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There are many benefits to adding a second hard drive to your laptop such as improved speeds, greater storage space, and less heartache when installing new software. Use this guide to install one using our optical bay hard drive enclosure.

  1. With the case closed, place the Unibody top-side down on a flat surface. Depress the grooved side of the access door release latch enough to grab the free end.  Lift the release latch until it is vertical.
    • With the case closed, place the Unibody top-side down on a flat surface.

    • Depress the grooved side of the access door release latch enough to grab the free end. Lift the release latch until it is vertical.

    The A1286 has no Access Door.!!

    I actually can see no sign of the battery!...

    aguib - Antwoord

    Citaat van aguib:

    The A1286 has no Access Door.!!

    I actually can see no sign of the battery!...

    I assume you have the newer model, with the built-in battery. It's still removable with tools, but these are the wrong instructions for that model.

    lgc90 - Antwoord

    when will there be a guide for the other unibody macbook pro. that does not have an access door?

    irishking - Antwoord

    Is there a manual to show, how disasembly the display, i mean, after step 5, to check the display between lcd and aluminiun back case?

    Max

    Max - Antwoord

    On other guides you state the height of the HD that can be supported, e.g. MacBook Pro 15" Core 2 Duo Model A1211 Hard Drive Replacement , I have read ( but have not confirmed ) that the uni-body MacBook Pro can be fitted with the 750GB and 1TB 12mm drive from Western Digital.

    Can you confirm this?

    Many thanks in advance.

    ahothabeth - Antwoord

    Citaat van SHerwood Ball:

    My display and aluminum casing has separated.

    I don't know if it just snaps back together or does it need to be glued.

    I dropped mine on the carpeted stairs and the display still works.

    I'm hoping I can just snap it back together and that no plastic pieces or teeth of the snapping

    portion have been broken........

    SHerwood Ball - Antwoord

    When you say "left fan" is this "left when looking at the logic board after turning the computer over and looking it up opening it up" or "left when sitting at the computer keyboard and typing on it"?

    thvv - Antwoord

    We always use left and right in reference to the computer when you're using it.

    Andrew Optimus Goldheart -

    Directions were great and the worn dc in board was replaced. The hardest part of the procedure is disconnecting the data display cable. A better description of step 21 is to slide the connector parallel to the circuit board towards the outside corner. Reconnecting correctly took several tries.

    I used the tip of the spudger to nudge the corners a little at a time to seat the connector.

    The ribbon connector for the keyboard has to be inserted all the way before seating the retaining cap. It took me three tries . First try power button did not work second try numbers keys did not work.

    Thanks for the directions ...could not have done it with out them!!!

    landryd - Antwoord

    Hola. Poseo un MacBook Pro Late 2008 y debo cambiarle las cornetas. Me sirve unas cornetas de un MBP Late 2011?

    jegonzalez80 - Antwoord

  2. The access door should now be raised enough to lift it up and out of the Unibody.
    • The access door should now be raised enough to lift it up and out of the Unibody.

  3. Be sure the access door release latch is vertical before proceeding.
    • Be sure the access door release latch is vertical before proceeding.

    • Grab the translucent plastic tab and pull the battery up and out of the Unibody.

    • If the latch is depressed it will lock the battery in place.

    Do I need to wait for the battery to charge completely before using the computer (while plugged in)?

    Kaila Potts - Antwoord

    No. You do not need to charge it completely before removing it.

    Titus (#1579) - Antwoord

  4. Remove the following eight screws securing the lower case to the chassis:
    • Remove the following eight screws securing the lower case to the chassis:

    • One 5.4 mm Phillips screw.

    • Three 14 mm Phillips screws.

    • Four 3.5 mm Phillips screws.

    Hi, My name is Jess I need help asap I accidentally dropped my macbook Pro and i cant find the silver screw for the top left back side, Does any one know if I can replace it with an eye glass screw?? If you can help at all Please e-mail me at Chambliss_jess@yahoo.com thx please help me my bf is going off... ;(

    Jess - Antwoord

    The fixit PH00 is the wrong screw driver for this entire job. It did not fit in the screws, it was too pointy and caused screws to be rounded off.

    mattrittgers - Antwoord

  5. Using both hands, lift and remove the lower case off the upper case.
    • Using both hands, lift and remove the lower case off the upper case.

    About midway along each edge is a snap. To release each snap, gently slide the flat edge of a Spudger under the lower case, then lift the lower case away.

    jonathansturges - Antwoord

  6. Disconnect the camera cable by pulling the male end straight away from its socket.
    • Disconnect the camera cable by pulling the male end straight away from its socket.

    And in that case, I lost my camera and bluetooth connection.

    Ian Ho - Antwoord

    You have to be EXTREMELY careful when detaching and reattaching this cable!!! It carries your Bluetooth, iSight camera, and Wifi connections!! I was being very careful when reattaching it and ending up either messing up the connector on the logic board or the cable itself- both cases are equally as bad. The cable doesn't snap back in or have guides, and it is therefore difficult to know if it's in as far as it needs to be, etc. If you mess up the connector on the logic board (that's what it's connecting to), you have to replace the entire logic board, and if you mess up the cable itself (it has very small, delicate metal connectors), you have to replace your entire display!! Each costs around $500/ea! I did a ton of research before embarking on this procedure and really wish someone had made a note of this prior- learn from my mistake!

    Evan Roth - Antwoord

    I had some difficulty getting the 'isight' cable back on. Pay close attention when you remove it as you will need to reattach the cable at an angle to get the small protrusion on the right side of the connector passed the little black plastic block that is glued onto the system board. It looks like this little block is there to keep the cable from slipping out... so it makes it tricky getting it back in.

    Andrew Gill - Antwoord

    Personally I would avoid disconnecting the cable from the socket as advised in this step, one should be able to proceed simply by carefully lifting the cable free from the adhesive holding it on to the optical drive.

    Like others here, I followed Step 6 as per the guide and ended up with no Bluetooth or iSight camera, due to somehow damaging the connector and/or socket, despite taking the utmost care. It is possible to carefully slip the old drive out, and a new drive in, with the cable connector in situ (at least that was the case on my Late 2008 MacBook Pro).

    Trevor - Antwoord

    You can remove the small smooth block that is blocking this plug pretty easy. Once you connect the plug then you can stick that block back in place, it's just glued down.

    Melyn Vicente - Antwoord

    I second what Trevor wrote: it's actually pretty easy to work around the cable without unplugging the connector and, as it's extremely delicate, I therefore recommend skipping this step.

    jack - Antwoord

    Looking at the cable socket towards the DVD drive - to the left of the cable socket there is a small rectangular, transparent plastic piece glued to the print board. Its function is to apply pressure to the left of the plug, so that it stays in the socket. Even if you can relatively easy unplug the plug from the socket, this piece of plastic makes it impossible to re-enter the plug into the socket. So, if you can do your thing without un-plugging this cable, you are more safe.

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    Also, IF you decide to take the plastic piece off and glue it back on, face your tool away from the resistors and towards the DVD-drive. I did not and sheared off 3 resistors from the motherboard. Result = Dead machine. Costwise I cannot defend having it repaired, so am shipping it off in parts, as everthing else works.

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    But the 2 GPUs DOES make it a nifty little machine - even past Apple and general progress killing off El Capitan.

    kenneth krabat - Antwoord

  7. Deroute the camera data cable from the channel in the optical drive.
    • Deroute the camera data cable from the channel in the optical drive.

  8. Use a spudger to pry the optical drive connector straight up off the logic board.
    • Use a spudger to pry the optical drive connector straight up off the logic board.

  9. Remove two 8 mm Phillips screws securing the camera cable bracket to the upper case. The rightmost screw may remain captive in the camera cable.
    • Remove two 8 mm Phillips screws securing the camera cable bracket to the upper case.

    • The rightmost screw may remain captive in the camera cable.

    • Lift the camera cable bracket out from the upper case.

  10. Remove the following three Phillips screws securing the optical drive to the upper case:
    • Remove the following three Phillips screws securing the optical drive to the upper case:

    • One 3.5 mm Phillips screw.

    • Two 2.5 mm Phillips screws.

    I can't remove one of the Two 2.5 mm Phillips screw, the one on the top of the picture.

    It seems to be very tight and I am using a newertechnology PH00 from my Mac repair tool kit.

    I am afraid to damage the head of the screw. What do you suggest to do?

    Thanks

    Francisco - Antwoord

    You most likely need a jewelers screwdriver to remove the two 2.5 mm screws. they are very tiny and very tight

    jsjamieson33 - Antwoord

    ph 000 will do the trick

    jsjamieson33 -

    The screws outlined in red are actually 3mm long.

    bmehilos - Antwoord

    I ruined the head of the 3.5 mm Phillips screw. What kind of screw is this (M1, M1.2, ...?)?

    Michael Domhardt - Antwoord

    I know this is a little late, but I found a part number from another guide. It says that all three of those screws are the same. Here is the part number for that screw: 922-8662, and here is a link to what I found on that screw: https://www.impactcomputers.com/922-8662...

    Under the "specifications" tab, it says that they are M2.

    Chase Smith -

    The top screw was locked tight for me also and I eventually stripped the phillips screw head. The only thing I could do is drill it out. Since I replaced the optical drive with an SSD, I didn't need the screw after all.

    Darren Deffner - Antwoord

  11. Lift the optical drive from its left edge and pull it out of the computer.
    • Lift the optical drive from its left edge and pull it out of the computer.

  12. Remove the optical drive cable by pulling it straight away from the optical drive.
    • Remove the optical drive cable by pulling it straight away from the optical drive.

    • If you have a CD or any other object jammed in your optical drive, we have an optical drive repair guide.

    One more thing - you need to remove the bracket next to the cable.

    shigmas - Antwoord

  13. Remove the two black Phillips #0 screws securing the small metal mounting bracket. Transfer this bracket to your new optical drive or hard drive enclosure.
    • Remove the two black Phillips #0 screws securing the small metal mounting bracket. Transfer this bracket to your new optical drive or hard drive enclosure.

  14. Remove the plastic spacer from the optical bay hard drive enclosure by pressing in on one of the clips on either side and lifting it up and out of the enclosure. Remove the plastic spacer from the optical bay hard drive enclosure by pressing in on one of the clips on either side and lifting it up and out of the enclosure.
    • Remove the plastic spacer from the optical bay hard drive enclosure by pressing in on one of the clips on either side and lifting it up and out of the enclosure.

    is it 9,5mm or 12,7mm for the caddy? My stuff macbook pro mid 2010, need advice what size is compatible. Thank you

    Adi Purba - Antwoord

    All Macbooks use 9.5mm Optical Drive Caddy, also, If you’re wondering as well, the Optical Drive runs at SATA II speeds just like with the main hard drive area, so if you’re using a SSD, then it’s going to run at a slightly slower speed.

    - PS5iscool - - Antwoord

  15. Make sure that the hard drive connectors are facing down before placing it into the enclosure. Gently place the hard drive into the enclosure's hard drive slot. While firmly holding the enclosure in place with one hand, use your other hand to press the hard drive into the enclosure connectors.
    • Make sure that the hard drive connectors are facing down before placing it into the enclosure.

    • Gently place the hard drive into the enclosure's hard drive slot.

    • While firmly holding the enclosure in place with one hand, use your other hand to press the hard drive into the enclosure connectors.

    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 - Antwoord

    It’s not wise to swop the optidrive for an HD as there is no physical protection. The caddy is only intended for an SSD.

    Ben Ormerod - Antwoord

  16. Once the hard drive is snug, reinsert the plastic spacer while holding the hard drive against the bottom of the enclosure. Once the hard drive is snug, reinsert the plastic spacer while holding the hard drive against the bottom of the enclosure.
    • Once the hard drive is snug, reinsert the plastic spacer while holding the hard drive against the bottom of the enclosure.

    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 - Antwoord

  17. Use two Phillips #1 screws to secure the drive to its enclosure. Use two Phillips #1 screws to secure the drive to its enclosure.
    • Use two Phillips #1 screws to secure the drive to its enclosure.

    Where are these screws coming from? Were they part of the original optical drive?

    Bradley DeHerrera - Antwoord

    The new enclosure should include these two Phillips screws.

    Sam Omiotek -

  18. Attach the optical drive bracket to the new enclosure with two Phillips #0 screws.
    • Attach the optical drive bracket to the new enclosure with two Phillips #0 screws.

    • Reconnect any cables you have removed from the original optical drive onto the optical bay enclosure.

    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 - Antwoord

    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 -

    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 - Antwoord

    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 - Antwoord

  19. Don't ditch that drive! You can still use your optical drive externally with the help of our SATA Optical Drive USB Cable. Align the cable's SATA connector with the drive's port and plug in securely. Plug the USB connector into your laptop and your optical drive is ready for use.
    • Don't ditch that drive! You can still use your optical drive externally with the help of our SATA Optical Drive USB Cable.

    • Align the cable's SATA connector with the drive's port and plug in securely.

    • Plug the USB connector into your laptop and your optical drive is ready for use.

    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 - Antwoord

    Maybe that explain the eject button mechanism maybe….

    - PS5iscool - - Antwoord

Conclusie

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

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Thank you for this very comprehensive guide. I have been able to use it to add a 2nd 1TB Hard Drive to my smaller 13-inch, Aluminum, Late 2008 Macbook in lieu of its original SuperDrive. However, I am unable to see this 2nd drive on my desktop. This is despite the fact that I have checked “Hard disks” under the General tab in Preferences. I only see my 1st 500 Gb SSD boot drive. What can I do to have the 2nd Hard Drive show on my desktop as well?

Les Lesaca - Antwoord

Ok, I formatted the new HD and it can now be seen on my desktop!

Les Lesaca - Antwoord

Hi, I’m planning to do the 2nd disk op, however my idea is to add either a 2Tb SSD or 4TB SSD, leaving the OS and the std office tools (write, table, presentation) on original HDD. SSD would contain data and video/photo editing tools.

Does anyone know if the late2008 accepts, runs the above 1Tb drives (SSDs or HDDs)?

I’ve heard so many no/yes/hmmm/ney replies, seems that no one knows. Not even Apple Support team.

I would be grateful if somebody is able to give a solid advice on this matter.

Vesa Koret - Antwoord

One of the CDRom small screw got damage and it wont be unscrew is there away for me to remove the CD Rom? Help?

Richard Tirtadji - Antwoord

Richard Tirtadji: you can try to fix a “good” screw with a strong glue on the top of the defective one. There are how-to’s at youtube.

Jochen Buthe - Antwoord

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