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|MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Mid 2012||
My friend's Mac wouldn't start up since a full bottle of Tequila was spilt on it.
First I had to clean the casing and motherboard with alcohol and coton swabs. I thought the HDD was dead so I tried another one but I couldn't see it in the disk management (I booted from a USB key I made with 10.9 installation). At that point it could only be the cable or the controller. The cable is easier to replace so I gave it a shot and fortunately, I was right. I put the original HDD back and it work fine now (still a bit sticky though)
Don't give up on your MBP, if it can survive the party apocalypse, I will survive much more !
I purchased a 1tb Crucial SSD to replace the HDD in my MacBook Pro. After formatting the drive and using CC Cloner to clone it, I could boot to the SSD via USB, but not from the internal SATA connection. THE SSD was not even recognized when plugged into the internal SATA cable. I contacted Crucial who said to get a SATA cable from IFIXIT as it would have proper shielding.
I installed the new cable and the SSD was still not recognized when plugged into the internal SATA, but would be recognized and was bootable via USB.
IFIXIT was very prompt in the fulfillment of my order for a new SATA cable. Their support was very friendly and helpful when this cable did not work with my SSD. IFIXIT is sending a replacement cable with prepaid return shipping. Issue is not yet resolved, but so far, two thumbs up for IFIXIT.