L'ajout d'un second disque dur dans votre ordinateur portable présente de nombreux avantages : amélioration de la vitesse, espace de stockage supplémentaire et moins de soucis lors de l'installation de nouveaux logiciels. Utilisez ce guide pour en installer un en utilisant notre boîtier de disque dur pour baie optique.

  1. À l'aide d'une pièce de monnaie, faites tourner la vis de verrouillage de la batterie de 90 degrés dans le sens des aiguilles d'une montre.
    • À l'aide d'une pièce de monnaie, faites tourner la vis de verrouillage de la batterie de 90 degrés dans le sens des aiguilles d'une montre.

    I used this guide plus the Thermal Paste guide to resolve my MacBook RRS (Random Restart Syndrome) issue. My MacBook would randomly restart after the fan kicked into high speed. When I removed the heatsink I discovered an an irregular patch completely free of thermal compound of about 15-20% of the area on one of the processors. I removed and re-applied the thermal paste. I ran a memory test utility overnight that previously caused a restart after a couple of hours, and the probelm seems to be solved. TIme will tell.

    ServiceDocs - Réponse

    This guide was seriously helpful, so thanks for putting this together. I found a thick ribbon of dust/muck whatever between the fan outlet and the exhaust port that was almost as dense as felt. My fan must have been fighting like crazy trying to pass air through that blockage, which explains the high temps and excessive fan noise. Wish I'd done this sooner...

    Thanks again!

    skraggle - Réponse

    Just R&R'ed the fan in my black MacBook Core 2 Duo tonight. Took me 30 minutes tops and I was taking my time. These instructions are SPOT ON! Great job! Two thumbs up!

    Follow the instructions exactly as you see and have a piece of paper taped to the table next to you that you can outline all the screws you took out so you know where they go back in. I expected this to be a LOT harder, but it was one of the simplest repairs I've ever done to ANY computer!

    mikeutter - Réponse

    Piece of cake--or should I say gum. If you don't have a magnetized screwdriver, load up a stick of gum and chomp on it until it's needed then use a bit to retain screw on the driver. And if you should tear the black tape, or if the silver tape won't stick any more, just bubblegum it together. The instructions were clear and correct, which made for a very simple repair.

    Mike Woodruff - Réponse

    My battery does not pop out when after step 1. Any idea why, and how do fix it?

    Calvin - Réponse

    Quote from Calvin:

    My battery does not pop out when after step 1. Any idea why, and how do fix it?

    Will not drop out even if you turn it upside down?

    skraggle - Réponse

    Somehow, now my isight camera doesn't work and the light is always on. Cannot figure out what I did wrong.

    josefsalyer - Réponse

    Somehow the plastic disc with the slot for a coin got dislodged from the case, and I can't seem to get it open now. Any tips/links on how to open this without the aid of the plastic disc?

    Peter Wood - Réponse

    i broke my disc off as well. I used two toothpicks to rotate the thing. hi tech.

    howard bederman -

    Outstanding guide - thank you!

    owen bullock - Réponse

    My computer will not charge when plugged in. It will stay on as ling as the plug is in the wall however if the power source gets disconnected it will shut down immediately. I removed the battery and put it back in that did not help. It worked and charged fine 2 days ago. I have a backpack with a laptop storage area. I went to hang the backpack up and it fell and ever since the battery is not functioning. Is there some fix I can try or is my only solution to replace it? I would have thought that dropping it would affect more than the battery?

    Beth Tomasek - Réponse

    Better leave the back pack where it cannot fall. Hindsight is so much better than foresight . I learned the hard way too!

    Loy Lum - Réponse

    Many of the tiny screws in this project were quite sticky. I found some blue Loctite residue that must have been when the Apple repair shop worked on the laptop years ago. I have found that it is important to hold the correct driver firmly down in the screw and then just tweak the driver in short bursts to loosen it before unscrewing it with a smooth turn.

    Patrick Langvardt - Réponse

    Be really careful while doing this to not use too much force while doing this step, because the plastic disc can break off and it can be a cosmetic issue along with functionality issue. This happened to me first hand so please take my word for it…

    Aaron Cooke - Réponse

    Probably worth mentioning at this stage that the caddy you propose to use should not have lugs on the front corners, like those used in unibody 1278 and onwards.

    harwood - Réponse

  2. Retirez la batterie de l'ordinateur en la soulevant.
    • Retirez la batterie de l'ordinateur en la soulevant.

    I just replaced the battery as indicated (with a iFixit part), but the computer says there is no battery connected, even after letting the power plug in for more than one hour.

    Jean Wallemacq - Réponse

    I think I found the way to have the new battery to charge!!!!!


    Essentially, you have to follow a very precise order: 1/shut down the computer, 2/take off the magsafe connector, 3/remove the old battery, 4/put back the magsafe connector, 5/put the new battery, 6/power on, each time leaving a few seconds in between.

    Jean Wallemacq - Réponse

    • Dévissez les trois vis Phillips espacées régulièrement sur la paroi arrière du compartiment de la batterie.

    • Les vis sont intégrées au capot métallique de la mémoire, vous ne pouvez donc pas les perdre.

    please pay attention that screws are native to metal pieces otherwise you are going to be a stupid like me trying to unscrew unsuccessfully until I reread the guide

    manochu - Réponse

    Lay the screws out in a ”timeline” like a circle, Then when you reassemble just start from the end of the “timeline”

    decristoforo - Réponse

    The screws have to unscrewing positions, first they unscrew from the whole body BUT if you move the lid without entirely removing the screws, they will remain attached to the lid. This I find much more recomendable!

    Wytchkraft - Réponse

    I found when putting this back in that I had to use a spudger to work the mesh/foam into the slot where the memory cards are so the bracket would lay flat again when screwed back in.

    slwatts2 - Réponse

    What size screwdriver

    edward greene - Réponse

    • Faites pivoter le capot de la mémoire en forme de L de manière à dégager l'ouverture du compartiment de la batterie, soulevez-le et sortez-le de l'ordinateur.

    That looks so easy!

    caiden rutledge - Réponse

    • Retirez les 3 vis suivantes :

      • Une vis Phillips n°00 11 mm au milieu du boîtier (tête : diamètre 5 mm x épaisseur 0,75 mm).

      • Deux vis Phillips n°00 14,5 mm (tête : diamètre 5 mm x épaisseur 0,75 mm).

    • Si les vis adhèrent au boîtier, vous pouvez utiliser un tournevis aimanté pour les sortir.

    • La plus courte de ces vis est celle du milieu.

    I couldn't get the top two 11mm screws to come out, even with a magnetized driver. When I tried to keep unscrewing them, they clicked like they were spring mounted, and I didn't have any trouble leaving them in and continuing on.

    ryan64 - Réponse

    Quote from ryan64:

    I couldn't get the top two 11mm screws to come out, even with a magnetized driver. When I tried to keep unscrewing them, they clicked like they were spring mounted, and I didn't have any trouble leaving them in and continuing on.

    I use a strong magnet to pull the screws out of their socket.

    Alaerus - Réponse

    The top two screws didn't seem to want to come out, and I saw no reason they had to, so I left them there, put a little piece of tape over each so they wouldn't fall out.

    HandyMac - Réponse

    You need to replace the shorter middle screw first, otherwise it won't tighten later since it won't quite reach the bottom.

    colmcostelloe - Réponse

    for me this was the hardest part especially the two 14.5mm that dint want to come out. keep turning the screw and slightly pressing the case down, once the screw is a little use try using finger, screw and a non metallic point to try to push them out. they arent tight but they are very hard to unscrew i almost gave up, but believe me they come out with patience

    manochu - Réponse

    I also did not find that I needed to remove the two 14.5 mm screws. I unscrewed them but they seemed designed to stay with the case and I found it did not seem to affect anything to just let them stay there.

    Alice - Réponse

    • Retirez les 3 vis suivantes de la paroi arrière du compartiment de la batterie :

      • Une vis Phillips n°0 3 mm (tête : diamètre 2,75 mm).

      • Deux vis Phillips n°0 4 mm de chaque côté (tête : diamètre 2,75 mm).

      • Soyez particulièrement prudent avec ces vis. Elles s'abîment très facilement.

    On this step, I encountered a problem. The middle screw was screwed in very very tightly. As a result, I ended up stripping the screw despite being very careful. I tried to use a wire cutter to remove the screw, but that did not work. I actually ended up using the wirecutter to cut the bracket off, leaving the screw screwed in. This did not affect anything. I am typing off of my replace macbook top case right now.

    The point is, BE CAREFUL! but if something does go wrong, don't fret. There are solutions.

    LaNoobieFixer - Réponse

    On a Macbook I just tore down, I found that in this step, the 4mm screw was on the left, not the right. I thought maybe someone else had it apart before and accidentally switched them so in staying true to these instructions I tried to reassemble with the 4mm screw on the right. I found it would not go all the way in. I ended up putting it back together with the 2-3mm screws on the right and the 1-4mm screw on the left.

    scottgriz - Réponse

    I didn't look closely at these screws when I took it apart, but when I went to put it back together (two weeks later) I found I had two longer (4mm?) screws, and one short one. So I put the longer ones in the two end spots, the short one in the middle; they all seemed to go in okay. (Maybe the screws got changed around the last time the cracked top case was replaced, when the MB was in the Apple shop under warranty last year.)

    HandyMac - Réponse

    Me too. I had two longer 4mm screws here, and one 3mm screw. And I didn't pay attention to what holes each screw came out of. I put them back in a random order and it seems fine.

    Thomas -

    My early 2008 MacBook was the same. 2 x 4mm in the outer and 1 x 3mm in the centre.

    Ernie K -

    You need to replace the shorter middle screw first, otherwise it won't tighten later.

    colmcostelloe - Réponse

    I needed a tweezers here. These screws are tiny!

    If you lose one you may have to remove the RAM (by pulling the appropriate lever) and gently slide out the screw.

    colmcostelloe - Réponse

    oh thanks I thought the screw was lost forever

    Ike Broflovski -

    I couldn't pull over the two 3 mm Phillips on the step 6, how could you've done it?

    Eliotus - Réponse

    To confirm what HandyMac and colmcostelloe found, some MacBooks have one 3mm and two 4mm screws in the rear wall of the battery compartment. On the one I worked on, the shorter 3mm screw came from the middle hole.

    BeatJunkie - Réponse

    please note the position of the screws because when you are reinstalling them you might get confuse. this ones go below or under (sorry English inst my first language). There are two screw holes this steps are for the ones below.

    manochu - Réponse

    Citazione da BeatJunkie:

    To confirm what HandyMac and colmcostelloe found, some MacBooks have one 3mm and two 4mm screws in the rear wall of the battery compartment. On the one I worked on, the shorter 3mm screw came from the middle hole.

    Thanks Beat Junkie, this was the situation with my Mac 2.13ghz Mid 2009 that I was putting back together. Thanks for the confirmation! (For the 6th step)

    Cong Trieu - Réponse

    For me (A1181), there were two shorter screws and one longer. The longer went on the left (a shorter screw wouldn't catch). (Not the middle that is currently in the instruction. But that could be model difference.) The middle screw started to strip the head but using a slightly larger phillips allowed me to get it out.

    Paul Collins - Réponse

    I have two MacBooks, one white and one black and both had two 3mm screws and one 4mm screw, opposite of what was in the main document

    doublel - Réponse

    In my late 2006 macbook the central screw was longer than the side screws..

    Julien Lesage - Réponse

    Mine was A1181 model, Core 2 Duo 2.16 GHz. Of course I did not keep track of the screws and ended up with two shorter ones and one longer. Replaced them with the longer one to the right of the three. Got it done with a Wiha PH00 screwdriver. Had better hold than the bit from the precision screwdriver kit.

    quentinlow - Réponse

    me too. Got it done with a iFixIt PH00 screwdriver.

    Johhnie Doe -

    Stripped a head on my left screw (A1181 model, Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz). Used a precision 1.5 slotted screwdriver to get enough bite to screw it out and back in.

    Daniel - Réponse

    I couldn't get the suggested Phillips #0 tip to grab. PH#00 worked, but I found the PH#000 to work the best.

    steveeb33 - Réponse

    I found this step to be the hardest to put back because of the angle - even with iFixIt's driver Flex Extension.

    steveeb33 - Réponse

    • Retirez les deux vis Phillips de chaque côté de la paroi droite du compartiment de la batterie (pas celles qui sont les plus proches du connecteur de la batterie).

      • Deux vis Phillips n°000 6,25 mm (tête : diamètre 4 mm x épaisseur 0,5 mm).

    The steps do not tell you what length screw that is needed to be here. What I can tell you that is the screw needs to be 5mm or 6mm, NOT 7.5 or 8mm or 9mm.

    Cong Trieu - Réponse

    Screwdriver PH0

    Projectors Band - Réponse

    • Retirez les quatre vis Phillips indiquées de la paroi avant du compartiment de la batterie : En partant de la gauche, retirez les 2e, 4e, 7e et 9e vis.

      • Quatre vis Phillips n°000 3,25 mm (tête : diamètre 4 mm x épaisseur 4 mm).

    It's recommended to use a PH00 screwdriver instead of the PH000.

    The PH000 is too small and you can damage the screwheads.

    Martin Born - Réponse

    I used PH0 for this

    Projectors Band - Réponse

    • Retirez les 4 vis suivantes à l'arrière de l'ordinateur :

    • Les vis les plus longues vont à l'intérieur de l'ordinateur, les plus courtes à l'extérieur.

      • Deux vis Phillips n°00 11 mm, avec tige (diamètre 2,2 mm x longueur 2 mm) (tête : diamètre 3,2 mm x épaisseur 0,5 mm).

      • Deux vis Phillips n°00 7,25 mm, avec tige (diamètre 2 mm x longueur 3,75 mm) (tête : diamètre 3,2 mm x épaisseur 0,5 mm).

    Outer screws (red) are shorter (7mm long), while inner screws (orange) are 11mm.

    ptb - Réponse

    I found these screws quite loose; upon reassembly, I wanted to torque them but found the case would distort towards the center, so I had to leave them fairly loose

    David A - Réponse

    I cannot get the two outer screws out for the life of me- and afraid of stripping them. Already see I'm doing some damage. Help? What can I do?

    Olivia - Réponse

    Are you sure you have a proper screwdriver? From my experience you really need to use the correct size and not just something that seems to fit.

    Jakub Clapa -

    Olivia, you can screw back the longer screws that go on the inside. In the photo marked with orange. Then open and close the lid of the MacBook a few times. This will fit the 4 screws more properly in the steel inner-frame and they can come a little bit loose.

    Close the lid again. Leave the inner screws untouched and begin with the outer screws (marked with red) with indeed a perfect matching screwdriver head (with a big and long grip for your hand). This worked for me perfectly without damage. Success!

    S van Dam -

    When reassembling, do not fully tighten the two 11 mm (orange) screws. When the plastic starts to flex, back it off until the strain on the plastic housing is released and leave it at that. The two 7.25 mm (red) can be snug.

    steveeb33 - Réponse

    • Retirez les deux vis Phillips du côté de l'ordinateur correspondant au lecteur optique.

      • Deux vis Phillips n°00 5,2 mm, avec tige (diamètre 2,3 mm x longueur 3,5 mm) (tête : diamètre 3,2 mm x épaisseur 0,5 mm).

    • Il est inutile de retirer les vis similaires présentes de l'autre côté de l'ordinateur.

    The screw farthest from the optical drive would not come out, all other screws came out fine with my screw driver and the screw looks ok, any tips on how to get the screw out?

    Aidan Morey - Réponse

    With some of the screws that can happen. I had it too. This did it for the MacBook I was repairing: 1. Open the MacBook. Then press firm but gentle on the upper case with your hand or fingers while trying to loosen the screw with your screwdriver. 2. I used a different screwdriver from the same size diameter but with a much larger hand-grip. Success!

    S van Dam -

    • Ne retirez pas complètement le boîtier supérieur, car il est encore relié à la carte mère par le ruban du pavé tactile et du clavier.

    • En commençant près de l'écran et en vous rapprochant de l'avant de l'ordinateur, soulevez le boîtier supérieur en faisant levier. Vous pouvez vous aider d'un médiator moyennement rigide pour cette opération.

    • Le boîtier supérieur risque d'adhérer à l'endroit où il est en contact avec le lecteur optique. Dans ce cas, dégagez d'abord les autres côtés, puis tirez sur le boîtier de chaque côté de l'ouverture du lecteur optique.

    • Si vous laissez la base posée, il se peut que vous retiriez quatre clips gris qui maintiennent le clavier en place. Pas de panique ! Ils s'insèrent dans quatre fentes situées dans le coin supérieur droit près du lecteur optique.

    There will be 4 grey plastic clips just right of the DVD drive. Note their position as they will fall out in the next steps.

    tim7866 - Réponse

    No such clips found on my early 2008 version.

    Ernie K -

    Thank you ifixit, it was huge help for me, I did it and everything just works great.....THANK YOU!

    Dako - Réponse

    As is reported above, there a 4 friction tabs that connect to the keyboard. If they do not stay in place and stick to the keyboard, the keyboard will not go back on. Just remove them and put them in the clips, with the solid clip wall to the outside of the unit, and put the keyboard back on. Do this before reconnecting the keyboard.

    David Higgins - Réponse

    I had no problem at all in this step, the left side was already unlocked when I open the MacBook, the right side was a little tricky but i was able to pull it out in less than a minute

    manochu - Réponse

    The front left had an annoying little metal strip between the outside of the case and the tab. It's very easily bent, so the tab was caught on it. I spent a good deal of time trying to push and pull various things (and even just yank the @$!^ thing off), but eventually I found that if you undo the two screws you are told not to in step 7, the battery connector can be pulled up and out, leaving enough horizontal room to pull out the metal strip (with a little bit of coercion). I left it out when I put everything back together.

    James Pearson Hughes - Réponse

    Thanks for the tip. Saved me!

    Joe -

    Because this step requires some force, make sure to double check that you got all your screws out. I finally got my gumption up to apply the necessary force required to pull up the upper case, and after 5 minutes of pulling, I look and see that the reason it wasn't coming up because I missed one screw. Ugh.

    Also, before you just shove your hands under the upper case, prying about, think twice: I cut my finger pretty bad on a sharp piece of metal.

    Thomas - Réponse

    When reassembling, take some care to align the tabs on the right hand side next to the optical drive. Rock and slide these tabs into position. Then work from right to left, as the rest of the case is quite easy to put back together.

    Andrew Dent - Réponse

    I took my mac apart yesterday to clean out the trackpad properly and after getting some 'help' from my grandfather (he lost 2 screws and snapped off a bit of the uppercase but i didn't have the heart to ask him to leave it alone) i tried putting the uppercase back on. it fits perfectly but the middle section closest to the screen appears slightly raised and when i go to screw in the four screws on the exterior of the laptop i can't because the hole is not at all aligned (and two of those four screws are very long). anyone know why this might be? can it be fixed/is it a common problem?

    Eliza - Réponse

    If the upper case sticks above the optical drive, don't pull straight up, but up and to the left at the same time.

    frood - Réponse

    Wow, pulling both up and to the left made all the difference for me, to unstick the keyboard around the optical drive.

    Neil Steiner -

    The plastic around the edge is very thin and cracks easily, so be gentle while using the opening tool.

    Henry S - Réponse

    On the right side above the optical drive there are little plastic braces that latch the upper case to the main body. This is the reason why the upper case might stick here. If the above step is not working, also try to gently push the upper case sideways away from the optical drive after freeing all other sides. When reassembling make sure the braces are in their slots of the main body and not attached to the upper case. If you cannot fit the upper case evenly over the optical drive, that's probably why. In this case carefully remove them and slide them back into their slots before lowering the upper case.

    Hendryk1982 - Réponse

    this guide was awesome. this step was easy for the broken macbook i salvaged and noticed because i got a factory replacement keyboard quite recently on my macbook in use, the 4 clips above the optical drive were TIGHT - it took quite a bit of pulling up before it came loose!

    Chinarut Ruangchotvit - Réponse

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    • Tout en tenant le boîtier supérieur d'une main, tirez sur la languette noire du câble argenté pour débrancher son connecteur.

    • S'il n'y a pas de languette, servez-vous d'un spudger et faites levier sur le connecteur afin de le débrancher. Le connecteur est haut. Veillez à le maintenir bien droit pendant l'opération.

    • Si vous rompez le câble lors du retrait du boîtier supérieur, sachez que vous pouvez l'acquérir en tant que pièce détachée et que nous proposons un guide pour faciliter son remplacement.

    • Une fois le boîtier supérieur démonté, vous aurez peut-être envie de saisir l'opportunité de le débarrasser de cheveux, de poussière, etc. Le mieux, c'est d'utiliser un petit soufflet, même si vous pouvez prendre une brosse. Si c'est la cas, veillez à utiliser des poils naturels non électrostatiques pour ne pas nuire aux composants électroniques.

    • Quatre clips en plastique gris sont présents sur le côté du clavier correspondant au lecteur optique. Lors du remontage, veillez à bien les insérer dans leurs logements pour que le clavier s'enclenche en position.

    • Pour faciliter le remontage, il est préférable de retirer les clips d'abord en tirant vers le haut doucement. Faites attention de ne pas mettre trop de force parce qu'ils casseront..

    When changing the topcase remember to change the sticker with the serial also! This might be important when further service or bigger repairs by apples service are needed. The serial also helps you with identifying your macbook!

    spi - Réponse

    The entire connector broke off the logic board when I was disconnecting the keyboard just now. Be extremely careful!

    Chris - Réponse

    I tried to remove the blacktab from the logic board, however, the black tab tore apart. The logic board is okay but the keyboard connector is torn. It has some silver wires passing through a whit plastic housing. It is the first generation of MacBook Core Duo. Do you think it can be repaired?

    Roger - Réponse

    I could not get the keyboard off my the body... (black macbook I don't know if that makes any difference). It was stuck bottom left hand corner, so I had to bend whatever was stuck to get access to the logicboard etc... any reason why this is the case??

    Takuma - Réponse

    not sure if this is the place to ask but my mac. doesn't start properly now it turns on and the little light on the right side turns on but keyboard leds don't and display doesn't either any ideas please?

    carlos - Réponse

    Great repair guide! Changing the top case was pretty easy and it saved me a lot of money.

    Harry - Réponse

    it was really easy, i had no experience whatsoever installing or unistalling mac parts (or pc either). it just took me less than 25 minutes, and i just finish and Im typing from my new upper case keyboard.

    manochu - Réponse

    After a sucessful install of the keyboard, the select (mouse buttun equivalent) was found to not operate consistently. I called support and they are shipping a new one out to me. THIS is why I buy from ifixit - sure I can get a part for less elsewhere - but I would not get the service I get with ifixit - THANKS guys!!!

    jgreengold - Réponse

    Note - I agree, this was VERY easy - great pictures, perfect explanations...

    jgreengold - Réponse

    Citazione da carlos:

    not sure if this is the place to ask but my mac. doesn't start properly now it turns on and the little light on the right side turns on but keyboard leds don't and display doesn't either any ideas please?

    Did you ever find an answer for this question? My computer is doing the same thing. Thanks.

    E Chambliss - Réponse

    Citazione da E Chambliss:

    Did you ever find an answer for this question? My computer is doing the same thing. Thanks.

    no i never did couldn't get help it blows to hear someone else had the same using a windows(yuk) but im getting a new mac next paycheck. if you figure it out let me know so i can fix my other one and maybe give it to my parents

    carlos - Réponse

    Citazione da carlos:

    no i never did couldn't get help it blows to hear someone else had the same using a windows(yuk) but im getting a new mac next paycheck. if you figure it out let me know so i can fix my other one and maybe give it to my parents

    Hello, I'm following this procedure because my MacBook isn't turning on due to a failure in the MagSafe DC In board, it was not charging the battery and therefore no power going in. The case was broken duirng warranty and also the MagSafe power adapter was replaced. Now it is failing again. This is an old late 2006 MacBook. Does your Mac powers on, do you hear the chime sound? or you are stuck with a hardware failure?

    Francisco - Réponse

    Citazione da Francisco:

    Hello, I'm following this procedure because my MacBook isn't turning on due to a failure in the MagSafe DC In board, it was not charging the battery and therefore no power going in. The case was broken duirng warranty and also the MagSafe power adapter was replaced. Now it is failing again. This is an old late 2006 MacBook. Does your Mac powers on, do you hear the chime sound? or you are stuck with a hardware failure?

    my MacBook charges the battery and powers on i dont hear a chime and it turns on but never starts

    carlos - Réponse

    Citazione da spi:

    When changing the topcase remember to change the sticker with the serial also! This might be important when further service or bigger repairs by apples service are needed. The serial also helps you with identifying your MacBook!

    How do you do it? I can't get it out

    Superb guide thank you guys

    eli - Réponse

    This takes some nerves if there is no tab, but be confident and just prise the connector straight up.

    Andrew Dent - Réponse

    Be very careful while you pulling the black tab! It's better to use spudger to pry the connector from it's housing while you gently pulling the black tab.

    eaksut - Réponse

    Clips removal: its hard with finger to pull. It's better and easy off with a pry tool (I used a flat twiser) to pry from the bottom gently for each clips. It was so smooth and easy.

    Johhnie Doe - Réponse

    After I clean everything nice… put the cable back and DO NOT TURN ON. What the !&&* happens!? Ideias my friends? :(

    Sorry my bad english!

    glecyo medeiros - Réponse

    • Saisissez la languette en plastique blanc fixée au disque dur et tirez-la vers la gauche pour retirer le disque dur de l'ordinateur.

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    • Retirez les deux vis Phillips du bord avant du lecteur optique.

      • Deux vis Phillips n°000 3,25 mm, (tête : diamètre 4 mm x épaisseur 0,3 mm)

    After installing the caddy successfully, I could not make the screw on the right fit in again. The distance between the hole and the caddy seemed to be too big.

    ThomasKS - Réponse

    !! I can't remove the left screw, and ended up "screwing" it.. it's a round hole now. What should I do?

    wkurosawa - Réponse

    • Débranchez le câble-ruban orange du lecteur optique de la carte mère. Pour débrancher ce câble, vous pouvez également utiliser un spudger pour le soulever en faisant levier.

    Pull straight up from the left

    tjkredo - Réponse

    • Débranchez le câble de données de l'écran qui est à présent accessible. Si aucune languette d'extraction n'est présente sur le dessus du connecteur, vous pouvez vous servir d'un spudger pour débrancher ce connecteur.

    The display cable was difficult to disconnect for me. I had to pull firmly and use the spudger at the same time to finally pop it off.

    supershibbydude1 - Réponse

    Pull the connector firmly straight up.

    Eric - Réponse

    I have found over the years that a connector puller is invaluable in these situations. I believe that I bought mine from iFixit. In steps 16 and 17 you'll have to partially de-route two cables at the base of the connectors in order to get a good grip with the connector puller.

    randy3833 - Réponse

    • Débranchez le câble du disque dur auquel vous avez maintenant accès.

    This step is not necessary

    nycstb - Réponse

    Left Off Here

    velopro - Réponse

    When reconnecting the Hard Drive Cable to the logic board (Step 17) I ran the HD cable on top of the microphone wire, and the other wire that runs parallel to it, when I should have run the HD cable underneath those two wires. This resulted in the hard drive not being connected on startup, and a lengthy troubleshooting session to figure this out. So save some time and install this underneath the two wires, just like you found it when taking it apart!

    mrphiliprichard - Réponse

    I've found it very useful to take photos of wire routing on disassembly for later reference.

    randy3833 - Réponse

    • Décollez le ruban adhésif alu entre le ventilateur et le lecteur optique. Enlevez le ruban du côté du ventilateur et laissez-le sur le lecteur optique.

    • Lors du réassemblage, faites attention de bien positionner les câbles sous le ruban adhésif avant de les recoller.

    I was gently pulling up the tape with a spudger, but the tape snapped clean in half right at the edge of the optical drive. I'm really pretty surprised because I see no reason why it would have done that.

    Neil Steiner - Réponse

    Leave the foil on the fan side cause you’ll be taking it off the optical drive anyway

    Luke - Réponse

    • Tirez vers le haut le câble de données de l'écran, qui longe le côté du lecteur optique de manière à avoir accès à une vis Phillips argentée.

    I had to unscrew a screw securing flat ribbons keeping cables in position between beeper and fan to reach for the dvd screw

    t0m - Réponse

    • Retirez la vis Phillips de 2 mm par laquelle est fixé le lecteur optique.

    • Il est possible que la vis soit recouverte par le câble Bluetooth ; dans ce cas, déplacez précautionneusement ce dernier avant de retirer la vis.

    STEP 20 - IMPORTANT= This screw secures a mounting bracket on the optical drive. This bracket's eyelets are slotted. The right side of the bracket has a tab inserted in the bottom case. After removing the screw, use the spudger to slide the bracket to the left. This disengages the tab from the right side of the case, thus allowing the optical drive to be lifted out in step 23.

    xtian - Réponse

    As an addition to xtian's note, the bracket that you need to slide right (and a spudger is very useful here) it may be because the rear right (as in the picture) of the optical drive needs to be GENTLY pushed down as the bracket end needs to slot into a hole on the right hand side of the case.

    Ernie K -

    After removing the screw gently push the metal tong (which the screw was holding) towards the fan. This will unlock the drive mount.

    Tom Roinisto - Réponse

    Please add this notes to the actual step. I missed the comments and bent the bracket.

    huso - Réponse

    I used a #000 Phillips.

    Eric - Réponse

    I found it helpful to remove the screw sitting to the lower left of the speaker.

    patjmccarthy - Réponse

    There is only one screw holding the optical drive down, the one circled in red. the one in orange is for the ground loop for the microphone and right speaker cable. Also, a spudger makes quick work of moving the cables out of the way to get to the screw for easy removal/replacement.

    Leo LeBron - Réponse

    As I tried to refit the optical drive, the plastic mount for the brass threaded socket that receives the screw crumbled like an old tooth. Only thing for it was to ditch the plastic and superglue the brass socket into place on the case - seems to have worked. (People who design parts/fixings that involve strong materials held in place by weaker ones should be imprisoned). I also had to remove the sliding bracket on the drive and cut 2/3mm off the right hand end to get the screw hole to align with the brass socket, also seems not to have caused any harm. Never thought I would find myself lashing out with the superglue and wielding a hacksaw inside a laptop...empowered!

    muir mackean - Réponse

    • Soulevez la carte Bluetooth sur le côté droit du lecteur optique.

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    • Déroutez le câble du disque dur qui passe à l'avant du lecteur optique.

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    • Soulevez le bord avant du lecteur optique et faites-le glisser vers le haut pour le sortir de l'ordinateur.

    On the the optical drive there is a sliding-bar (secured by two screws, which fixes the drive in the right edge of the Alu-frame) that has to be shifted to the left when taking the drive off. Especially, before putting the optical drive back to the computer, make sure that the the sliding bar is in its leftward position in order not to block the insertion of the drive. Then shift the bar gently to the right thereby fixing the drive's position.

    armin - Réponse

    • Retirez la bande adhésive noire qui recouvre partiellement le câble de lecteur optique orange.

    The tape is black (as in the photo) not orange (well it was on mine). Just in case you were looking for orange tape.

    Ernie K - Réponse

    Could someone please elaborate on this tape? I forgot to put it on the new caddy hdd frame and now the computer is fully closed and running. is it somekind of protection against short circuit? What does it do”? Will it be harmful in the long run? I assume theres a good reason for it being there. Thanks

    Alfarto - Réponse

    • Débranchez le câble orange du lecteur optique.

    Hi! I bought a 9.5 mm Optical Bay SATA Hard Drive Enclosure but it is not compatible with the orange optical drive ribbon cable. I'd like to know if it's ok to replace the incompatible cable for a compatible SATA cable? (the drive is SATA and the cable isn't)

    Sidnei Sabela Filho - Réponse

    • A l'aide d'une spatule (spudger), faites levier pour séparer le support métallique argenté du côté gauche du lecteur optique. Veillez à ne pas tordre le support, car il est très fin et se tord facilement. S'il ne se libère pas facilement, chauffer la bande adhésive pourrait faciliter la procédure.

    Don't use a spudger to get this bracket off. If you do, you will bend it. It's stuck on with something more like double-sided tape than adhesive; so, what you want to do is cut the bracket away from the tape. I found a razor-knife worked well. Run it between the bracket and the surface on the top of the drive first, where there isn't actually any adhesive, just to make sure it's clear and free there. Then, run the blade between the bracket and the surface on the side of the drive, thereby cutting it away. It should then just lift off in one (unbent) piece. This 'bracket' (It's actually more of a 'cable guide' than a bracket.) is as thin as thick tin-foil. If you subject it to any sort of leverage, e.g. by using a spudger, you will inevitably bend and spoil it.

    McD - Réponse

    • Décollez la bande noire en forme de L sur le dessus du lecteur.

    • Vous devrez fixer cette bande dans la même position sur votre lecteur de remplacement.

    If you're replacing the drive with a new Blu-Ray drive, leave the tape on. You'll be swapping the top cover of this old drive with the top cover of the new Blu-Ray; this is required for the new Blu-Ray drive to be mounted. This applies to all other steps that involve removing something from the top cover; anything attached to that top cover you can leave in place.

    RevDon - Réponse

    • Décollez le ruban adhésif alu sur le dessus du lecteur optique.

    • Vous devrez fixer ce ruban adhésif dans la même position sur votre lecteur de remplacement.

    If you destroy this foil tape, try your local plumber/heating engineer for an off cut!

    harwood - Réponse

    • Dévissez les deux vis Phillips cruciformes fixant le support de montage au côté gauche du lecteur optique.

    • Le support est conçu pour glisser légèrement vers l'avant et l'arrière. Ne serrez donc pas trop les vis, sinon le support ne pourra plus glisser.

    Check this bracket to make sure it isn't bent. I had a MacBook that would intake or eject discs with difficulty; there seemed to be some obstruction in the disc drive opening. I took it apart and determined that the case opening (CD slot) was slightly out of alignment with the opening in the disc drive. I couldn't see why until I noticed that the front end (near the case opening) of this bracket was bent, so it didn't properly slide into the "slot" in the case chassis where it's supposed to go, thus forcing the disc drive to sit an mm or so high at that point, so it wasn't aligned with the disc insert slot in the case. I removed the bracket, straightened it, reinstalled it, and now everything works fine.

    It should be noted for reassembly that this bracket should be slid toward the back end of the drive when it is inserted, then slid forward toward the front end so its "tab" goes into the "slot" in the chassis; then the bracket will be in the correct position to insert the screw. If the drive is put into its place with this bracket slid toward the front (opening) of the drive, there is danger the bracket may be bent, causing the problem I experienced. (I don't know when it happened in this unit, maybe when it was first assembled in the factory.)

    HandyMac - Réponse

    I agree about the alignment. In my case, I had to disassemble the machine three times to account for this, as the computer did not even HAVE certain parts!

    To make a VERY long story short, my MacBook was purchased secondhand from a local brick-and-mortar reseller at a slight discount. Even though I was told the optical drive was not functional, it was only after I took it apart that I realized they had cannibalized the OD parts (the 2.16 GHz came standard with the SuperDrive) and stuck in a non-functioning combo drive! To make matters worse, they "forgot" to put in certain screws here and there (I scrounged those myself out of dead hard drives).

    One optical drive, one ribbon cable, and a few hours later I have a two-year-old machine for the cost of trading in my aging 14" iBook G4. A fully operational MacBook for $520? Not too shabby, plus it's plain to see why Apple opened up its Genius Bar service: too many shysters like the ones I dealt with.

    rasroma - Réponse

    • A l'aide d'une spatule (spudger), enlevez le support gris de l'antenne Bluetooth sur le dessus du lecteur optique.

    • Vous devrez fixer cette pièce au même endroit sur votre lecteur de remplacement.

    • Si votre lecture optique est bloqué par un CD ou un autre objet, nous avons un tutoriel de réparation pour lecteur optique.

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    • Libérez la cale en plastique du boîtier de disque dur pour baie optique en appuyant sur l'un des clips présents à chaque extrémité et sortez-la du boîtier.

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    • Assurez-vous que les connecteurs du disque dur sont orientés vers le bas avant de placer ce dernier dans le boîtier.

    • Insérez doucement le disque dur dans le boîtier à l'emplacement approprié.

    • Tout en tenant fermement le boîtier en place d'une main, appuyez sur le disque dur avec l'autre main pour le raccorder aux connecteurs du boîtier.

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    • Une fois le disque dur en place, réinsérez la cale en plastique tout en maintenant le disque dur contre le bas du boîtier.

    • Rebranchez les câbles que vous avez retirés du lecteur optique d'origine sur le boîtier de la baie optique.

    Why no mention of attaching the new hard drive to the Optical Drive Enclosure using the enclosed phillips screws?

    Once you have securely inserted the new hard drive into the Optical Drive Enclosure and replaced the plastic positioner you should attach the drive to the enclosure using two of the provided phillips screws. Two holes on the underside of the enclosure should align with two attachment holes on the underside of the drive.

    nickmalmquist - Réponse

    Do you need a sata cable to connect the new drive to the board or does it connect via the optical drive cable that we disconnected earlier?

    Erik Sawaya - Réponse

    It does connect to the optical drive cable but if you don't use the optical bay enclosure you'll need a 13 pins to 22 pins sata adaptor (and some tape!)

    The sata cable for the optical drive has 6 + 7 pins while ssd and hhd have 15 + 7 pins

    Graziano Nora - Réponse

    Can someone please explain why you need to remove the black plastic faceplate  from the optical bay enclosure. It is designed to receive the standard SSD. What is gained from removing a part of it?

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Jake Devincenzi

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great guide, but it was more than moderately difficult for me. thanks guys

Jason C - Réponse

I just successful follow this guide to add 2nd hard drive to my old Macbook White 4.1. It really helpful, just a part take me some time. It is bluetooth atena board part, it cause my keyboard got big gap. Finally I hide it below my Optibay, so far the bluetooth still working well. Thanks iFix. :D

Jay - Réponse

only took about 10-15 minutes for me when i was practicing on my broken Macbook white(as not to risk my new one), this guide is the best one i've seen yet, it is a little bit harder than moderate when you don't have a small phillips screwdriver though, but my steak knife worked pretty well too, thanks guys

Ziggy Brown - Réponse

Thanks, I used this guide to reuse the hard drive as an external.

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