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.

$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

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

My Problem

Upon startup, my MacBook Pro had a folder with a flashing question mark. After swapping the hard drive, it still wouldn't work except by booting it up externally via USB. I then checked ifixit and learned that hard drive/sata cable was more than likely the cause.

My Fix

Ifixit was correct. Once I replaced the hard drive /sata cable, it booted up without a hitch. Problem solved.

My Advice

Save yourself a lot of money, and do the repair yourself. It's fairly easy, and ifixit instructions/video will guide you through the repair.

My Problem

Intermittent hard drive sometimes there sometimes not

My Fix

No Problem iFixit part worked perfectly MacBook Pro back to work

My Advice

If your MacBook can't see the HD but can start from external drives you should suspect the hard drive cable.

My Problem

My MacBook stopped reading my hard drive so after replacing it and having the same issue I decided to change out the flex for a new one!

My Fix

It went well, it's a really simple repair only took a few minutes!

My Advice

If it's your first time opening a MacBook up just take your time!

My Problem

User was experiencing a spinning pinwheel for nearly everything and system would eventually slow to a crawl. After upgrading to a Samsung 1TB SSD and a fresh install the issue improved but still did not run as expected. I was afraid this was a main logic board issue but after reading some comments decided it could simply be the hard drive cable.

My Fix

Very simple install, nothing really to add.

My Advice

This seemed like an unlikely part to fail but if you have similar symptoms give it a try. Thinking about the other MacBooks I've worked on this might be a more common problem than I expected.

My Problem

The hard drive was failing and I realized that the hard drive cable was probably bad.

My Fix

The repair went well. I was a bit disappointed in the state of the hard drive cable. It was dented but I followed the directions on the site. and replaced it. I knew that everything worked fine because the SSD drive booted up immediately.

My Advice

Make sure that you follow the directions on the fixit guide. I suggest that the fixit guides have pictures of putting the item back together instead of stating follow the directions in reverse order.