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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.

Remove the following 10 screws securing the lower case to the MacBook Pro 13" Unibody:
  • 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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Slightly lift the lower case and push it toward the rear of the computer to free the mounting tabs.
  • Slightly lift the lower case and push it toward the rear of the computer to free the mounting tabs.

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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.
  • 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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Remove two Phillips screws securing the hard drive bracket to the upper case.
  • 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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Lift the the retaining bracket out of the upper case.
  • Lift the the retaining bracket out of the upper case.

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Lift the hard drive by its pull tab and pull it out of the chassis, minding the cable attaching it to the computer.
  • 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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Remove the hard drive cable by pulling its connector straight away from the hard drive.
  • Remove the hard drive cable by pulling its connector straight away from the hard drive.

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Remove the two T6 Torx screws from each side of the hard drive (four screws total). Transfer these screws to your new SSD.
  • 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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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.
  • 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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