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

Identify your Mac

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

Product Details

  • Model: A1278

$49.95 With Bracket / New

 

Condition:

New

Notes:

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

$44.95 Without Bracket / New

 

Condition:

New

Notes:

Has the IR sensor but no indicator light or hard drive bracket attached. The indicator light and hard drive bracket can easily be swapped from an existing part.

 

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

My assumption was that I had damaged my hard drive cable during an attempt to upgrade my old hard drive to an SSD.

My Fix

The repair was straight forward and the guide provided a complete an illustrated pathway to success.

My Advice

Upgrade your old computer with new ram and an SSD drive, it's like getting a new computer. It cost me around $500 total which is about a grand less than buying new, and it's better for the environment (I think).

My Problem

About a year ago I replaced the HD in my kids MacBook Pro with a faster SSD version AND upgrade memory... did this without a hitch and then the HD started to misbehave... worked in an external boot but not in its slot in the machine. Tried SOFTWARE solutions but it had to be the cable... so got one from I-Fixit and used the guide... all done now and the machine is back in form.

My Fix

Not too bad at all... the guide needs an update as key parts are in the comments -- it's the tiny orange ribbon cable that's the key... I had to rig up a magnifying glass to be able to see the clip properly. If YOU do this repair make sure you look in the comments for key info on the IR ribbon cable connector.

My Advice

Ooops, I put my advice in the previous section... it's the ribbon cable to the IR that's the toughest piece. I also put some electrical tape on the base of the machine to avoid any future chafing of the HD cable.

Good luck!

My Problem

MBP 13" wouldn't recognize there was a hard drive installed.

My Fix

Piece of cake, no issues.

My Advice

Skip the frustration of the Apple Store, and IFIXIT.

My Problem

Macbook pro was booting to home a flashing file folder, trying to recover showed now hard drive. Ran hardware diagnostics and there were no issues found, and tried replacing the hard drive with a new one. No dice. Last ditch effort before going to apple and getting hosed down for a new logic board was the cable. The internet and iFixit users had a lot of reports of this resolving their issue. I was skeptical because I don't really understand how a fixed cable would go bad, but c'est la vie.

My Fix

Process was straight forward. iFixit recommends pulling the battery and a bunch of other work that I didn't find necessary. You can remove the upper half of the top hard drive bracket and the bottom hard drive bracket and that should be enough to get the old cable out and the new one in. My cable was a little bit long, I'm worried about that causing problems over the long term, but it fit back in the case so if it can limp this 5 year old laptop a long for $50 and another year or two then that's fine. I went ahead and installed the new hard drive instead of the original one with a hybrid drive that has 1tb (previous was like 320gb or something tiny). Apple Migration Assistant did the rest using a usb to sata cable.

My Advice

If you are having a similar problem I would recommend testing the old harddrive using a usb to sata cable in order to make sure it's not the drive before trying to replace it. Use the free tools that Apple provides before just jumping into a $50 cable. Isolate all of the other likely suspects first. Our repair ended up being $130 total because of the new drive, but the new drive wasn't strictly necessary and I wish I would have thought to check that down first.

My Problem

my buddies MacBook Pro would turn on, but go straight to a folder with a question mark. it also seem to be heating up really fast, so I thought maybe the heat was causing the issue. the main reason I was believing that, was because when I cooled down the the MacBook, it would start to load OS, but then once it reaches a certain temperature it would freeze and stop loading. I was finally able to troubleshoot that out by noticing that the third time I cooled it down it stopped loading the OS and went straight to the folder with the question mark. same with the fourth and fifth time, which confirms that it was the hard drive cable that was failing.

My Fix

swapped out the cable, turned it on, worked first try.

My Advice

troubleshooting saved me time, which resulted in me making money and a good customer review. I was able to test enough, that when I ordered that part, I was 95% sure it was going to work. Test as much as you can on your own and read all you can so you can filter through all possibilities and be able to land on one if possible.

My Problem

My cable was bad. I was already inside might as well give it some kick.

My Fix

I know nothing about computer repair followed your online fix it video and everything works perfectly. Saved myself over $500 from the quote from Apple store.

My Advice

Don't be afraid to try to DIY and save it was easy.

My Problem

Hi!

My MacBook Pro 13 cannot login to OSX, the hard is ok but a suspect is hard drive cabel.

My Fix

Buy MacBook Pro 13" Unibody (Mid 2009/Mid 2010) Hard Drive Cable and is solve all problems.

My Advice

Good Thank for all

My Problem

My kid's laptop started getting slower and slower til one day it stop booting. The laptop started up with the question mark folder logo. We initially thought it was a bad hard drive, but hooking it up to a USB case made it work.

Googling around, we saw that the hard drive cable sometimes goes bad, and it matched our symptoms. For $50 bucks, it was worth a try, and it indeed fixed it.

My Fix

Very easy fix.

My Advice

Draw an outline of the IR cable prior to removing it. That way you'll roughly know where to stick the new one.

My Problem

Wife's MacBook Pro stopped recognizing the hard drive.

My Fix

First I bought a new hard drive, same problem. I then googled my situation and found some people with the same experience found the hard drive cable to be the issue. So I went to your site (I used your guide to replace the hard drive) and ordered a new hard drive cable. I used the iFixit guide and everything went well.

My Advice

Thank you for your service and advocacy

My Problem

I have a MacBook Pro 13 inch that started to have a serious performance problem. Like all troubleshooting processes start with memory. So I increase to 8GB from 4. That didn't seem to be the problem. Next upgraded the hard drive to an SSD that didn't work there was something I was missing so I tried different hard drives and noticed that I couldn't get the drives to install OSX. Verified the drives that were working by installing them direct through USB put them into the MBP and nothing was happen still. That left the ribbon cable or controller. Of course if the controller was having problems then the existing hard drive wouldn't even work but it did a bit slow. Purchased the hard drive cable plugged it in and voila super fast SSD speed hard drive. The complete troubleshooting process took me like a couple of weeks.

My Fix

Simply follow the instructions on iFix and with very little to no pain, the pain being having to deal with those small screws. The installation went with out any problems.

My Advice

Invest in a better tool kit. That's why I bought also the Pro Tech Toolkit. By the way an excellent tool kit to have around. I was using a bunch of different tools not necessary design for replacing a MacBook Pro.