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MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Mid 2009 SSD Installation

Upgrade your hard drive for more storage space.

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 ten screws securing the lower case to the upper case:

    • Seven 3 mm Phillips screws.

    • Three 13.5 mm Phillips screws.

Step 2  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Remove the lower case and set it aside.

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.

Step 3 Battery  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Use Apple specialty tool 922-9101 or  to remove the two exposed five-point Torx security screws along the top edge of the battery.

Step 3 Battery  ¶ 

  • Three special five-point Torx screws secure the battery to the upper case.

  • Use Apple specialty tool 922-9101 or to remove the two exposed five-point Torx security screws along the top edge of the battery.

  • A common 1.5 mm flathead screwdriver also works well enough to remove the screws.

  • You do not necessarily have to follow steps 3-6 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.

Step 4  ¶ 

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Step 4  ¶ 

  • 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 screw hidden underneath.

Step 5  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Do not try to completely remove the battery just yet.

Step 5  ¶ 

  • 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.

Step 6  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Pull the battery cable connector away from its socket on the logic board and remove the battery from the upper case.

Step 6  ¶ 

  • 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.

Step 7 Hard Drive  ¶ 

Image 1/2: These screws are captive to the hard drive bracket.

Step 7 Hard Drive  ¶ 

  • Remove the 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.

Step 8  ¶ 

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Step 8  ¶ 

  • Lift the hard drive by its pull tab and pull it out of the chassis, minding the cable attaching it to the computer.

Step 9  ¶ 

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Step 9  ¶ 

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

Step 10 SSD Installation  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Transfer these screws to your new SSD.

Step 10 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.

Step 11  ¶ 

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

Step 11  ¶ 

  • 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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