MacBook Core 2 Duo SSD Installation

  • Author: Dozuki System
  • Time required: Example: 15 to 30 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy

You can install hard drives up to 9.5mm thick.

Some drive bays have a height of 7 mm, while others have a height of 9.5 mm. Depending on the size of your drive bay, you may need to use a spacer to make your SSD fit properly.

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Step 1 Battery  ¶ 

  • Use a coin to rotate the battery-locking screw 90 degrees clockwise.

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Step 2  ¶ 

  • Lift the battery out of the computer.

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Step 3 Memory Cover  ¶ 

  • Unscrew the three evenly-spaced Phillips screws from along the rear wall of the battery compartment.

  • The screws are captive to the metal memory cover so you cannot lose them.

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Step 4  ¶ 

  • Rotate the L-shaped memory cover so it clears the battery compartment opening and lift it up and out of the computer.

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Step 5 Hard Drive  ¶ 

  • Grasp the white plastic tab attached to the hard drive and pull it to the right, removing the hard drive from the computer.

  • The hard drive goes back into its compartment with the label facing down.

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Step 6 SSD Installation  ¶ 

  • Remove the two black T8 Torx screws securing the silver bracket to the hard drive.

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Step 7  ¶ 

  • Rotate the hard drive and remove the two black T8 Torx screws on the other side of the drive.

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Step 8  ¶ 

  • Lift the silver metal hard drive bracket off the hard drive.

  • You'll need to transfer the screws and this metal bracket to your new hard drive.

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Step 9  ¶ 

  • For 7 mm SSDs, you'll need to apply a spacer to ensure a good fit.

  • Peel the backings up off the adhesive strips mounted on the spacer.

  • Press the spacer onto the SSD as shown; proper orientation will ensure the spacer does not cover any screws or screw holes.

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

For more information, check out the MacBook Core 2 Duo category page.

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