Replace or upgrade your MacBook Core Duo's hard drive with a new SATA hard drive or SSD up to 9.5mm thick. A new drive can give you extra storage space and also increase your MacBook's speed.

Video Overview

  1. Use a coin or spudger to rotate the battery-locking screw 90 degrees clockwise.
    • Use a coin or spudger to rotate the battery-locking screw 90 degrees clockwise.

  2. Lift the battery out of the computer.
    • Lift the battery out of the computer.

    • Remove the three evenly-spaced Phillips screws from along the rear wall of the battery compartment.

    • The screws are captive to the metal memory cover.

    • When replacing the battery casing, use a spudger to re-insert the foam cushioning behind the rear wall for propper battery spacing.

    • Lift up on L-shaped memory cover, slide it to the right, and lift it out of the computer.

    • Grasp the white plastic tab attached to the hard drive and pull it to the right, removing the hard drive from the computer.

    • The hard drive goes back into its compartment with the label facing down.

    • Remove the two black T8 Torx screws securing the silver bracket to the hard drive.

    • Rotate the hard drive and remove the two black T8 Torx screws on the other side of the drive.

    • Lift the silver metal hard drive bracket off of the hard drive.

    • You'll need to transfer this metal bracket to your new hard drive.

    • If you are installing a new hard drive, we have an OS X install guide to get you up and running.


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

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Thanks iFixit for this great walkthrough. Yes, it worked find. Have a look: ;) Keep on rockin' /Sebastian

Sebastian Perschke - Reply

Any suggestions for when the rubber track comes out with the hard disk? Short of dismantling the whole thing?

billkline - Reply

I saw no replies to the "black rubber lip in the slot" comment. What is the fix for that rubber liner track strip coming loose from the inside of the HD enclosure, please?

Mike -

Thanks for the guide, iFixit! It worked like a cham.

scheppdogg532 - Reply

I was wondering if there are any harddrives that are known to be incompatible with this MacBook (aside from dimensions of course)?

Jeannine Guenette - Reply

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