MacBook Pro 13" Unibody (Mid 2009/Mid 2010) Hard Drive Cable

$49.95

Product code: IF163-013
Apple Part #: 922-9062, 821-0814-A

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MacBook Pro 13" Unibody (Mid 2009/Mid 2010) Hard Drive Cable

$49.95

Product code: IF163-013
Apple Part #: 922-9062, 821-0814-A

Product Overview

Fix an unrecognized drive in your Macbook Unibody

  • Replacement SATA cable for 13" Unibodies
  • This cable can wear out, causing connection problems.

May include optional set of 5 rubber strips that provide additional protection during jostling and movement of the hard drive/computer.

This part only works in the A1278 MacBook Pro Mid 2009/Mid 2010. It will not work for the A1278 MacBook or any other MacBook Pro.

Compatibility

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  • All Mid 2009 and Mid 2010 13" Unibody MacBook Pros

Product Details

  • Model: A1278

$49.95 With Bracket

 
 

Condition:

New

Warranty:

One year warranty

Notes:

Has IR sensor, indicator light and hard drive bracket attached.

$29.95 A-Stock / With Bracket

 
 
 

Condition:

Used, fully tested

Warranty:

One year warranty

Notes:

Has IR sensor, indicator light and hard drive bracket attached.

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Replacement Guides

MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2009

Difficulty: Moderate

MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2010

Difficulty: Moderate

 

Compatibility

MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2009
2.26 GHz (Mid 2009)
2.53 GHz (Mid 2009)
MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2010
2.4 GHz (Mid 2010)
2.66 GHz (Mid 2010)
 

Stories

My Problem

As I was using my Macbook pro '13 inch (Mid 2010) one day, the screen went black. When I tried to restart it I got a flashing question mark with a file behind it.

My Fix

A friend of my told me that a lot the macbook pro's made in 2009 and 2010 have a bad hard drive cable. Sure enough that was the problem! He installed it and it worked fine! Thanks for shipping it so fast...if only my amazon orders did the same we would have a better world =)

My Advice

If you have a macbook pro made in 2009 or 2010 and your computer gives you a flashing question mark with a file behind it, then try replacing your hard drive cable. It worked for me!

My Problem

My MacBook Pro 13 would not boot recently. All signs pointed to the hard drive. I picked up a replacement SSD, formatted and restored from Time Machine via external caddy and installed it to no avail. A couple of online sources pointed me towards the hard drive cable. Came to your sight and ordered replacement.

My Fix

Replacement hard drive cable arrived and I installed quite easily. My MBP booted perfectly.

My Advice

Have the proper tools handy (I picked up a tool kit from iFixit as well) and work in a well lit area. Those screws are tiny! That and back up often. Only data I lost was work I did after my last back up.

My Problem

The MacBook Pro could not see its internal HDD. We originally thought the HDD was bad, but after swapping with a drive we know that works, realized the issue was related to the HDD cable.

My Fix

Thanks to the easy to follow repair instructions, this process was extremely easy.

My Advice

The new cable was just slightly longer than the old one. So when removing the stickers on the tape, I recommend removing one at a time, and slowing pressing along. This way you ensure it lays flat and doesn't kink in the middle.

My Problem

The cable connecting the hard drive to the mother board was damaged. As a result the computer couldn't find the Bootable hard drive.

My Fix

The repair was pretty straight forward and easy. The one issue I ran into was that the cable I ordered was about an inch longer than the original cable. It did foot in the computer and work perfectly but it is just an awkward for.

My Advice

Make sure you order the right cable. I ordered the mid 2010 cable for the mid 2010 macbook and it was still a little awkward fit.

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My Problem

During a business trip my MacBook started to freeze. I did not know what could be the issue and finally I got a message when trying to restart: Unapproved Caller. Security Agent may only be invoked by Apple software.

O_o

Am I not using a MacBook? I had to do a double take. After I got my head not to explode I did a hard shut. When I restarted it all seemed fine, but shortly afterwards it began freezing again. Safari started misbehaving, and keychain would throw an error here and there at random.

The security agent message started appearing even when restarting so I could not use my MacBook at all. Sometimes it would not even get as far a even turning the screen on.

I left it alone for a while and then I started it again. Wow! It actually turned on and I was able to log in and was doing fine for a bit when again it would freeze and all the behavior described above happened again.

So I took it to the Apple store to the 'Geniuses'. They did all the checks that I had already done at home and when I told them about the Security Agent they knew nothing about it. So they just did a fresh install of the operating system and when I got home it started happening again. Of course while I was at the Apple store the Security Agent message and the freezing did not show up o_O

I swear I felt like I was taking crazy pills.

I read a bunch of things online and everything that was recommended fixed the issue for a hot second, only to come back after an undetermined amount of time.

Finally I read that some people had had this issue and that nothing worked ONLY after they changed the HD Cable did the issue get resolved!

O_O

I was totally skeptical...how did the HD Cable have anything to do with my issue...

So finally at the end of my rope, right as I was about to give up on my MacBook I decided to give it a try.

I searched for my MacBook HD Cable and got to iFixit. I read some of the comments and figured that this was my last attempt at trying to fix my MacBook.

My Fix

The repair went fine for the most part. I hit a snag on two screws. Not the one by the IR receiver but the other two. Those two suckers did not want to come off and started to get shaven to the point that I was worried I would not be able to get them off at all. Everything else was already done and I just needed those two off to replace the cable.

Finally I ended up just ripping the cable off and removing as much of the material from under the screws. Still those screws did not want to come off. I pushed down really hard and turned and lo-and-behold they finally started to move!

My Advice

Make sure you have the right screwdrivers and don't be afraid to be rough on those two little screws (if they don't come off easily).

Push down (hard and keep steady pressure) and turn keeping the hard steady pressure.

I followed the guide and it was absolutely accurate and so easy to follow. If it wasn't for those two little screws I could have been done in less than 15 min.

My Problem

My Macbook stopped working and was unable to boot.

My Fix

I replaced the HDD cable and the computer started working again.

My Advice

Be patience and try to fix your computer before buying a new one ;) now I have two MacBooks :-s

My Problem

Original 250 GB HDD wasn't working anymore, so I would replace it with an 500 GB WD Black, but that disk wasn't recognized by the Macbook. Connecting the old an the new HDD via USB was working fine.

My Fix

Changed the SATA cable with the new one from iFIxit, surprise, everything worked!

My Advice

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My Problem

I was getting the blinking folder with a question mark upon start up. Nothing was working, couldn't boot into disc utility, the HDD was nowhere to be found, even with a firewire which was odd (last time I did this, could still access it through my girlfriend's mac). I was sure that the HDD had died, but bought this just in case. 5 minutes after it arrived, my computer was back to normal. Whoo!

My Fix

Quick and simple. Use the repair guide on here if you need guidance, it's a very easy repair as long as you have the tools.

My Advice

I'll pretty much always check this first when I have an HDD issue. So far it's been this twice on the same laptop. I heard a malfunctioning battery (which I have) can make this part go bad more quickly. So that's my next purchase from this site.

My Problem

Replaced HD with SSD drive and realized that i couldn't get the hd HD to initialize so i used a enclosure to see if i could boot to it from usb and found out it works externally the issue must be internally. So i put back in the original drive and didn't boot either, so i bought a new drive cable.

My Fix

MacBook Pro 13" Unibody (Model A1278 Mid 2009/Mid 2010) Hard Drive Cable was perfect and worked without a hitch. it took me only about 10min to open the case and replace the cable and get it ready to boot up.

My Advice

The cable is not like normal sata connector, so thats why you can't use a standard one that i have boxes of and the cable itself just pull off nicely from the logic board , make sure you keep the brackets from the old cable if you don't buy the cable that comes with it.

My Problem

MacBook Pro 2010 goes bonkers. Disk Utility cannot even mount the SSD I installed two years ago. I figure it's a crappy SSD, and now I have to replace it. This is when I begin to devise plans to hurt people.

But when I pull the SSD and connect it to a different Mac, it mounts just fine, and I can read/write to it. So now what? Checking around, iFixit has an article about the hard drive cable going bad. For around $50, that's worth a shot. I reconsider the need to commit homicide.

My Fix

Repair was easy. Pull the back panel off the MacBook, pull out the old cable, put in the new one. Tighten a large number of very tiny screws (hurrah for magnetic screwdrivers!). Cross fingers, start up MacBook and......voila! Can mount and read the SSD.

At this point the SSD was wiped clean, so I had to restore OSX, but whatever. Small price to pay to get MacBook back up and running quickly and easily.

Faith in humanity restored. iFixit prevented me from undertaking some kind of vengeful rampage of hate on an SSD manufacturer and/or Apple. So thanks for keeping me out of jail.

My Advice

Standard story. Keep track of all the screws and where they go. This is a really easy repair to do yourself. Don't be afraid!