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MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Early 2011 Hard Drive Cable Replacement

Replace the hard drive cable in your Early 2011 MacBook Pro 13" Unibody.

  • Auteur: Andrew Bookholt
  • Durée estimée : 25 minutes - 1 heure
  • Difficulté: Modérée

Use this guide to replace a broken hard drive cable. The hard drive cable also contains the sleep LED and the IR sensor.

Étape 1 Hard Drive Cable  ¶ 

Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the hard drive cable connector up from its socket on the logic board.

Étape 1 Hard Drive Cable  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the hard drive cable connector up from its socket on the logic board.

Étape 2  ¶ 

Remove the following four screws:

Étape 2  ¶ 

  • Remove the following four screws:

  • Two 3 mm Phillips screws

  • Two 9.7 mm Phillips screws

Étape 3  ¶ 

Carefully peel up the thin IR sensor/sleep LED ribbon cable from the adhesive securing it to the upper case.

Étape 3  ¶ 

  • Carefully peel up the thin IR sensor/sleep LED ribbon cable from the adhesive securing it to the upper case.

Étape 4  ¶ 

Pull the front hard drive bracket containing the IR sensor/sleep LED away from the front edge of the upper case.

Étape 4  ¶ 

  • Pull the front hard drive bracket containing the IR sensor/sleep LED away from the front edge of the upper case.

Étape 5  ¶ 

Remove the hard drive cable.

Étape 5  ¶ 

  • Remove the hard drive cable.

  • Your replacement part may come with several adhesive foam bumpers. These are to ensure a snug fit of both bracket and hard drive. Apply only as needed.

Étape 6  ¶ 

Your replacement part may or may not come with the front (sensor) bracket. If it does not, you'll need to transfer it to your new cable. Use the tip of a spudger to flip the "lever" of the ZIF connector (left side in first photo) on the hard drive cable. The connector does not come off, see next instruction. Gently pull the yellow sensor bracket cable out of the ZIF connector (to the right, in the second photo).

Étape 6  ¶ 

  • Your replacement part may or may not come with the front (sensor) bracket. If it does not, you'll need to transfer it to your new cable.

  • Use the tip of a spudger to flip the "lever" of the ZIF connector (left side in first photo) on the hard drive cable. The connector does not come off, see next instruction.

  • Gently pull the yellow sensor bracket cable out of the ZIF connector (to the right, in the second photo).

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the hard drive cable up off the sensor bracket to which it is adhered.

  • Remove the adhesive backing from your new hard drive cable, stick it onto the sensor bracket, and connect the sensor bracket cable.

  • Many fixers cover the length of the thicker cable in the pair with sections of electrical tape on both sides because it can rub the tiny ridges inside the aluminum case causing a short to the case itself or simply breaking the connection.