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MacBook won't boot - 4 days to go before leaving the country

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MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Early 2011

MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Early 2011 Hard Drive Cable Replacement

MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Early 2011 Hard Drive Cable Replacement

25 minuten - 1 uur

Moderate

Mijn probleem

My sister's MacBook stopped working right before she had to leave the country - it couldn't load the hard drive. She desperately needed it so I had to set up an external boot drive to test the hardware. Once that worked, I had to pop the thing open to get the hard drive out. After testing the hard drive and confirming it was working I determined it was the hard drive cable that had the issue.

Mijn oplossing

The repair was surprisingly easy! My only issue was that I didn't have the proper screwdrivers so I took the whole MacBook apart using one of those flathead screwdrivers for repairing glasses held at an angle...it worked, but never again. Also, I left the thing open as a result while I was waiting for it to arrive, just up on a shelf with all the screws in a plastic cup. Luckily iFixit's shipping was fast, but I was a little worried about possible disasters there.

Mijn advies

Get proper screwdrivers! Also, make sure you've fully tested the hard drive before you decide you need a new one (d'oh)!

Also, if you're replacing the hard drive cable, consider finding some way of gluing the cable back down again just to keep it neat and tidy.

MacBook Pro 13" Unibody (Early 2011-Late 2011) Hard Drive Cable afbeelding
MacBook Pro 13" Unibody (Early 2011-Late 2011) Hard Drive Cable

$44.99

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