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

Computer started running very lagging and I finally got the infamous flashing question mark folder. Took it to Geek Squad because I didn't own Apple Care, and they said it would cost $380 to fix a damaged hard drive and/or maybe damaged Sata Cable. So I asked my electrical Engineering friend what he thought about that and he told me to do some research and fix it myself.

My Fix

The repair went great! All the videos from ifxit and youtube helped tremendously. I got my supplies for under $150 to fix my computer while geek squad wanted $380.

My Advice

When you open up the bottom of the computer it may seem intimidating, but don't worry you barely have to touch anything. Just watch and listen to the videos carefully, unscrew a couple things, click some things in, screw some things back in and bam the computer should be running better than ever!

My Problem

The Computer would not boot but the drive was perfectly fine turned out to be the sata cable

My Fix

It went pretty well.

My Advice

Always do it yourself unless you don't know what you're doing then ask for assistance.

My Problem

I couldn't log in to my Macbook anymore.

My Fix

It actually went well. It was the first time that I tried to fix something like this on my own. The manual was a big help. Although, the 3mm screws were pretty hard to get out. The first one did but the second broke. So we had to use a small drill to get rid of it. But, my Macbook is working perfectly again. The only thing is that my battery status will not update, so I think I did something wrong with the LED strip attached to the hard drive cable.

My Advice

Just follow the manual, it's a great help!

My Problem

My brother's Mid-2012 13" MacBook Pro was unable to boot from the main disk for an unknown reason, so after replacing the hard drive twice I was puzzled as to why Disk Utility was unsuccessful at formatting the new drive. After some quick internet searches, I decided the problem was most likely a faulty hard drive cable.

My Fix

After disassembling my brother's MacBook for the tenth time, I was eager to fix the problem once and for all. The instructions were very easy to follow, despite the hard drive cable being the weirdest-looking cable I've ever seen in my life. I also decided to put in the old hard drive to see if in fact the hard drive cable was the only issue—and indeed it was. The computer booted properly to the desktop with all the files and settings we had thought were lost for good.

My Advice

Backup. Backup. Backup.

If there is anything my brother learned from this ordeal is that you NEED TO HAVE A CURRENT BACKUP OF EVERYTHING ON YOUR COMPUTER.

My brother hadn't been using any sort of backup solution (online or local), nor had he been using any cloud-syncing applications; everything was stored as a single copy on his hard drive. Had his hard drive failed during this ordeal, he would have had to start from square one. He bought a 1 TB external backup drive so this sort of this doesn't happen in the future.

My Problem

Was having issues with Mid 2012 Macbook Pro reading internal hard drive. It would work and then poop out. Was able to boot without a problem via USB enclosure (with the original hard drive) so narrowed it down to a cable. Ordered from ifixit. Stated it was yanked from a used computer.

My Fix

Cable came boxed neatly with plenty of space for potential box damages from deliverer. Popped it in and worked in no time. Thanks! Took about 10 mins.

My Advice

Make sure to disconnect the battery internally before doing any work on it. Also make sure to be cautious of the heat-sink tape that runs underneath where the cable kinks. That stuff is flimsy. Additionally you can put a piece of electrical tape under where the cable meets the base of the machine. Provides an additional buffer from future scraping.

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.