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Introduction

Use this guide to replace the hard drive bracket nearest the front edge of the MacBook Pro 17" Unibody.

  1. Remove the following ten screws securing the lower case to the upper case:
    • Remove the following ten screws securing the lower case to the upper case:

    • Three 13.5 mm Phillips screws.

    • Seven 3 mm Phillips screws.

  2. Wedge your fingers between the lower case and the vent, and lift upward to release the two clips holding the lower case to the upper case. During reassembly, carefully align the lower case and then press it firmly until both clips engage.
    • Wedge your fingers between the lower case and the vent, and lift upward to release the two clips holding the lower case to the upper case.

    • During reassembly, carefully align the lower case and then press it firmly until both clips engage.

    • Remove the lower case.

  3. Whenever working near the logic board, it is always wise to first disconnect the battery to avoid short circuits. If present, grab the plastic tab attached to the battery connector and pull it toward the front edge of the device.  For Late-2011 models the battery connector will not have a tab and is simply a plug that inserts straight down into the motherboard--to remove pry the plug straight up. If the plastic tab is missing, use a spudger to pry the connector up from its socket.
    • Whenever working near the logic board, it is always wise to first disconnect the battery to avoid short circuits.

    • If present, grab the plastic tab attached to the battery connector and pull it toward the front edge of the device. For Late-2011 models the battery connector will not have a tab and is simply a plug that inserts straight down into the motherboard--to remove pry the plug straight up.

    • If the plastic tab is missing, use a spudger to pry the connector up from its socket.

    • Pull the tab parallel to the face of the logic board.

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

    • These screws are captive to the hard drive bracket.

  6. Remove the hard drive bracket from the upper case.
    • Remove the hard drive bracket from the upper case.

  7. Use the hard drive's pull tab to lift it out of the upper case.
    • Use the hard drive's pull tab to lift it out of the upper case.

    • Don't try to completely remove the hard drive just yet! Its cable is still connected.

  8. Pull the hard drive connector away from the body of the hard drive. Remove the hard drive from your MacBook Pro.
    • Pull the hard drive connector away from the body of the hard drive.

    • Remove the hard drive from your MacBook Pro.

  9. Remove the two 5 mm Phillips #00 screws securing the hard drive bracket to the upper case.
    • Remove the two 5 mm Phillips #00 screws securing the hard drive bracket to the upper case.

  10. Tilt the outer hard drive bracket up toward the logic board and remove it from the rear case. Tilt the outer hard drive bracket up toward the logic board and remove it from the rear case. Tilt the outer hard drive bracket up toward the logic board and remove it from the rear case.
    • Tilt the outer hard drive bracket up toward the logic board and remove it from the rear case.

Conclusion

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

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