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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. 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:

    • Seven 3 mm Phillips screws.

    • Three 13.5 mm Phillips screws.

    May be helpful to have more distinct colors to identify the different screws.

    Victor Caamano - Antwoord

  2. Using both hands, lift the lower case near the vent to pop it off two clips securing it to the upper case. Remove the lower case and set it aside.
    • Using both hands, lift the lower case near the vent to pop it off two clips securing it to the upper case.

    • Remove the lower case and set it aside.

    • Remove the two 5-Point Pentalobe screws along the top edge of the battery.

    • You do not necessarily have to follow steps 3-6 to remove the battery in order to replace the hard drive. However it is recommended to remove all power sources from electronics before working on them.

    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 - Antwoord

    Citaat van 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 - Antwoord

    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 - Antwoord

    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 - Antwoord

    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 - Antwoord

  3. Use the tip of a spudger to bend back the finger of the "Warning: Do not remove the battery" sticker while you remove third five-point Pentalobe screw hidden underneath.
    • Use the tip of a spudger to bend back the finger of the "Warning: Do not remove the battery" sticker while you remove third five-point Pentalobe screw hidden underneath.

  4. Lift the battery by its plastic pull tab and slide it away from the long edge of the upper case. Do not try to completely remove the battery just yet.
    • Lift the battery by its plastic pull tab and slide it away from the long edge of the upper case.

    • Do not try to completely remove the battery just yet.

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

    Erik - Antwoord

    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 - Antwoord

    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 -

  5. Tilt the battery back enough to access the battery cable connector.
    • Tilt the battery back enough to access the battery cable connector.

    • Pull the battery cable connector away from its socket on the logic board and remove the battery from the upper case.

    • If you're installing a new battery, you should calibrate it after installation.

    Excellent guide

    Kola Ajibade - Antwoord

  6. Apple sticks a small strip of clear plastic with adhesive applied to one side to the logic board behind the camera cable connector to keep it in its socket. When moving it out of the way, be sure not to break any surface-mount components off the logic board.
    • Apple sticks a small strip of clear plastic with adhesive applied to one side to the logic board behind the camera cable connector to keep it in its socket. When moving it out of the way, be sure not to break any surface-mount components off the logic board.

    • Hold the end of the cable retainer down with one finger while you use the tip of a spudger to slightly lift the other end and rotate it away from the camera cable connector.

    I found it quite easy to carefully remove the drive from under the camera cable without disconnecting it, and guide the new drive back in under. It saved time and the danger of damaging those fragile connectors.

    Glenn Richards - Antwoord

  7. Disconnect the camera cable by pulling the male end straight away from its socket. Pull the connector parallel to the face of the logic board, not straight up.
    • Disconnect the camera cable by pulling the male end straight away from its socket.

    • Pull the connector parallel to the face of the logic board, not straight up.

    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 - Antwoord

    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 - Antwoord

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

    raj grainger - Antwoord

    100% true! Thanx for confirming

    cj67 - Antwoord

  8. Peel the camera cable off the adhesive securing it to the optical drive.
    • Peel the camera cable off the adhesive securing it to the optical drive.

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

    Daniele Tamponi - Antwoord

  9. This step is only required if you have an anti-glare display. If you have a glossy display, skip this step. Disconnect the Bluetooth cable by pulling the male end straight away from its socket.
    • This step is only required if you have an anti-glare display. If you have a glossy display, skip this step.

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

    • Pull the connector parallel to the face of the logic board, not straight up.

    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the Bluetooth antenna cable from its socket on the board.

    How can I determine if I have an antiglare display?

    Thanks!

    Dan

    Dan Neunaber - Antwoord

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

    maccentric -

  10. This step is only required if you have an anti-glare display. Remove the two 8 mm Phillips screws securing the Bluetooth/camera cable retainer to the upper case.
    • This step is only required if you have an anti-glare display.

    • Remove the two 8 mm Phillips screws securing the Bluetooth/camera cable retainer to the upper case.

    • One of the screws may remain captive in the Bluetooth/camera cable ground loop. If replacing the display, be sure to transfer this screw to the new unit.

    • Lift the Bluetooth board/cable retainer assembly out of the upper case.

  11. 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.

  12. Remove the single 3.5 mm Phillips screw securing the inner side of the optical drive to the upper case.
    • Remove the single 3.5 mm Phillips screw securing the inner side of the optical drive to the upper case.

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

    What - Antwoord

  13. Remove the two 3.5 mm Phillips screws securing the outer side of the optical drive to the upper case.
    • Remove the two 3.5 mm Phillips screws securing the outer side of the optical drive to the upper case.

    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 - Antwoord

  14. Lift the optical drive from its left edge and pull it out of the upper case.
    • Lift the optical drive from its left edge and pull it out of the upper case.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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 -

  21. 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

  22. 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

Conclusie

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

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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 - Antwoord

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 - Antwoord

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 - Antwoord

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 - Antwoord

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