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Use this guide to upgrade or replace the solid-state drive in a MacBook Pro 13” Mid 2014. This MacBook Pro uses a proprietary storage drive connector, and is therefore not compatible with common M.2 drives without the use of an adapter.

Before you perform this repair, if at all possible, back up your existing SSD. Then, either familiarize yourself with internet recovery or create a bootable external drive so you’ll be ready to install macOS onto your new drive and migrate your data to the new SSD.

Finally, we strongly recommend installing macOS 10.13 High Sierra (or a later macOS) before replacing the original SSD from your MacBook Pro. Most new SSDs require updated storage drivers not found in versions of macOS prior to High Sierra.

    • Remove the following ten screws securing the lower case to the upper case:

    • Two 2.3 mm P5 Pentalobe screws

    • Eight 3.0 mm P5 Pentalobe screws

    • Throughout this repair, keep track of each screw and make sure it goes back exactly where it came from to avoid damaging your device.

    For all the screws you use the P5 pentalobe screwdriver?

    Carlos - Antwoord

    Pentalobe is only for the screws on the bottom cover. The Torx screw driver is for the remainder.

    Fredrik -

    Is the Pentalobe screwdriver mentioned in the tools list? I did not have one so I used a filed down flat blade screwdriver. Not a fantastic idea, but it works.

    Alex Birkett - Antwoord

    Yes, it's mentioned on the top of this page. P5 Pentalobe to be precise. I didn't have one either, so I bought one from iFixit and that works fantastic. An absolutely precise fit, which is important especially when you might open your MacBook a couple of times during the years you own it. Not using the correct tool might do more harm to the screws than you want! I once had this with a Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro, which has Torx screws (T4 I think) and I used cheap Chinese quality tools, with the result that both the tool and one of the screws are damaged.

    addvariety -

    I never, ever, ever considered using anything but the correct tool on the Pentalobe screws. Too easy to strip and void your warranty (if still in effect), as well as make it almost impossible to get inside later for another upgrade or repair. The Wiha P5 Pentalobe screwdriver fits like a glove and costs only about $11 (a fraction of your drive's price)at Amazon.com. Get it!

    marketing - Antwoord

    is P5 supposed to be for all 10 screws? it works on the 2x 2.3mm at the top, but not for the 8x others for me. what size screwdriver for the 3mm? thanks

    monsieurescargot - Antwoord

    Yes, the p5 works for all 10 pentalobe screw heads for bottom cover. The the different size mm reference only refers to the difference in length of the screws, but again both heads are p5.

    Antoine Thornton - Antwoord

    I followed this exactly and was able to replace my broken trackpad. I did not have to replace the ribbon OR the battery. However I would suggest getting the ribbon since it’s fairly cheap, as for the batteries I was able to do it with a card only. I didn’t use any heat or the liquid but it takes some time. You really have to work the card in there to release the glue. Also you must be very careful not to bend the batteries or damage them, if you do you must replace with new. This took me about 1.5hrs and my computer works like new. Apple cost for this job was around $450, I did it for $120. Big ups to ifixit for this awesome tutorial, tool set and parts!

    On a side note, only use quality tools, the cheap ones will break or strip the screws.

    Dustin Steward - Antwoord

    Note that the eight 3mm screws have a shoulder under the head, while the two 2.3mm screws are “full thread”, i.e., there is no shoulder under their heads. It’s important to put the two screws with no shoulder at the hinge of the cover.

    All ten screws require a P5 Pentalobe screwdriver, preferably with a magnetized tip to help hold and position the screw.

    All of the screws have blue “Loctite” thread locker compound on their threads. This is to help prevent the screws from working loose and falling out. Don’t attempt to clean the Loctite from the screws — leave it in place, and it will continue to help prevent the re-inserted screws from working loose.

    When replacing the bottom cover, it is a good technique to insert and BEGIN tightening all ten screws BEFORE fully tightening any one screw. After all the screws have been started, then go around and finish tightening all of them. By doing this, you make it easier to feel that each screw has been started properly, and is not “cross-threaded”.

    doubleclutch - Antwoord

    This is what I found on my MBP mid-2014 13” Retina. All 10 used the same screwdriver. I didn’t see the blue “loctite” but I also got my computer refurbished.

    Evan Shulman -

    A good technique for starting to thread the screws when replacing them is to position and align the screw, and with the driver, gently turn the screw in the REMOVAL direction until you feel and hear a slight click. This click happens when the leading thread of the screw drops off of the leading edge of the thread in the hole — this is the point at which the threads are properly positioned for engagement. You can now turn the driver and screw in the TIGHTENING direction. This technique will help prevent accidental “cross-threading” of the screw, which will damage the threads permanently.

    Note that this is a useful technique when installing ANY threaded fastener.

    doubleclutch - Antwoord

    Just finished replacing my battery (MacBook Pro 13” early 2015), glad I did, the old ones were noticeably swollen. I was surprised to find the battery at 57% upon completion and charging the new battery. No problems with replacement however, kit arrived without the Pentalobe driver. I got a nice complete kit from Amazon for 20 euro in 2 days. iFixit offered a coupon on any future purchase but right now, I have no plans on needing anything. Nice gesture but would have preferred the driver in the kit in the first place.

    Suggest having a small can of compressed air on hand to clean out the interior, after 4 years, mine was quite dirty. Ear buds and alcohol were the best I could do. And a magnetized driver is mandatory I think.

    D M - Antwoord

    REQUIRED PARTS (SCREWS) TO DO THIS JOB UNAVAILABLE HERE:

    If your keyboard is riveted to the chassis as mine is, Late 2013 MBP 13” retina, you need about 100 screws to reattach the new keyboard.

    ifixit does not have them. I did just now find them at Beetstech for $4.50 along with a back light $13 for the keyboard in case you want one. It looks like Beetstech is a big competitor of ifixit with an excellent reputation (like ifixit has) too. I just ordered these parts and will not happily be moving forward with my keyboard replacement.

    Timothy Hardman - Antwoord

    Fun Fact: I got three of the 2,3 mm Pentalopes … ;-)

    Paco Demant - Antwoord

    My PB had eight (8), 2.3 mm screws and two (2), 3.0 mm screws.

    ellamama - Antwoord

    Hi peeps,

    I have a wifi problem on this MBP 13” early 2015 and was pleasently surprised to find your guide to changing the airport card.

    However upon closer inspection it seems that on my MBP (purchased new or so I thought) the 3 antennae seem so have been soldered together at the point where they are clamped to the chassis. I have photos but cannot post here. Can anyone conform that where the 3 antennae wires are held to the chssis by the 2 scew metal support (just before disappearing into the screen hinge), the support is not meant to short the 3 wires together. This makes no sense for 3 seperate antennae wires.

    Any advice /close up photos is welcome here.

    dom

    colonel mustard - Antwoord

    Tip: Use post-it notes to keep track of screws

    1. Pack of post it notes

    2. Stick screws to the sticky part of the post it note

    3. Write on the post it note which step and what kind of screw it is

    ibash - Antwoord

    Hi, in order to drain the battery I am running:

    yes > /dev/null

    in 4 terminals, so the CPU maxes out at almost 99%.

    I hope this speeds up the battery draining process.

    And the backlight is at maximum brightness :-)

    You can see the cpu load in Activity Monitor.

    Its draining at 20% per 15 minutes.

    Any concerns about draining the battery in this way?

    Andre van der Ham - Antwoord

    Something I’ve been curious about, is it possible to upgrade a late 2013 Retina model MacBook Pro, with the improved 16gb ram and i7 processor logic board from the 2015 retina model? I’d be interested to try but not ready to shell out the $500+ to be the first lol

    Chat Dawgie - Antwoord

  1. Wedge your fingers between the upper case and the lower case.
    • Wedge your fingers between the upper case and the lower case.

    • Gently pull the lower case away from the upper case to remove it.

    This takes a bit more effort than you might expect. Put your fingers where shown and lift about 3inches. With enough upwards pressure the plastic holders will “pop free” and the bottom will come off easily.

    hamiltont - Antwoord

    Agreed. A decent amount of force is required here.

    Evan Shulman - Antwoord

    To reattach bottom case I found it helpful to line fingers up with clips under case should snap easily

    Peter Stoll - Antwoord

    Easy snapped off for me

    Jackie Malling - Antwoord

  2. The lower case is connected to the upper case with two plastic clips near its center. During reassembly, gently push down the center of the lower case to reattach the two plastic clips.
    • The lower case is connected to the upper case with two plastic clips near its center.

    • During reassembly, gently push down the center of the lower case to reattach the two plastic clips.

    What is the black vinyl-y sticker on the inside of the case (some sort of shield?). I was forced to slightly puncture it in order to replace the feet on my laptop. Thanks in advance.

    Tommy Huang - Antwoord

    When I got the back off, I found this piece loose, any idea what it is? about 9mm long frosted plastic

    https://imgur.com/a/tYaxGdG

    Fred Anderson - Antwoord

    This wording I found quite confusing. They just mean when putting the lid back on that you just removed in the previous step, push here.

    Mmm ttt - Antwoord

    I took my pointer and thumb (which are luckily long enough) to feel where the studs are on the back panel, and then as I put the back panel back on, I pushed in the spot I had marked with my fingers to ensure I was applying pressure only on this part.

    Evan Shulman - Antwoord

    Can you make a youtube video showing the steps? I am not sure how to proceed with this step. I want to see it done.

    Thanks.

    Carol Garrett - Antwoord

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  4. If necessary, remove the plastic cover adhered to the battery contact board.
    • If necessary, remove the plastic cover adhered to the battery contact board.

    Do you know where I can purchase this plastic cover? Mine is missing and no one will work on my computer without it.

    jodieabc - Antwoord

    My new battery kit included a replacement for this part, so, no need to save the old one.

    Ralph Begleiter - Antwoord

    The aux in my mac works 1 out of 10 times , Is this relevant to me in order to solve the proplem ? I cant see aux input on the io board ?

    Wajde Fadool - Antwoord

  5. Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the battery connector straight up out of its socket on the logic board. Be sure you lift up only on the connector itself, not the socket, or you risk permanent damage to the logic board.
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the battery connector straight up out of its socket on the logic board.

    • Be sure you lift up only on the connector itself, not the socket, or you risk permanent damage to the logic board.

    I have a friends MacBook Pro that has some water damage that caused the MacBook not to be able to use battery power, but still work when plugged into A/C. Upon further inspection I can see visible corrosion on a few of the 9 cables going from the battery connector to that small circuit board. Is it possible to just replace that circuit board?

    jramsey21 - Antwoord

    I have the some problem. I was thinking to replace the whole battery but I am not it will solve the problem. Any suggestions?

    salvatorebarbera -

    Sometimes it can be enough to just clean the contacts without having to replace the entire board. Dosent work for complicated IC's like plcc type, where corrosion is underneath the chip. Here you will have to reheat and reapply the IC.

    andrehedegaard -

    Hi,have you find the solution for your battery? I also have same problem, run with plugs but it battery not supporting… as soon the plug of it goes off

    Jewel Rahman -

    Have either of you replaced the battery and/or circuit board to fix the MacBooks with the water damage ? I have the same problem with the MacBook working fine when connected to power but dying immediately when the power cord is removed.

    Steve - Antwoord

    Hi, Steve. I had the same problem: Macbook Pro 15 retina with coffee damage. And it worked fine when connected to power. I made it working after replacing the whole battery. It seems that circuit connected to the battery becomes disabled to prevent short circuit.

    Vadim Gribanov -

    When placing the battery connector back into the socket on the logic board, check that every part of connector is pressed down. You should hear a soft click when it's back in place.

    Ethan Tarquin - Antwoord

    Thanks for the comment. My MBP isn’t powering on after I walked through these steps, and I assume it is because the battery connector isn’t fully connected. (I can’t check yet since I borrowed the pentalobe screwdriver)

    Caleb Steinborn -

    +1

    I thought I made sure it was connected but when running the computer it only detected the battery but couldn’t power it. I had to run with power adapter. Also it didn’t charge. I guess some pins were connected but not all. To verify that all were connected I removed the plastic cover, placed it carefully completely flat, and then reattached the plastic cover. After that it worked!

    Jonas Ehrs -

    If I only want to replace the trackpad cable, then which steps should I skip? This step seems unnecessary

    Parth Gudhka - Antwoord

    This step is not unnecessary because you need to remove the battery before you can replace the trackpad

    Jeffrey Liu -

    Removing the battery connector took a bit of finagling. It wasn’t as easy as one would think. Be very careful when doing this as they warn to not damage it. Otherwise great instructions!!!!

    Peppon - Antwoord

    I replaced both my L and R speakers on my MBP mid-2014 13” withOUT doing this step.

    Evan Shulman - Antwoord

    I did the same thing, probably unnecessary to disconnect the battery. I’m not a technician however.

    Leo Toupin -

    I have verified I have this battery, and I have a mid-2014 macbook retina. And I swear i do not see this battery connector. I didn’t take the cover off, per other comments that said it was an unnecessary risk. What the heck? will I not see the battery cable without taking of that cover?

    martha - Antwoord

    How can i post a photo of what I am seeing …I don’t see the battery connector! not like in photo above. maybe I have to remove that plastic cover although others recommended not doing that (see above).

    martha - Antwoord

    ooops nevermind..I see it now! tks . But..there is SO much gunk/dust under there (old, hand me down, used by my teen daughter while eating in bed no doubt!) . Should I attempt to clean? Beyond just blowing on it? Is compressed air safe? Or should I just leave it be? Assuming I don’t break it while replacing this battery I’d like not to break it otherwise! tks

    martha - Antwoord

    Lift from the long, flat side, not the shorter side. In this picture, you should lift from the NORTH part of the connector, not the WEST side like they are doing. This is because you can spread the pressure from lifting the connector across more area, as compared to the side. I accidentally broke off part of my battery connector lifting it up the way shown, but was able to do it the way I described without problem. Make sure to lift from the wide part so you don’t have my same trouble!

    Jaden Salama - Antwoord

  6. Bend the battery connector up out of the way to prevent accidental contact with its socket during your repair.
    • Bend the battery connector up out of the way to prevent accidental contact with its socket during your repair.

    If you miss or let this step for later like I did, the power left in the battery even though the computer is completely shut down, will screw up the I/O board cable like I did. I noticed this after I put all the pieces back, turn the computer on and surprise, no wifi hardware is detected. -.-

    sebasgaes - Antwoord

    Not sure I understand: did leaving the battery plugged in permanently broke the I/O board (or anything else)?

    Adrien -

    I put a small piece of blue painters tape on the battery connector contacts to prevent it from accidentally making a connection and shorting. This helped keep things a bit more protected.

    LaymanLab - Antwoord

    That’s a great idea!

    David Lilliebridge - Antwoord

    I used a small piece of paper to prevent the connector from connecting, no need to wrestle with even low-stick adhesive.

    dbrick - Antwoord

    I replaced both my L and R speakers on my MBP mid-2014 13” withOUT doing this step.

    Evan Shulman - Antwoord

    I agree that inserting a small paper above between the socket and the connector was useful. I used post-it-note, but kept the adhesive away from the socket.

    Ralph Begleiter - Antwoord

  7. Remove the single 2.9 mm T5 Torx screw securing the SSD to the logic board.
    • Remove the single 2.9 mm T5 Torx screw securing the SSD to the logic board.

    In case you need it, the underside of the SSD board will indicate the size of the drive, e.g., 128GB.

    Aldo Cugnini - Antwoord

    I have tried to unscrew this screw on 3 different laptops, and the T5 is not getting a good grasp. I didnt want to apply too much pressure in fear of stripping the screw. I have had success with side grabbing bits in the past, but even this has not gotten a good grip on this screw. Does anyone have advice on what I can do in order to extract it cleanly?

    Athar Sheikh - Antwoord

  8. Lift the free end of the SSD up slightly and pull the SSD straight out of its socket on the logic board. Only lift the end of the SSD enough to allow you to pull it out—about 1/4". Only lift the end of the SSD enough to allow you to pull it out—about 1/4".
    • Lift the free end of the SSD up slightly and pull the SSD straight out of its socket on the logic board.

    • Only lift the end of the SSD enough to allow you to pull it out—about 1/4".

    Transcend 960GB JetDrive 720 SATAIII 6Gb/s Solid State Drive Upgrade Kit for MacBook Pro 13" with Retina Display, Late 2012 - Early 2013 (TS960GJDM720) - Is this compatible with the Macbook Pro 13" Retina - Mid 2014?

    Jess - Antwoord

    Según el fabricante no, me puse en contacto con ellos y dicen que estan en desarrollo. Yo ya pregunte en este foro por que otro unidad de ssd cambio la original y nadie responde...

    According to the manufacturer no, I got in touch with them and say they are developing . I already ask at this forum by another unit ssd change the original and nobody answers ..

    Antonio -

    Manufacturers that don't say it's compatible, just haven't tested it. You just have to pay special attention to the notch(es) on the connector. I had a 512 GB SSD lying around, but it had two notches at 1/3 and 2/3 (M.2 B & M notches) instead of the MacBook's notch that's somewhat in the middle and is NOT a standard of the M.2 format.

    addvariety -

    No. But OWC now sells a higher capacity SSD for the 2015 MBP's

    robert Seith - Antwoord

    Great guide!

    Daniel - Antwoord

    Why do I need to disconnect the battery?

    David DelMonte - Antwoord

    To prevent damage on motherboard while connecting/disconnecting SSD.

    Fedor Zhuromsky -

    What are your recommendations for transferring the data to the replacement flash drive?

    ari - Antwoord

    Before changing hard drive, back up data via Time Machine. After hard drive replacement, restore Time Machine backup onto new hard drive.

    William -

    no other brand sad, for MacBook RD mid 2014?

    iCalfixit - Antwoord

    Can i swap my macbook pro 13" (late 2013) 128gb ssd with macbook air 13" 512gb ssd...? Would it work like that or they don't work with this combination...?

    VVK - Antwoord

    Yes, you can.

    Oleg -

    Can i use 1T ssd in macbook Retina Mf840 ??? change 256 to 512 or 1T :/

    Pedram BehzadiFar - Antwoord

    Hey, do you know if Transcend Jetdrive 725 is compatible with a 2015 MBP 13 retina ? Thanks for your help

    Leo Merazian - Antwoord

    Could the ssd replace the 128gb hdd? Are they same size?

    wongsamson7 - Antwoord

    I’m hoping to install a 1TB or 2TB (preferably 2TB) in a MacBook Pro 13” early 2015 model. Which brand & model SSD would be recommended

    Kryn Sporry - Antwoord

    I just installed a OWC Aura Pro 1T in my mid 2014 MacBook Pro. Reviews were really good, OWC makes SSD’s for macs. Review on Macworld were good and they won awards back in 2011. So far no issues. Ironically the SSD originally came in my MacBook is a sandisk from apple. Almost 5 years and never had issues. Just too small of an SSD. Keeping it in the OWC EnvoyPro enclosure that came with the upgrade kit.

    Peppon -

    Hey fellow Upgraders :)I am currently working with an MBP 13inch early 2015, 128 Gb SSD inside. As we all know, that is barely enough to store your own photos on, and when the wife’s collection is added… well, let’s just say I need to put at least a 1TB in :)

    Checked all the comments, and concluded HW-wise Samsungs are a no go, as per notches not in the semi middle.

    One thing I have not anybody seen mentioning here is the heat production of the SSD. If I would put a 1TB in will it likely overheat and die in the enclosure, or do I not have to worry about it. Although there are air-vents on the MBP, I have not found a fan (hate sound anyway) to keep things cool.

    Your thoughts?

    Regards, Rick

    Rick Wilbrink - Antwoord

    If you’d like to use Samsung’s M.2 NVMe SSDs (and probably any other M.2 NVMe SSD currently on the market) you’ll have to get an adapter that will allow it; https://www.amazon.com/Sintech-Adapter-U.... As far as heat production is concerned the SSD’s built-in throttling mechanism can help mitigate that if it decides it’s running too hot; usually when there are large file transfers taking place. Off the top of my head I think Samsung and WD do thermal throttling.

    Barry Effinger -

    Consider adding a micro SD card, with an adapter, to the Macbook Pro permanently. Great way to add capacity beyond the SSD. You can get several adapters that are “low profile” and will not protrude form your MBP.

    petepub - Antwoord

    I just replaced my mid 2014 MacBook Pro 128 GB SSD to the Aura Pro X2 1T. Taking the old SSD out was easy but installing the new Aura pro X2 took several tries. I thought it was not going to fit as it only seated part way. I was getting a little worried but after a few tries I got it to seat all the way in. Formatted the drive per OWC instructions on their site and I’m waiting on the Time Machine Back-Up to complete. OWC site had a few e xtra steps than ifixit steps. MacBook Pro booted up fine and displayed the new Aura SSD. Formatted as noted in instructions as well. No issues to this point. I will update once restore is done. HOPE ALLWORKS FINE!!!!

    Peppon - Antwoord

    SUCCESS!!!!! All worked great, took a bit to reboot after back up restore. Part of the issue why it took so long I had to turn WiFi back on. Then it uploaded all my settings once I signed into my Apple ID account.

    Peppon -

    Hola, gracias por la guia. Estoy pensando en cambiar mi disco SSD (128gb) del Macbook Pro Retina finales de 2013, para tener más espacio para Windows 10, que necesito para un tema de trabajo y ahora mismo tengo bootcamp y tanto el OS X como el Windows están ajustadisimos los dos metidos en 128Gb. ¿Podría seguir usando bootcamp tras actualizar el disco duro o cambia algo?

    Nombre del modelo: MacBook Pro

    Identificador del modelo: MacBookPro11,1

    ¿Alguien me recomienda en su caso un disco duro compatible de 480gb?

    Carlos - Antwoord

    Carlos, aqui lo recomiendo un disco duro combatible de 480gb: OWC Aura Pro X2 SSD

    Lo del bootcamp, no sé si entiendo completamente? Sí se puede seguir usando bootcamp tras actualizar el disco duro, pero yo creo que tendrá que iniciar bootcamp en el nuevo SSD primeramente, y copiar los datos del otro SSD después. Dependerá en cómo lo ha preparado en la maquina suya.

    ¡Que le vaya bien!

    Taylor Dixon - Antwoord

    Muchas gracias. La idea era simplemente recuperar OS X (desde Time Machine o incluso reinstalar) y después ya volver a instalar bootcamp y Windows, mi duda era solo si al cambiar el disco sigue siendo siendo posible instalar bootcamp, y parece que así que me pondré a ello. Gracias!

    Carlos -

    So whats the best way to get the OS on my new SSD?

    Hans-Martin Rottenschlager - Antwoord

    My MacBook 13” retina mid 2014 won’t even turn on. Tried putting a new battery in, nothing. Can I remove the ssd and transfer the data using an external reader?

    Janie Hughes - Antwoord

    I was doing replacement using Transcend SSD and they provided an excellent guidance on how to restore the content of the SSD. Maybe it would help someone:

    1. Insert Apple original SSD into your Mac's SSD slot

    2. Power on and connect JDM855

    3. Use Disk Utility to format the JDM SSD as APFS (GUID scheme)

    Reference: https://drive.google.com/file/d/132Q0CZA...

    4. Download Carbon Copy Cloner to clone your MacOS (Download Link: https://bombich.com/)

    If your MacOS is 10.14 (Mojave), then you need to grant full disk access to this software.

    Reference: https://bombich.com/kb/ccc5/granting-ful...

    5. Power off and replace JDM850 with Apple original SSD, put Apple SSD into JDM's enclosure case.

    6. Power up and hold down "option" for few second

    7. Choose the external drive to enter MacOS

    8. Go "System Preference" to set JDM850 as start-up disk

    9. Power off and disconnect the external drive

    Peter Lachký - Antwoord

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

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Hello

Can you confirm that the ssd for the macbook pro mid 2014 really is replaceable?

I hear rumours that the ssd is stuck to the motherbord.

Pieter Baeyens - Antwoord

I changed the MacBook Pro 13' Mid 2014 SSD successfully from 120GB to 1000GB. Follow all the steps provided and everything will be fine.

Syafiq Sufi -

I spoke with an apple expert at the genius bar and they said that the SSD is Soldered into the motherboard itself. Which is why I bought another MacBook pro for $1500 after mine had corrupted. Once I was informed you could change it out, I filed a complaint with Apple's Tech Support, which they did nothing about and said that their employees were uninformed.

Joe Wilkie -

Yes, I just replaced my MBP Mid 2014 128GB SSD with 480GB SSD. So, I can confirm it works.

Pasi Kivikangas -

Why is it necessary to disconnect the battery for the SSD replacement?

Robert Kelly - Antwoord

You always want to remove the battery and/or unplug your laptop/desktop before doing any repairs or upgrades to reduce electrical shock.

ncrimmel -

Nonsense, turn the laptop off, make sure hand/wrist are grounded, and you do not have to disconnect the battery. There is more chance of battery surge damage or connector damage then there is damage to the hard disk in a complete shut down mode. 28 years of electronic repair in all industries has taught me this.

Nic Wilson -

For security reasons. Microelectronic devices are very fragile and any little overcharge may harm them. When upgrading the SSD drive you are messing with the hardware. ;-)

Felix -

So you do not short it out.

Lesley Smith -

Anything electrical MUST be neutralized before working. Batteries and other power sources MUST ALWAYS be disconnected before doing work. My experience with building and maintaining computers and systems since 1984 dictates this to be the way it has to be. Otherwise you have a very good chance to blow up your electronic device inadvertently.

Terrence Gabriel -

To avoid potencial short circuit.

Ansël Corona -

Because you shouldn’t have any potential power to any part of the device when working on it

meaty.1 -

Of course! Disconnect any power from any device you repair!!! I just burned up a logic board of my iPhone case-battery because of accidentally shortcuts circuit with metal tweezers =( Battery was connected to board

firuz1844 - Antwoord

how do you reinstall the os since there is no more the recovery partition?

Jonathan Obino - Antwoord

You can make a bootable USB drive before you upgrade your SSD. I would do this with an older version of OS X (e.g. Lion), which you can afterwards upgrade to Yosemite for free. I'm sure there is also a possibility to make a Yosemite bootable, I just haven't done it before myself.

Jan -

Hold CMD+R (internet recovery)

peter -

Is it only 512 and 1TB SSD avalible in the market? No 750, 712GBs?

Bob - Antwoord

May you confirm, is this model can be upgradeable i heard it cannot regards.

raymondg1992 - Antwoord

Could anyone confirm whether it can be done or not?

gratain - Antwoord

Is anyone else having any issue with taking the battery connector off? I just don't want to damage the connectors because it feels much more difficult to pull up then previous model Macs I've dealt with. If so, what did you do to make it easier?

isaacfinger - Antwoord

NOTE! If you bought a brand new SSD you will have to initialize it. When you turn your computer on hold down option+command+R. Then, on the window that gives you the options to install OSX or use TimeMachine, or use Disk Utility. Pick Disk utility because you need to initialize the drive. Select your drive on the left side bar then select "partition" and give it a name, make sure it is "journaled" and select the number of partitions that you want. You can then click continue, or next or whatever is at the bottom. It'll take a few seconds for the partition to be completed. Lastly, go back to the window with the main options as (stated above) and select "download OSX". Then let that baby download and your home free!

isaacfinger - Antwoord

Hi! when i try to install the system from the internet it asks me to choose a disk but the brand new ssd does not appear… Can I try something or do I have to send back the ssd?

mariepaulemuller -

Can someone confirm that this is working on the Mid 2014 rMBP 11,1

Clive Shum - Antwoord

yes this worked on my 11,1. I upgraded to a 480gb I have also upgraded another to a 256gb

Ray Dunham -

Would I be able to use Samsung brand SSD(MZ-V5P512BW) ???

William Cho - Antwoord

Did you get an answer to this question? I also have a Mid 2014 Macbook Pro and want to put a Samsung 950 pro 512gb in it.

John Roger Bell -

I'd be glas to find a reference for a 1To SSD compatible with MID 2014 MacBook Pro 13''... any help ?

GEii Mulhouse -

¿Hola, que modelo de disco ssd de 1Tb has usado?, no lo encuentro

Hey, that model 1TB SSD used ?, you can not find it

Antonio Jesus Martin - Antwoord

Can anyone please tell me the compatible 1TB SSD options available? I was considering the Mac Pro SSD since its x4 PCIe but the part is nearly $1000.

shayaansiddiqui - Antwoord

Mid 2014 MBPR 2.6ghz could use this ssd

"SAMSUNG 950 PRO M.2 512GB PCI-Express 3.0 x4 Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-V5P512BW" ?

Miguel Fria - Antwoord

Miguel, is that a statement or a question?!

nstjh -

Antonio . has conseguido la referencia de alguna otra tarjeta ssd para el macbook pro 13" mid 2014. graciaS!!!

Antonio, have you got the reference of some other sd card for macbook pro 13 "mid 2014. Thanks

Ivan - Antwoord

Hi, There are plenty of different SSDs available in the Market. Can anybody tell me that which type of SSD will be suitable for my MacBookPro mid 2014. Please mention m.2 or any other, also mention some SSD models and amazon links. It will be good if I get Pro SSD models in the list. Thank you.

Raghavendra Temkar - Antwoord

Does the plastic cover have to be put back when you're putting everything back together?

Ryan Ragland - Antwoord

I update OWC Aura SSD on a MacBook Pro late 2013. But the SSD shows as an External disk. I wonder if there is a way we could fix this.

longstcn - Antwoord

Did you figure this out? I am looking at the same drive for my Mid 2014 MBP

Bryan -

Excelente¡ todo salió bien.

Ruben Morales - Antwoord

Disculpa que marca y que modelo de SDD utilizaste para hacer el cambio?

Sebastian Bonilla -

So can you install a Samsung 950 PRO NVMe drive instead ? Or not ?!

Chip Ryan - Antwoord

this is a solid question and I'd like to know too. MacOS supports NVME and there are converters to make the Samsung NVME modules physically fit/connect so now, do they work?

patrick.bos -

Hi

Sorry if this is a repeat question anyhow but can anyone tell me if the RAM for Macbook Pro 13 Retina (Mid 2014) can be upgraded from 8GB to 16GB?

Thanks

Mas Berman - Antwoord

no - RAM is soldiered and not replacable

rangerek -

it is mentioned on apple ( about this Mac ) on ur python click support then specifications. u can upgrade it to 16 GB yes…

walid.riachy25 -

guys can I upgrade my MacBook Pro mid 2014 128 GB to 512 GB or 1TB ?

any body had succeeded doing that ? and what type of ssd I should buy ?

walid.riachy25 -

Hi,

looking for an adapter to replace the existing SSD with a mSATA SSD on my Macbook pro 13" retina (mid 2014). Anybody can provide details if this is possible and how to buy adapter for the A1502 model?

many thanks.

Tobi - Antwoord

Yes this works people..MANY have answered this so ease quit asking. You cannot update the ram however it is definitely soldered in. If you're willing seeing simply remove the back and look at the SSD drive. If you see a simple gle screw then it's removable. Common sense…

Lane Jasper - Antwoord

I have a 13” MacBookPro Retina Dual i5 2.7 Ghz computer with a 128 GB SSD drive and 8GB of RAM. Someone spilled a beer over the keyboard and it will no longer start up. Apple says the logic board needs replacing. Only then can the other parts be tested for potential damage. It’s no longer under warranty and it’s not insured. For the cost of the repairs, I can get a comparable used MBP. I need to get my data off the hard drive first. Can I remove it per the instructions above, hook it up by cable to my other Mac, and copy the files that way? My last Time Machine backup was unfortunately four weeks previous to the beer spill, and I need to access the newer files as well as the old ones. Any suggestions?

Rickfilms - Antwoord

You need a (special) case for the old HD.

dmarckp -

I have removed the ssd drive motherboard from my macbook as my mac has now died. The ssd drive is intact. What adapter would allpw me to tranfer the files safely to a chromebook as i have a ssd converter but it o ly works on 2.5”ssd’s

Dave Abel - Antwoord

Step 5 (lifting the battery connector)

It can be challenging, I snapped the plastic end of the battery connector.

i can suggest NOT lifting the battery connector from the same side as what the picture here shows you.

INSTEAD, try lifting the connector from the longer side (the side facing the SSD).

Adli Trevor - Antwoord

Hi all,

My MacBook Pro retina 13 mid 14’s has its SSD completely dead. I’ve found this option on amazon: Transcend JetDrive 850 - Disco Duro Sólido (480 GB, PCI Express 3.0, 1600 MB/s), it says it is compatible with my model. Anyone confirming this? And, my major question is how to boot the computer once the ssd is plugged. I have a time machine backup, so can I start with cmd+R and run the time machine option? I mean, the cmd+R works independently of the SSD? Thanks

Soluna salles - Antwoord

Hi there,

Can I install the SSD and use Internet Recovery to Install MacOS? In 2019

Mirav Patel - Antwoord

Mirav, you can use Internet Recovery to Install MacOS! We even made a guide for that very thing, in 2019: How to use Internet Recovery to install macOS to a new SSD

Taylor Dixon -

can drives be cloned instead of redownloading mac os on the new drive and then transferring data?

Stephanie Hurd - Antwoord

I plan to upgrade the storage as well, but will it be the problems after installing the SSD?

Am I just afraid that the MacBook will not detect the SSD and it can not format the disk?

Or it would help if I boot with the installation USB as the new macOS?

Parkpoom Wisedsri - Antwoord

hi! I’ve that problem, the new ssd is not recognized when I try to install. During the process it asks me to choose a disk but my ssd does not appear!!!

Is someone having a solution?

mariepaulemuller -

Bonjour,

Peut-on faire une clone du SSD interne sur le SSD externe avant le changement de SSD ?

Valentino

VALENTINO STANGHERLIN - Antwoord

Thank you so much for the guide! For the longest while I listened to tech “gurus” talk about how Retinas are not upgradeable and everything is soldered on the board. But no one ever took it apart to find out lol. Finished this in <10min and it worked like a charm. Super simple.

Ben Jiles - Antwoord

I’m hoping to retrieve the data on my busted macbook pro 2014, but would rather not pay the $100 for an SSD enclosure if there’s a way to just transfer everything to an external hard drive I already have. Anyone know if there’s a cheaper converter or something that allows me to plug my SSD into a computer to transfer the data without worrying about long term protection?

Erik Johansson - Antwoord

is there sleep wake up issue?

seongho park - Antwoord

Can I get a 2TB SSD for this model cheaper than Other World Computing sells theirs. It’s about twice the price of other 2TB SSD’s. Which type of SSD does this require.

anonymous 1294 - Antwoord

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