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Replace the clunky, spinning hard drive inside your MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2012 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.

  1. Remove the following ten screws:
    • Remove the following ten screws:

      • Three 14.4 mm Phillips screws

      • Three 3.5 mm Phillips screws

      • Four 3.5 mm shouldered Phillips screws

  2. Use your fingers to pry the lower case away from the body of the MacBook near the vent.
    • Use your fingers to pry the lower case away from the body of the MacBook near the vent.

    • Remove the lower case.

    • Use the edge of a spudger to pry the battery connector upwards from its socket on the logic board.

    • It is useful to pry upward on both short sides of the connector to "walk" it out of its socket.

    • Bend the battery cable slightly away from its socket on the logic board so it does not accidentally connect itself while you work.

    • Remove the two Phillips screws securing the hard drive bracket to the upper case.

    • These screws will remain captive to the hard drive bracket.

    • Remove the hard drive bracket.

    • The hard drive bracket may be firmly seated against the upper case.

    • Use the attached pull tab to lift the hard drive out of the upper case.

    • Don't try to completely remove the hard drive just yet. It is still attached to the hard drive cable.

    • Pull the hard drive cable away from the body of the hard drive.

    • Remove the hard drive.

    • Remove the four 6.0 mm T6 Torx hard drive retaining posts from the sides of the hard drive.

      • Transfer these screws to your new SSD.

    • If desired, transfer the pull tab over to your new hard drive.

    • 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

Follow these instructions in reverse order to reassemble your device.

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