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Why I prefer not to replace the hard drive in a MacBook Pro... - Mark's Journal
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Why I prefer not to replace the hard drive in a MacBook Pro...
That's not even all the screws... MacBook Pro Surgery


That's actually about 2/3 of the screws that had to be removed to get into Ron's old MacBook Pro to replace its hard drive with one of reasonable size. There are somewhere around 30 in total. Almost but not quite as bad as the same procedure in the 12-inch PowerBook G4 I used to have! This is actually a very old hardware design, dating back to the 15-inch PowerBook G4, and replacing the hard drive in a MacBook is much easier.

Visible just left of center in the open-laptop image is the tiny ribbon cable connector that I managed to not quite seat properly on Sunday night, causing the P, Ctrl, and Option keys to not work. Not surprisingly, opening it all up and putting it back together the second time was a much quicker process.
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fabunobo From: fabunobo Date: December 23rd, 2008 08:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Eek! Eek! Eek!
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: December 23rd, 2008 08:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

Could've been worse...

fabunobo From: fabunobo Date: December 23rd, 2008 09:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Could've been worse...

Anything inside computers scares me. I'm ok with the outside. And software is cool. But hardware? Oi!

Edited at 2008-12-23 09:08 pm (UTC)
pixel39 From: pixel39 Date: December 23rd, 2008 08:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have such fond memories of putting a Powerbook back together and discovering ONE teeny tiny little leftover screw on the workbench.

Argh.
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: December 23rd, 2008 08:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yeah...

Now, where does this go?
pixel39 From: pixel39 Date: December 23rd, 2008 09:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yeah...

What the hell is *that*?
verymelm From: verymelm Date: December 23rd, 2008 10:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yeah...

Um.. a mounting plate would be my guess. Used to hold something that can't be screwed down directly itself in place..?
pixel39 From: pixel39 Date: December 23rd, 2008 10:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yeah...

Or a retaining clip. But I've been inside enough Macs of various flavors to know that sometimes Apple has...odd...designs for things.
retrev From: retrev Date: December 23rd, 2008 11:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yeah...

looks like a grounding plate
rjb5 From: rjb5 Date: December 23rd, 2008 09:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yup, I replaced the drive in my 12" PowerBook -- quite an experience. One thing that really helped was finding a template somewhere in netland that I printed, and it had a little area marked off for each of the different types of screws you had to remove. I used double-sided Scotch tape to keep the screws in their rightful area until it was time to put it back together. And it was a success, enough so that two years later I'm still sending LJ comments from that computer. The only casualty was the 'F1' key, which I managed to snap one of the plastic sides while attempting to get to the screw that's hidden under that key. It still works, but the top flips upward on the right side. Of course, the then-new 100Gb drive is now full, so it's either another surgery, some careful cleaning, or a shiny new MacBook sometime soon....

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