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My MacBook stopped working with the harddrive. Tried everything, then i found an artikel that in most cases it is a problem with the Hard Drive Cable. And I found IFIXIT.
First of all I ordered this cable from Denmark (Europe). To start with, I ordered a wrong cable witch I received after approx. 7-10 don’t remember.
I saw it was the wrong one and contacted IFIXIT by mail later on that day. The day after I received a mail from IFIXIT how to proceed.
Send the wrong cable back to US, order a new correct cable (That also came 7-10 days later) and got my money back.
All this took a little extra because of my mistake, but everything went sooo smooth with IFIXIT and I will defiantly use them again even though they are over seas far far away :)
THANKS, my MacBook is working again!
Be sure to order the right hardware :D
Replaced old platter drive with Samsung Evo 256gb SSD. Screen would show "no bootable device" during boot, even though I cloned the hdd to the ssd prior to installation. Read online about possible problems with the sata ribbon cable, so I decided to replace it.
It was not easy getting the ribbon cable out, as you have to remove the superdrive and a pesky rubber plug that is actually part of the cable itself. I got everything back into place with the new cable, but it doesn't fit as it did before. Nothing major, just couldn't get everything in place (which is not surprising).
Easy enough repair if you have the right tiny phillips screwdriver. Not nearly as easy as all of the videos online showing how to do the same thing on a mid or later 2009 macbook, but simple enough. Just take out the superdrive first, and you can see everything.
Macbook fell off the shoulder bag of my brother inlaw.
Booting from an external hd worked fine, so i figured it was either the cable or the hd. Since the hd was OK, cable was broken.
Ordered in express the appropriate cable, opened the dusty beast (2008 Macbook), and fixed it. Took the opportunity to put in a 1TB hd as well
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