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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.

Remove the following ten screws securing the lower case to the upper 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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Using both hands, lift the lower case near the vent to pop it off two clips securing it to the upper case.
  • 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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Three special five-point Torx screws secure the battery to the upper case. They can be removed with this special driver
  • 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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Remove the two exposed five-point Torx security screws along the top edge of the battery.
  • Remove the two exposed five-point Torx security screws along the top edge of the battery.

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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.
  • 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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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.
  • 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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Tilt the battery back enough to access the battery cable connector.
  • 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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Remove two Phillips screws securing the hard drive bracket to the upper case. These screws are captive to the hard drive bracket.
  • 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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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.
  • Remove the hard drive cable by pulling its connector straight away from the hard drive.

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