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MacBook Core Duo

MacBook Core Duo Hard Drive Replacement

MacBook Core Duo Hard Drive Replacement

5 - 30 minutes


My Problem

Last year, my laptop was ruined after sitting in a pool of water on my bed. I accidentally left my brand new water bottle on my bed with the flip lid not fully closed. My laptop was plugged in at the time of the disaster. I left the laptop in a pizza box full of rice while I went on a pilgrimage through Spain and Portugal. When I returned, the laptop would not turn on so I brought it in to a repair shop. They initially installed a new hard drive and then told me I would need a new keyboard so I requested to have the new hard drive taken out and the old one re-installed because the cost of having it repaired in a shop would have not been worth it. I have an interest in repair so I decided to tackle to repair myself.

I found iFixit while Googling my laptop model and was happy to find such a user friendly step-by-step repair guide. I was also happy that you could also purchase the parts directly from the site.

The installation of the new hard drive and upper case went very smoothly, however, upon completion, I noticed that my optical drive was not working. So I used a USB flash drive to install the 'Start-Up' software.

Mission accomplished!! Out with the old and in with the new!

My Fix

AMAZING! My optical drive is still not working but I will probably end up installing an additional hard drive to replace it. Mostly everything now-a-days is downloadable anyway. The installation of the hard drive and upper case went so smoothly, I was so surprised!

My Advice

Be careful not to mix the screws up. I used scotch tape and labeled each step but I still managed to mix a few up and loose a few.

Thank-you iFixit! I'm so happy with my experience!!!

1 TB 5400 RPM 2.5" Hard Drive Image
1 TB 5400 RPM 2.5" Hard Drive


MacBook Unibody (A1342) Upper Case Image
MacBook Unibody (A1342) Upper Case


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