Introduction

You can install hard drives up to 9.5mm thick.

Use your fingers to push both battery release tabs away from the battery and lift the battery out of the computer.
  • Use your fingers to push both battery release tabs away from the battery and lift the battery out of the computer.

Before upgrading to a larger HD, you'll want to "clone" your original HD using the donation-ware program "Carbon Copy Cloner" (http://www.bombich.com/). Put the new HD in an external case; clone the original; test the clone (by starting up with it), then take apart the MacBook to put the new HD in the MacBook, and the original in the external case for use as a backup, etc. (You can't just drag the contents of the original HD to the new HD, and expect it to work; not since the days of OS 9 and before.)

amiller770 - Réponse

Can I put more than two gigabytes of RAM in?

Noah Nsangou - Réponse

mine has 2g*2=4 gb ram in. you should be fine

on mac forum it suggested to put 4gb and a 2gb in a1261.

david -

I made the mistake of wanting to do a clean install of OS and start fresh after installing a SSD. Now I can't install most browsers on OSX Leopard. Does anyone know what is the most current version of OS I can put on this system? (disk or download) Can I get to Snow or Lion?

2006 17" MackBook Pro Model#A1151

2.16 GHz Intel Core Duo

Memory: Two 1GB 667 MHz

Hard Drive: Corsair Force GS: SSD 128GB

scannon - Réponse

You can install OS X 10.7 LION and no later version. Although LION runs ok with 2GB RAM it does help to get 1GB + 2GB = 3GB. Even if you install 2 X 4GB you will only utilize 3GB. Installing a SSD seems to make no difference since the SATA bus is only 1.5GB/s. A good 5400rpm disk is good enough. I even run BootCamp and Windows 7. Works fine. Not fast but fine. My A1212 refuses to die :-)

asle -

There seems to be some discrepancy about whether or not installing a SSD will help. See Phil's earlier comment from October 2015: there, *he* claims that having an SSD increases the load times significantly, (even though -- of course -- 1.5Gbps is not ideal)...

His quotation, (re-)cited integrally:

Just replaced my old HD with a Corsair Force LX SSD (which is SATA 1-3 compatible as required by this model) with success now my old 'outdated' laptop has super fast loading times and is postively flying faster than the speed of 'sound'. Thanks for the guide. Only problem I faced was replacing the top panel which after a few minutes of panic realised the rubber mounted Mic next to the left speaker had risen up when I had removed the top panel so after carefully pushing it back into place the panel fitted back how it should, so beware of this possible problem.

Phil - 10/07/2015

at0gjm -

Remove the four identical Phillips 3.4 mm screws from the memory door.  These screws have 4 mm diameter heads rather than the 3 mm heads on the body screws.
  • Remove the four identical Phillips 3.4 mm screws from the memory door. These screws have 4 mm diameter heads rather than the 3 mm heads on the body screws.

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Lift the memory door up enough to get a grip on it, and slide it toward you, pulling it away from the casing.
  • Lift the memory door up enough to get a grip on it, and slide it toward you, pulling it away from the casing.

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Remove the three Phillips screws in the battery compartment near the latch. Apple was nice enough to tilt these screws at a slight angle to make them easier to remove.  On the A1261 these screws have 4 mm diameter heads rather than the 3 mm heads on the body screws.
  • Remove the three Phillips screws in the battery compartment near the latch. Apple was nice enough to tilt these screws at a slight angle to make them easier to remove. On the A1261 these screws have 4 mm diameter heads rather than the 3 mm heads on the body screws.

One of the screws here wouldn't bite going back in. I'm 100% certain it's the same screw that came out of it but it wouldn't bite going back, neither would any of the other two in this section in that particular hole.

Damon B - Réponse

To Damon - possibly the thread on the bottom of the upper case is obstructed.

I found that I needed to fight the latch magnet with the right-most screw in the photo. The screw was pulled away from the hole so a magnetized screwdriver was not enough to place it. I needed tweezers to hold the screw in place until it bit.

Yishai Sered - Réponse

Remove the following six screws:
  • Remove the following six screws:

    • Two 14.5 mm T6 Torx screws on either side of the RAM slot.

    • Four 3.4 mm Phillips screws along the hinge.

Note for re-assembly: For the hinge use the longest four Phillips screws.

R L - Réponse

The Philips screws in Step 5 are longer than the other Philips screws. Would be better if the instructions differentiated them. Otherwise it is possible to use the wrong screws in Step 7 when reassembling.

Alex - Réponse

These instructions are actually wrong. The 14.5 mm screws are for along the hinge, the 2 on either side of the RAM slot are about 10 mm.

Andrew Patterson - Réponse

Remove the four 3.4 mm Phillips screws on the port side of the computer.
  • Remove the four 3.4 mm Phillips screws on the port side of the computer.

When reassembling, please be careful not to screw into the wrong spot. I accidentally screwed into the DVI port and it was hard to remove the screw after that. I had to disassemble the whole thing again, only to find that I couldn't remove the screw from within as it was encased. After much scraping and prodding with a sewing needle, I was able to get that screw out. Phew!

isotope434 - Réponse

Rotate the computer 90 degrees and remove the two Phillips screws from the rear of the computer.
  • Rotate the computer 90 degrees and remove the two Phillips screws from the rear of the computer.

Screw on the right is shorter

mikefal - Réponse

The screws on mine were exactly the same size.

Quote from mikefal:

Screw on the right is shorter

Chris - Réponse

What are these two screws called?

ian - Réponse

Rotate the computer 90 degrees again and remove the four Phillips screws from the side of the computer.
  • Rotate the computer 90 degrees again and remove the four Phillips screws from the side of the computer.

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Do not yank the upper case off quickly. The case is attached to the logic board via a ribbon cable.
  • Do not yank the upper case off quickly. The case is attached to the logic board via a ribbon cable.

  • Lift up the back of the case and work your fingers along the sides, freeing the case as you go. Once you have freed the sides, you may need to rock the case up and down to free the front of the upper case.

WOW this step is very hard!!! its a serious suction cup..

nya - Réponse

Once the upper case is free...Carefully tilt the upper case from the front towards the screen as their is a ribbon cable directly beneath the keyboard and trackpad that will need to be removed in the next step.

Troy - Réponse

Be very careful not to bend the screw tabs on the top case the perimeter screws attach to. Bending them causes them to quickly fatigue and potentially break off. When reassembling the top case, be sure the tabs are all *inside* the case before reseating it. If you get resistance, pull the case back up, check the tabs and reseat the top case again.

Sheldon Carpenter - Réponse

Disconnect the trackpad and keyboard ribbon cable from the logic board.
  • Disconnect the trackpad and keyboard ribbon cable from the logic board.

  • Remove the upper case.

Disconnecting this cable is optional, if instead you tip up the top case ~75 degrees, propping it up with something non-metalic (wedged in or by the battery compartment). Unplugging a connector from the main circuit board always carries slight additional risk.

amiller770 - Réponse

It's not really necessary to disconnect the trackboard/keyboard ribbon cable. You can simply lean the upper case against the LCD.

Russ Greene - Réponse

how reconnect this cable?

anatole - Réponse

I did this with and without step 10 (removing the upper case with detached cable). Removing the cable is risk, putting it back on was not so easy. But then, leaning the keyboard part against the LCD while replacing the hard drive is also risky.

tobybaier - Réponse

Peel up the orange ribbon cable taped to the top of the hard drive. This cable is still connected to the hard drive, so you will only be able to lift up on the cable a little.
  • Peel up the orange ribbon cable taped to the top of the hard drive. This cable is still connected to the hard drive, so you will only be able to lift up on the cable a little.

HELP! The orange ribbon cable taped to the top of the hard drive came disconnected from the left side of the hard drive space. How do I reconnect it?

Jillybeanz - Réponse

Remove the two T6 Torx screws securing the hard drive retaining bracket to the lower case.
  • Remove the two T6 Torx screws securing the hard drive retaining bracket to the lower case.

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Lift the hard drive retaining bracket up and out of the computer.
  • Lift the hard drive retaining bracket up and out of the computer.

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Lift the hard drive by tilting it from the right hand side, then lift it gently out of the lower case.
  • Lift the hard drive by tilting it from the right hand side, then lift it gently out of the lower case.

  • If present, remove the piece of tape holding the hard drive connector in its socket on the hard drive.

Tape is on the top and bottom of the HD.

amiller770 - Réponse

Note that the tape could be present on both sides of the drive...Be sure to check the underside of the drive as well.

Troy - Réponse

hah! After yanking on my SATA cable for a good 5 minutes, did I notice the tape on the bottom. Thanks,

Bryan -

Note that the tape could be present on both sides of the drive..Be sure to check the underside as well.

Troy - Réponse

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

On some models there is tape holding the connector onto the drive. You will need to carefully remove this before the connector can be detached.

Paul Kroitor - Réponse

Remove the two silver T6 Torx screws and white (or black) rubber bumpers from the right side of the hard drive.
  • Remove the two silver T6 Torx screws and white (or black) rubber bumpers from the right side of the hard drive.

  • You'll need to transfer these screws and bumpers to your new hard drive if you're changing drives. Make sure to put these on the right side of the drive when looking at the label with the SATA connector at the far end.

Care should be taken to avoid squeezing the hard drive cover (especially in the area over the platters). It is best to only hold it edgewise and never as shown in the photos.

Vernon Johnson - Réponse

Remove the two silver T6 Torx screws from the left side of the hard drive (the rubber bumpers remain in the case for the left side of the drive)
  • Remove the two silver T6 Torx screws from the left side of the hard drive (the rubber bumpers remain in the case for the left side of the drive)

  • You'll need to transfer these screws to your new hard drive if you're changing drives.

  • If you are installing a new hard drive, we have an OS X install guide to get you up and running.

HELP! My enclosure does Not just slip off or anything when i remove the 4 screws!!!!!!

Brandon William - Réponse

Its not supposed to. Just the screws and the bumper.

Rohan -

Don't forget, new drives need to have a partition created on them before it being recognized by the mac for OSX installation. Boot the installation CD and when it loads, select "Disk Utility" and create a new partition, then it will recognize and show the hard disk so you may select it for installation of OSX.

theonlyexpert - Réponse

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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On my A1212, all four rubber bumpers were attached to the hard drive.

michael leahy - Réponse

While this is listed as moderate difficulty, I think it's on the easy side of moderate. If you're used to replacing PC parts, it won't be a problem. Worst problem is dealing with tiny screws with my big hands. I used SuperDuper to clone the drive before swapping.

glenthompson - Réponse

Actually, you can install hard drives up to 12mm thick

spsantos - Réponse

Actually the tools you only need are the T6-Torx and the Phillips screwdrivers. Everything else is optional for this operation. By the way: thank you, for the guidance! :)

azolee1848 - Réponse

Excellent guide. For anyone who's replaced PC parts before the job is a piece of cake. Tip: Use a muffin tin to put the screws from each step in a different muffin hole in order. Easy to reassemble. I used SuperDuper to clone the new drive.

Bill Carpenter - Réponse

Just replaced my old HD with a Corsair Force LX SSD (which is SATA 1-3 compatible as required by this model) with success now my old 'outdated' laptop has super fast loading times and is postively flying faster than the speed of 'sound'. Thanks for the guide. Only problem I faced was replacing the top panel which after a few minutes of panic realised the rubber mounted Mic next to the left speaker had risen up when I had removed the top panel so after carefully pushing it back into place the panel fitted back how it should, so beware of this possible problem.

Phil - Réponse

Rather than a HD, I installed a 240 GIG SSD. As I key this in, I'm installing Mavericks on this 2007 MBP's new SSD..

Your instructions were (as you must know) right on the mark. Your photos were accurate and easy to view. You helped make what I thought was going to be a bit of a tough job, very enjoyable and easy to accomplish. Thank you for positing the information. - Gary

Gary Lauterback - Réponse

Very good instructions. Thank you.

gerry duniec - Réponse

This was very helpful to me as I upgraded to an SSD.

Pastor Jason - Réponse

why would you use this laptop on a daily basis? its more than 10 years old! i bought one so i could have it in my macbook collection, not to use it everyday as my daily driver.

JCRGH - Réponse

It could be used as a daily primary computersimply because it works and for what most people do at home, nothing else is really needed.

wrgalovich -

I have an audio interface from this era - 2008 - an Alesis IO-16 - which requires a Firewire connection and it also only works with the Mac Operating System Version from this era hence I need to get a MacBookPro from this era up and running.

Keith Oehme - May 2018

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