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MacBook Core 2 Duo SSD Installation

  • Author: Dozuki System
  • Time estimate: 15 - 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.

Step 1 Battery  ¶ 

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Step 1 Battery  ¶ 

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

Step 2  ¶ 

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Step 2  ¶ 

  • Lift the battery out of the computer.

Step 3 Memory Cover  ¶ 

Image 1/1: The screws are captive to the metal memory cover so you cannot lose them.

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.

Step 4  ¶ 

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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.

Step 5 Hard Drive  ¶ 

Image 1/1: The hard drive goes back into its compartment with the label facing down.

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.

Step 6 SSD Installation  ¶ 

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Step 6 SSD Installation  ¶ 

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

Step 7  ¶ 

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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.

Step 8  ¶ 

Image 1/1: You'll need to transfer the screws and this metal bracket to your new hard drive.

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.

Step 9  ¶ 

Image 1/3: Peel the backings up off the adhesive strips mounted on the spacer.

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.

Conclusion

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

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