.