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A tight one, but a fit nonetheless!

Nuka Kola -

MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Early 2011

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Installing MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Early 2011 Dual Hard Drive

20 minutes


My Problem

Started running out of space. Plus, I wanted a performance boost delivered by an SSD. Got myself a 1TB Samsung 850 Pro. Moved my 750GB 5200RPM HDD to the drive bay.

My Fix

Swapping components is very easy. The only "difficulty" was putting the enclosure with its HDD back in place, as the space for the two screws next to the unibody edge is very tight. It almost felt like the hard drive was too thick for the enclosure, but upon closer inspection, it was a %#*@ perfect fit. If you have an HDD thicker than what the 750GB one measures, you may not be able to make it fit!

My Advice

I would suggest using magnetic tools so you don't drop the screws and if you do, they will be easy to retrieve. It's not terrible if you don't have them, however (:

Also, when putting the screws in, it seems like they don't "fit" next to the enclosure, and that the top of the screw is scratching the enclosure while turning. This may be the case, but try and insert the screws into the enclosure's mounting brackets before putting the enclosure into the laptop; that way you will have gotten the screw past the tightest space. Anyhow, hope this is halfway clear and helps!

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Unibody Laptop Dual Drive


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Thanks for the tips!

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