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MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2010 SSD Installation

Replace your hard drive with a lighter, faster SSD.

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.

Step 1 Lower Case  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Seven 3 mm Phillips screws.

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.

Step 2  ¶ 

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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.

Step 3 Battery  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the battery connector up out of its socket on the logic board.

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.

Step 4 Hard Drive  ¶ 

Image 1/1: These screws are captive to the hard drive bracket.

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.

Step 5  ¶ 

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Step 5  ¶ 

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

Step 6  ¶ 

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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.

Step 7  ¶ 

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Step 7  ¶ 

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

Step 8 SSD Installation  ¶ 

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.

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.

Step 9  ¶ 

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.

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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