Introduction

L'ajout d'un second SSD 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 un boîtier de disque dur pour baie optique. Certaines baies d'unité ont une hauteur de 7 mm et d'autres de 9,5 mm. Suivant la taille de votre baie, vous pouvez être obligé d'utiliser un adaptateur pour caler le SSD.

Retirez les dix vis suivantes par lesquelles le boîtier inférieur est fixé au boîtier supérieur :
  • Retirez les dix vis suivantes par lesquelles le boîtier inférieur est fixé au boîtier supérieur :

    • Sept vis Phillips 3 mm.

    • Trois vis Phillips 13,5 mm.

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En vous servant des deux mains, soulevez le boîtier inférieur au niveau de la fente pour le libérer des deux clips par lesquels il est fixé au boîtier supérieur.
  • En vous servant des deux mains, soulevez le boîtier inférieur au niveau de la fente pour le libérer des deux clips par lesquels il est fixé au boîtier supérieur.

  • Retirez le boîtier inférieur et mettez-le de côté.

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  • Retirez les deux vis Pentalobe P5 disposées le long du côté supérieur de la batterie.

  • Il n'est pas indispensable de retirer la batterie en suivant les étapes 3 à 6 pour remplacer le disque dur. Il est cependant recommandé de retirer toutes les sources d'alimentation des éléments électroniques avant de travailler sur ces derniers.

Question: why do you remove the battery? According to Apple's official manual, this is not required (not for the mid-2009 and not for the mid-2010 15-inch MacBook Pro) - see pages 37 ff:

http://manuals.info.apple.com/en_US/MacB...

http://manuals.info.apple.com/en_US/MacB...

alexkli - Réponse

Citation de alexkli :

Question: why do you remove the battery? According to Apple's official manual, this is not required (not for the mid-2009 and not for the mid-2010 15-inch MacBook Pro) - see pages 37 ff:

http://manuals.info.apple.com/en_US/MacB...

http://manuals.info.apple.com/en_US/MacB...

I'm interested by your experience.

Did you have removed the optical drive without removing the battery ?

I'm just in this step now and if it is possible I would proceed like you because removing the battery void the warranty (and there is a sticker).

Thanks in advance.

youyou - Réponse

Looks like my note to step 3 appears on all repair guides that have the same step. I meant that in the context of the hard drive replacement only.

Did you have removed the optical drive without removing the battery ?

I haven't yet done anything, waiting for my MacBook Pro 15 inch mid-2010 to arrive.

alexkli - Réponse

I missed the notes and went ahead and purchased the 5 point driver for the battery before I realized it was not necessary.

I've edited the repair guide to remove the section on the battery, but I don't have the points to approve the changes.

Chris Davis -

Please note - the step about removing the battery is part of a pre-requisite guide, that is used for many of the guides, most that do require removal of the battery. Also, working inside a disassembled laptop with the battery still connected risks damaging/shorting out very expensive parts.

Eric Essen - Réponse

Absolutely. To be clear -- ALL of the above discussion is ONLY in reference to replacing the hard drive.

Chris Davis -

I replaced a hard drive in a MacBook Pro of an earlier model than this without removing the battery. The hard drive wasn't right. It only worked at about half speed, and I had to replace it once more. The second time I removed the battery and all went well. The recommendation by the iFixit staff to remove the battery before working on electronic equipment is a good one.

doug - Réponse

  • À l'aide de la pointe d'un spudger, repliez la languette de l'autocollant portant la mention « Warning: Do not remove the battery » (Avertissement : ne pas retirer la batterie) et, de l'autre main, retirez la vis Torx cinq points de sécurité masquée par la languette.

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  • Soulevez la batterie en tirant sur la languette d'extraction et dégagez-la du boîtier supérieur.

  • N'essayez pas de retirer complètement la batterie pour le moment.

Removing the battery is not necessary for the hard drive removal/replacement procedures.

Erik - Réponse

My T6 (appears to be same screw driver you have - $6 on amazon for 20piece set) did NOT fit int he battery screws...not sure if I had the wrong screws or what, but I went ahead w/o battery steps and it was pretty easy.

Anthony Ettinger - Réponse

I also noticed that the new SDD (from crucial) didn't have the 4 screws, so I had to move those off the old HD and onto the new one.

Anthony Ettinger -

Just had the same issue: T6 does not fit the battery screws ;-( ... but with a little bit more preassure it was possible to remove the screws.

dirkvloenwagner -

  • Inclinez la batterie vers l'arrière suffisamment pour accéder au connecteur du câble de la batterie.

  • Débranchez le câble de la batterie de sa prise sur la carte mère et retirez la batterie du boîtier supérieur.

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  • Apple colle une petite bande de plastique transparent, dont l'un des côtés est adhésif, sur la carte mère, derrière le connecteur du câble vidéo, pour le maintenir dans sa prise. Lorsque vous l'enlevez, veillez à ne pas casser des composants montés en surface sur la carte mère.

  • Tout en maintenant l'extrémité du clip de fixation du câble vers le bas avec un doigt, soulevez légèrement l'autre extrémité à l'aide de la pointe d'un spudger et dégagez-la du connecteur du câble vidéo en la faisant pivoter.

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  • Débranchez le câble vidéo en sortant l'extrémité mâle de la prise.

  • Tirez le connecteur parallèlement à la surface de la carte mère, et non vers le haut.

I would recommend leaving the camera cable plugged into the motherboard, and simply sliding the optical drive out from underneath it carefully. If you mistakenly life this connector straight up (as I did) you can damage either the cable connector or the motherboard socket. I damaged the connector on the cable and now the wifi antenna doesn't work. Replacing this damaged cable is about 10X more of a pain (in time and money) than the effort to slide the optical drive out from beneath this cable instead of disconnecting it.

Frank Stickney - Réponse

I agree, the same issue happened to me (My MBP no longer recognizes its wi-fi adapter). The black connector is very fragile, and very hard to slide back in after you take it out. Try not to disconnect it if you can.

Dave Yu - Réponse

Totally agree here, my wifi card is no longer recognized by the computer. Not sure what to do now.

raj grainger - Réponse

100% true! Thanx for confirming

cj - Réponse

  • Décollez le câble vidéo de la bande adhésive qui le maintient sur le lecteur optique.

When reassembling, which adhesive should be used to reattach the camera cable?

Daniele Tamponi - Réponse

  • Cet étape n'est requise que si vous possédez un écran antireflet. Si vous avez un écran brillant, ignorez cette étape.

  • Débranchez le câble Bluetooth en sortant l'extrémité mâle de la prise.

  • Tirez le connecteur parallèlement à la surface de la carte mère, et non vers le haut.

  • À l'aide de l'extrémité plate d'un spudger, faites levier sur le câble d'antenne Bluetooth pour le débrancher de la prise sur la carte mère.

How can I determine if I have an antiglare display?

Thanks!

Dan

Dan Neunaber - Réponse

If you have the part in step 10, you do. If you don’t, you don’t (looks like pic in step 9).

maccentric -

  • Cet étape n'est requise que si vous possédez un écran antireflet.

  • Retirez les deux vis Phillips 8 mm par lesquelles le câble vidéo/Bluetooth est fixé au boîtier supérieur.

  • Il est possible que l'une des vis reste captive dans la boucle de terre du câble vidéo/Bluetooth. Si vous remplacez l'écran, réutilisez cette vis pour la nouvelle unité.

  • Soulevez l'ensemble de retenue de la carte et du câble Bluetooth hors du boîtier supérieur.

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  • À l'aide d'un spudger, faites levier sur le connecteur du lecteur optique pour le débrancher de la carte mère.

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  • Retirez la vis Phillips 3,5 mm par laquelle la face intérieure du lecteur optique est fixée au boîtier supérieur.

Totally stripped this screw, no idea what to do know.

What - Réponse

  • Retirez les deux vis Phillips 3,5 mm par lesquelles la face extérieure du lecteur optique est fixée au boîtier supérieur.

When installing the HD bay, the screws here will not go back. Not sure if the bracket/holes are somehow different. After completing the install, everything seems secure. Does anyone think not having these screws is critical beyond securing the drive?

toddfletcher - Réponse

  • Soulevez le lecteur optique par le côté gauche et sortez-le du boîtier supérieur.

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  • Retirez les deux vis noires Phillips n°0 qui maintiennent le petit support métallique. Transférez ce support sur votre nouveau lecteur optique ou votre nouveau boîtier.

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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.

The bay and dvd drive cable at iFixit is $40.00 (Unibody Laptop Dual Drive)

But for $10 more you can get an external casing that will protect your super drive form MCE (http://store.mcetech.com/Merchant2/merch...) A total of $50 dollars. It is what I used and works great and looks pretty and is guaranteed to protect your superdrive. MCE also gives you a disk with software to patch the DVD Player to work with external dvd drives. So For an extra $10 dollars you get better software functionality and a case for your super drive. It works great.

Robert Wacker - Réponse

Robert, do you by chance also know where to buy an external drive case to make the old hard disk an external portable hard disk ?

Nina Nokia -

Early 2011 MacBook Pro was running slow with its 2TB hard drive running at 5400rpm. The DVD drive was almost never used. The iFixit part allowed me to place the hard drive in the DVD bay and place an SSD drive where the hard drive originally sat. Now the computer fires up almost instantly and runs so much cooler as the 2TB hard drive is only accessed as needed. A stunning transformation for a 7 year old laptop.

Paul Cline - Réponse

  • 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.

It is not a good idea to put fast SSDs into the optibay. System tries to negotiate at 6 Gbit, but it fails; disk is recognized but it couldn't even be formatted. I've waisted a lot of time to find a reason. After swapping SSD with original mac's HD both work properly, one at 6, another at 3 Gbit

nicholas - Réponse

Good to know, thanks!

zondervon -

No problems here with a Samsung EVO in the optical bay. Only downside that is not really fast (80-90 mb/s) but amazing performances on booting time, shut off and opening programs.

Mike - Réponse

I have to withdraw my comment. It is NOT a good idea to put a SATAIII SSD in the optical bay. It gives random freezes. Swapping it with a HD is indeed better. Better read/writes too. Only downside is that SMS won't work on the optical bay so treat your baby with care. Also Sleep issues might occur when placing a HD in the optical bay (a total freezing system). I already wasted a HD that was in the optical bay.

Mike - Réponse

I've replaced the optibay with a samsung 840 pro but can't format it nor copy files (a few files work) to it. Do you suggest putting the HDD in the optibay instead? Did you clone the HDD to the SSD before swapping them? Will my Mac boot from the HDD the first time I boot even though it's in the optibay? I would really appreciate an answer, I've spent too many hours trying to figure it out!

Carl - Réponse

Also had this same problem. Tried and failed a Samsung firmware upgrade. Ended up send drive back to Amazon.

Andrew -

Okay it seems like some models of MacBook Pro have issues with a fast (6Gbit/s) SSD in the optical bay. Even though my Mac says it offers 6Gbit on both bays it simply didn't work in the optical bay. So I switched places between the two drives and everything seems to work. My Mac booted from the old HDD in optical bay automatically and then I cloned it afterwards and changed the startup disk to the new one. As said before, don't put a fast SSD in the optical bay!

Carl - Réponse

Hello Carl. What have you done after switching places between the two drives? Can you explain it with more details please? I have the HDD in the hard drive place, and an SSD in the optibay, and I have a lot of freeze / beachball. Thanks.

danielsam55 -

I'm on a Macbook pro 13" Late 2011.

danielsam55 -

I have the startup set to the SSD in the optibay.

danielsam55 -

I've already done it. switch the hard drives and reboot, that's all. Working without beachballs XD

danielsam55 -

My understanding is that SSDs will work (at 6Gbps) in the optical bay of late-2011 13" MBP models but not in late-2011 15" or 17" models and not in earlier 13" models. Are those of you reporting problems installing on late-2011 13" models (MD313LL/A [2.4Ghz] or MD314LL/A [2.8 GHz])?

Steve - Réponse

I'm experiencing the same issues with the HDDs in the optical bay. I've tried multiple drives (WD caviar blue 3G and a Seagate 6G) with no luck thus far. I replaced the SATA cable and that didn't help with either drive. My SSD still works fine in the main bay but I would like the extra storage.

For those of you who got the HDD in the optical bay working, which HDD (brand and model) did you use?

My MBP is a Late 2011 15" (8.2)

woestmab - Réponse

My understanding is that SSD in the optibay for 2011 MBPs will only work on the late-2011 13" model (not the 15" or 17"). I can confirm that it works in my late-2011 13" MBP. I have a Samsung EVO 500GB in my optibay (HGST 1TB in the hard drive bay) with no problems at all: negotiated link speed of 6Gbits for both drives and not beach balls or other slowdowns.

Steve -

I'm not trying to put an SSD in the optical bay. As I said, I've tried multiple HDDs but none of them seem to work. I know that it's possible to put an HDD in the optical bay because I bought the computer with one in it but it seems that none are recognized. I have tried multiple brands and speeds with no luck. I would like to know which specific model of HDD works in the late 2011 15" optical bay.

Thanks

woestmab -

Many people have this problem and they all had the 2011 MBP model. The SATA controllers are both 6Gb/s on optic drive and HDD from 2012 (mid 2012 anyway). And of course we're talking about the non-retina. The last non-retina came out mid 2012.

maniajami - Réponse

I just installed a Crucial M200 6 GB/s ssd in a 2012 15" Macbook Pro, working without issues. It seems the 2011 models are problematic.

Martin G - Réponse

Whats the size of this caddy?

Looks like no one has any clue. I can see following sizes:

12.7mm universal

12.7mm unibody

9.5mm universal

9.5mm unibody

I have a macbook pro mid 2012 non retina

saran3h.bansal - Réponse

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

Make sure you have removed the 2 screws at the end of your super driver unit and move it to your NewHD bay with the metal piece eye loop.

Kamiiyu - Réponse

Normally with the HD enclosure there come a set of screws. use these to screw down the HD in the enclosure since you need to flip it up side down to reinstall it into the MBP

Bart - Réponse

Here they picture Crucial as their choice, you can also find some great options at Samsung (it is what I installed and it works just as good if not better than the crucial I installed in my wife's iMac. here is their site http://www.samsung.com/us/computer/solid...

Its just another great option. Also when installing SSDs make sure to enable TRIM support (crashes can and probably will occur if you don't) TRIM enabler is available free and the pro version is $10 http://www.cindori.org/software/trimenab... It is the easiest solution for this issue.

Robert Wacker - Réponse

  • Fixez le disque dur au boîtier à l'aide de deux vis Phillips n°1.

With the particular drive bay adaptor I used, these attachment screws were already fitted to the adaptor but were found at the sides, not underneath. Indeed, the adaptor had no screw holes on the underside.

jjsanderson - Réponse

At first I couldn't get my machine to even turn on - thought it was the battery connector, but in the end I just had to reset the SMC. (http://support.apple.com/kb/ht3964 - see "Resetting the SMC on portables with a battery you should not remove on your own").

mainframe - Réponse

  • Fixez le support du lecteur optique au nouveau boîtier avec deux vis Phillips n°0.

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

I have the drive installed with this bay, but the drive does not appear in the Disk Utility. I see a 'Nvidia MCP79 AHCI' in the system information, but no drive listed with it. Is there some special driver needed to get the MCP to see the drive?

toddfletcher - Réponse

Replaced the optical with hdd, as well as replaced the hard drive with an ssd. Now I get the circle with a line through it. But, when I hold the option key down, it gives me both hard drives, PLUS, the thumb drive I have in the USB port with a Mountain Lion installer. It even shows the recovery disks, but gives me the circle with the line when I choose one. Any help is appreciated.

claude - Réponse

Mate,

My mbp shipped with OS 10.8, and I had upgraded twice to 10.10

I've a 10.7 USB which upgraded my old MBP.

My plan today was to boot with my new ssd, my time machine back up and the Lion usb plugged in.

I would then click on the Lion usb, and tell it to put the OS and time machine back up on the ssd.

So I help down ALT and when it started it gave me the options of the usual Mac internal or the Lion USB.

I clicked Lion, but instead of taking me to the install options (Disk utility, restore from time machine etc etc) it gave me that grey circle with a diagonal line through it. The no entry sign - grey on grey - that I think you have.

Some googling said that it is because I was trying to usb a 10.7 install on a MBP that shipped 10.8

You can't go back, apparently.

So if any of the OSs are older than the mac you got, you will get this error. The grey in grey no entry.

I just cloned my HDD to my ssd (Carbon copy cloner free 30 day trial) using an external stat-usb3 wire and all is good.

Rory -

it does not recognize the hard drive in the enclosure, what should i do?

elvin00 - Réponse

simple question, how do I use the removed drive to play a DVD? Why don't I just use digital media...yadayada...I know. I'm currently in the hospital, did this drive swap for busy work. The littles want to watch an old DVD and I can't solve the issue.

gator6 - Réponse

This will give you instructions on how to get your DVD player to work in an external enclosure: http://macenstein.com/default/2011/07/ho...

Steve -

I have a 17" Macbook Pro6,1 unibody with an Intel Core i5, 2.53GHz. I was successful installing a 250GB SSD in the DVD bay, and I'm able to boot from it. I did this by first installing OS X 10.9.4 on the SSD mounted into an external HD case, testing the system to see if it would boot up into the SSD, then installing the SSD and carrier in the DVD drive bay. The system now boots up from the SSD with no problems. If you are having installation problems, I recommend trying this method.

roger hall - Réponse

This is really for step 23: reassembly

You can not get the orginal screws back in to hold the new optical drive replacement in place because there is a black plastic filler running along the front edge of the part. There is no place for the screw head to go. I had to remove some of the plastic to get the machine reassembled. Whoever tested this overlooked what I think is a major problem. How many macbook pros are out there with only one (maybe two if you're lucky) screw holding this thing in place?

I got extra screws and have no idea why. The bits included in the kit are poor and don't work on most of the screws. I had to use my own tools instead.

eetech - Réponse

Hi,

I'm using a 13' MBP mid 2010 and I just swapped my HDD for a SSD. Al works perfectly fine!

So i bought the unibody laptop dual drive (from iFixit) and replaced the optical drive for the original HDD from my MBP. The installation with this guide went perfectly, however, the HDD is not recognized in disk utility.

I put the old HDD back on the original HDD bay, the HDD boots and works. I placed back the optical drive in the optical bay, also works. But when i put the HDD in the unibody laptop dual drive (iFixit), it is not recognized via the USB-port(however, the HDD starts spinning) or when installed in the optical bay.

So i think there is a software issue where my MBP does not recognize a HDD in the optical bay. Is there a way to force the OS to look for storage/HDD via the optical bay STATA cable?

All help is welcome!

Thanks,

Leon

Leon - Réponse

Leon: did you fix your issue? I'm facing the same problem.

Rafael Borges -

No, afraid not..

Leon -

also having the same problem, not recognizing second hdd

cmaizan -

Same here: installed original hdd in optical bay and it won't mount. Tried it using the sata cable on different computer, and the drive spins, but doesn't mount either. Would love to get a fix (or at least an explanation) for this. The whole point was to add extra storage, but so far, no dice.

Simon Abrams -

Did you ever find a solution?

I installed mine, but the ssd I'm using was a bootable usb running Yosemite, and now that I plugged it in, I'm getting a circle with the slash through it when I try to boot to it, and I can't unmount it or reformat it from the recovery Disk Utility or in Mountain Lion on the stock hdd still inside.

drguttridge -

Same issue here unfortunately... new SSD in primary slot is recognized fine and allowed me to install OS X with no issues from USB. However, both during the install when booting from USB and post-install within the full El Capitan OS, I simply do not see any '2nd' hard drive in the system - for the record I just reused the same 500GB HDD that came with my MBP; and I ran the exhaustive System Profiler tests prior to doing any work to ensure I'd have no HW issues/surprises. Sure enough,. I can hear the mechanical drive churning as the power runs to it, so I know it's hooked up okay. For some reason the drive just isn't being recognized by the Mac OS. Hoping someone can help me resolve this so I don't feel bad about spending the [extra] money on the iFixit enclosure system vs. one of the cheaper alternatives I found online, sigh... Any help would be much appreciated, thanks!

Brian M -

Figured I'd reply to my own message just above for those interested or following my situation. The 'churning' I heard was actually the left fan inside the system, which I managed to disassemble so I could lubricate the sleeve bearing with a touch of mineral oil - now it's as quiet as ever and works great. Also, I ordered a replacement optical SATA adapter cable from iFixit and this resolved my issue of accessing the hard drive moved to the optical slot inside the dual drive enclosure. Long story short - all of my issues are resolved thanks to some disassembly/repair work and new parts from iFixit!

Brian M -

Same problem happens, i don’t know how to fix that as well. Anyone has any idea? Thanks

jimmychan1007 -

Hi!

I followed the tutorial and everything works fine when I use an HDD 320 go but when I use the new HDD I bought which is an Hitachi 1T 7200T 2.5 P I have some trouble. The disk utily takes a long time to recognize the new hard drive and then starts not responding.

I tought my new HDD might be broken but when I use it with an external portable HDD Enclosure it works fine...

Any ideas?

Thanks!

Julie

Julie Odeursa - Réponse

I do believe the max size HDD is a 750GB. 1TB might be too big. Though the ONLY place I found this stated was on iFixit. No where else.

zondervon -

I just have finished installing second SSD to my MBP (unibody 15` 2010).

First one was changed like one year ago. Samsung 500GB SSD. It is in my HDD bay and I'm running system from it.

Today I put a new Samsung 1TB 850 Evo 1 SSD in to my optic bay.

I encounter problem with SSD not recognized by Finder.

But It was recognized by Disk Utility.

What I did was I erase new SSD by Disk Utility. Then the new partition was created and now It has been seen by Finder.

So If you see it in Disk Utility just erased it.

Some extra info in under this link--> https://discussions.apple.com/docs/DOC-4...

Wish you all luck :)

rybafly - Réponse

Hi all,

I did this and all seemed to be working fine, both drives showed up and all was good then about 20 minutes later i got a message saying that "the drive had been ejected incorrectly" or something like that. The drives have now disappeared from finder and Disk Utility. I took the SSD out of the superdrive caddy and put it in an external USB3 caddy, it's working fine. I even left this connected over night (all OK). This morning i put the SSD back into my Late 2011 MacBook and the same thing happened, 20ish minutes and then the eject message... Have i missed something?

Any help would be very much appreciated.

Steven Vacher - Réponse

Dear iFixit

I changed my Hdd with an ssd using this guide. My hdd is now in a caddy where the optical drive used to be.

I can see my original drive ( Toshiba 500GB ) in the disk utility-app, but i can't reach my data on it.

When i take it out of the caddy again and put it in a external Hdd case, i can read it perfectly fine.

So there is nothing wrong with the hdd or the connection.

Is this a problem i can fix with software?

Thx for the help!

Jonas Lesage - Réponse

Those were Phillips #00 in my case, not #0, on the small metal mounting bracket.

Oliver Creighton - Réponse

  • Ne jetez pas ce lecteur ! Vous pouvez toujours l'utiliser à l'aide d'un câble de lecteur optique SATA à port USB.

  • Positionnez le connecteur du câble SATA devant le port du lecteur optique et branchez-le.

  • Branchez le connecteur USB sur votre ordinateur.

There is a small metal button in the front of the drive and you can use that to eject the drive if you were wondering.

Joseph Landry - Réponse

my drive’s connector is nothing like that, and I’m wondering is it possible to connect it to another computer?

grantdavis - Réponse

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FYI, according to an apple Genius, this modification prevents Apple from repairing the computer at all. And should you request a flat-rate repair, they would replace the super-drive. But I reckon it's worth it!

Vincent - Réponse

I have just gotten my second hard drive up and running after a few false starts. The main piece of advice I'd give you if you are going to do the same is, format the new hard drive via USB BEFORE you install it!

Physically installing the second hard drive was no trouble at all. The problem I had was formatting it inside the computer. This gave me multiple failed attempts using Disk Utility. When I tried to erase or partition the drive, after a long hang, I always got the error: "File system formatter failed."

I thought something might be wrong with the hard drive, and was about to return it. But then I thought I'd take it out of the computer and plug it in using the Silicone 2.5" Hard Drive Enclosure with USB 2.0 Cable. I ran erase in Disk Utility again and it worked! Now it's showing up in finder and I can start storing files on it.

oliverbarrand - Réponse

Also, I must say the customer support from ifixit is great. I messaged them about this and some other issues I was having and I got a detailed response from them within a couple of days. Thanks guys!

oliverbarrand -

After doing this for the first time and starting my computer it worked like a charm but after taking the drive back out to swap primary and secondary drives (so i could have my os installed on the bigger drive) it quit working. Now my secondary drive won't work at all. It won't show up in finder or DU. I'm fairly confident that i didn't break anything on the logic board. Any ideas?

jcbbnd - Réponse

I am struggling with this on a 15 in. Have done this same thing on three 13 in MacBook pros and one iMac.

Fan running, camera gone and bluetooth and wifi not installed. Have done SMC reset and checked cables numerous times. Please provide guidance -

Craig Spofford - Réponse

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