MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2010 SSD Installation

Replace your hard drive with a lighter, faster SSD.

  • Author: iRobot
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Replace the clunky spinning hard drive in your MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2010 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.

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Step 1 Lower Case  ¶ 

  • Remove the following 10 screws securing the lower case to the MacBook Pro 13" Unibody:

    • Seven 3 mm Phillips screws.

    • Three 13.5 mm Phillips screws.

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Step 2  ¶ 

  • Slightly lift the lower case and push it toward the rear of the computer to free the mounting tabs.

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Step 3 Battery  ¶ 

  • For precautionary purposes, we advise that you disconnect the battery connector from the logic board to avoid any electrical discharge. This step is optional and is not required.

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the battery connector up out of its socket on the logic board.

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Step 4 Hard Drive  ¶ 

  • Remove two Phillips screws securing the hard drive bracket to the upper case.

  • These screws are captive to the hard drive bracket.

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Step 5  ¶ 

  • Lift the the retaining bracket out of the upper case.

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Step 6  ¶ 

  • Lift the hard drive by its pull tab and pull it out of the chassis, minding the cable attaching it to the computer.

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Step 7  ¶ 

  • Remove the hard drive cable by pulling its connector straight away from the hard drive.

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Step 8 SSD Installation  ¶ 

  • Remove the two T6 Torx screws from each side of the hard drive (four screws total).

    • Transfer these screws to your new SSD.

  • If desired, transfer the pull tab over 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 Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2010 category page.

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