MacBook Pro 15" Unibody 2.53 GHz Mid 2009 SSD Installation

  • Author: iRobot
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Upgrade the clunky, spinning hard drive in your MacBook Pro 15" Unibody 2.53 GHz 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 ten screws securing the lower case to the upper case:

    • Seven 3 mm Phillips screws.

    • Three 13.5 mm Phillips screws.

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Step 2  ¶ 

  • Using both hands, lift the lower case near the vent to pop it off two clips securing it to the upper case.

  • Remove the lower case and set it aside.

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Step 3 Battery  ¶ 

  • Three special five-point Torx screws secure the battery to the upper case. They can be removed with this special driver

  • If you don't have the special 5-point tool, a common 1.5 mm flathead screwdriver can be used in a pinch. Be sure the head of your flathead screwdriver fits snugly across two of the five "points" of the screw head before trying to break the screw free, as a loose fit will easily strip the screw head. If the head of your screwdriver fits too loosely, find a bigger bit and file it down until it fits snugly before proceeding.

  • You do not necessarily have to follow steps 3-7 to remove the battery in order to replace the hard drive. However it is recommended to remove all power sources from electronics before working on them.

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Step 4  ¶ 

  • Remove the two exposed five-point Torx security screws along the top edge of the battery.

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Step 5  ¶ 

  • Use the tip of a spudger to bend back the finger of the "Warning: Do not remove the battery" sticker while you remove the five-point Torx security screw hidden underneath.

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Step 6  ¶ 

  • Lift the battery by its plastic pull tab and slide it away from the long edge of the upper case.

  • Do not try to completely remove the battery just yet.

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Step 7  ¶ 

  • Tilt the battery back enough to access the battery cable connector.

  • Pull the battery cable connector away from its socket on the logic board and remove the battery from the upper case.

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Step 8 Hard Drive  ¶ 

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

  • These screws are captive to the hard drive bracket.

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

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Step 9  ¶ 

  • 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 10  ¶ 

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

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Step 11 SSD Installation  ¶ 

  • Remove 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 12  ¶ 

  • 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 15" Unibody 2.53 GHz Mid 2009 category page.

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