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Introduction

Replace the clunky, spinning hard drive inside your MacBook Pro 13" Unibody with a lightning fast SSD.

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.

Image 1/1: Three 14.4 mm Phillips screws
  • Remove the following ten screws:

    • Three 14.4 mm Phillips screws

    • Three 3.5 mm Phillips screws

    • Four 3.5 mm shouldered Phillips screws

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Image 1/2: Remove the lower case. Image 2/2: Remove the lower case.
  • Use your fingers to pry the lower case away from the body of the MacBook near the vent.

  • Remove the lower case.

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Image 1/2: It is useful to pry upward on both short sides of the connector to "walk" it out of its socket. Image 2/2: It is useful to pry upward on both short sides of the connector to "walk" it out of its socket.
  • Use the edge of a spudger to pry the battery connector upwards from its socket on the logic board.

  • It is useful to pry upward on both short sides of the connector to "walk" it out of its socket.

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  • Bend the battery cable slightly away from its socket on the logic board so it does not accidentally connect itself while you work.

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Image 1/1: These screws will remain captive to the hard drive bracket.
  • Remove the two Phillips screws securing the hard drive bracket to the upper case.

  • These screws will remain captive to the hard drive bracket.

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Image 1/1: The hard drive bracket may be firmly seated against the upper case.
  • Remove the hard drive bracket.

  • The hard drive bracket may be firmly seated against the upper case.

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Image 1/1: Don't try to completely remove the hard drive just yet. It is still attached to the hard drive cable.
  • Use the attached pull tab to lift the hard drive out of the upper case.

  • Don't try to completely remove the hard drive just yet. It is still attached to the hard drive cable.

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Image 1/2: Remove the hard drive. Image 2/2: Remove the hard drive.
  • Pull the hard drive cable away from the body of the hard drive.

  • Remove the hard drive.

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Image 1/2: Transfer these screws to your new SSD. Image 2/2: If desired, transfer the pull tab over to your new hard drive.
  • Remove the four 6.0 mm T6 Torx hard drive retaining posts from the sides of the hard drive.

    • Transfer these screws to your new SSD.

  • If desired, transfer the pull tab over to your new hard drive.

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Image 1/3: Peel the backings up off the adhesive strips mounted on the spacer. Image 2/3: Press the spacer onto the SSD as shown; proper orientation will ensure the spacer does not cover any screws or screw holes. Image 3/3: Press the spacer onto the SSD as shown; proper orientation will ensure the spacer does not cover any screws or screw holes.
  • 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.

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Conclusion

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

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