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HD cable + drive replacement

Daryn White -

MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2012

MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2012 Hard Drive Cable Replacement

50 minutes


My Problem

I've previously had Apple repair the cable while it was under warranty and that cable subsequently went out about a year after that. I was able to scavenge a HD cable from another MacBook Pro (mid 2011) and while not ideal, it worked well enough. Now I had the money and time to double down on the cable and leap the HDD space.

My Fix

The repair went great. I was able to install macOS on the new drive prior to opening the case and test it via a USB3 HD sled I have, though the one from iFixit would have worked as well. After opening the cases and removing the IR bracket from the proper cable the rest was a breeze. The instructions were easy to follow and gave me confidence when I had a question.

My Advice

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