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My daughter's 13" MacBook Pro from 2010 was not responding as quickly as usual and we began to hear a series of clicks. From past experience, I recognized that this was likely a failing hard drive issue and we backed up her data to an external and I made calls to determine the best route to repair. Local shops quoted anywhere from $200-450 for this repair which I could not rationalize given the cost of a replacement computer wasn't much more than that. I proceeded to research online and stumbled across the ifixit videos on YouTube. Intrigued, I decided this might be something I could do myself with the proper tools and guidance.
Initially I was going to order a replacement drive and tools through a shopping site but I soon realized there was not much of a difference in price between purchasing it through ifixit.com and the miscellaneous sellers. I decided to go with ifixit.com and ordered the replacement kit. It arrived a few days later and that evening I cloned my daughter's 250GB drive to the new 1TB hybrid drive(following the simple directions from an ifixit.com video about data transfer using Super Duper). The next day I decided to tackle to actual physical replacement. Reviewing the video once more and following the step-by-step guide from the ifixit.com site, I managed to successfully replace the hard drive and have my daughter up and running in under twenty minutes! The tools were perfectly suited to the task and it was a really fulfilling experience to successfully take care of the problem myself (with sufficient guidance). Not that I want more of our computers to fail anytime soon, but, thanks to ifixit.com, I am now looking forward to the next replacement/upgrade! Thank you for making what may have been a daunting experience so positive with such clear and accessible instructions and materials. Unfortunately, in all my excitement I forgot to take pictures of the actual repair! Good to note, the repair kit includes a rubber case for the hard drive that connects via USB. This and the tools can be reused for future projects.
My main advice would be that for most people, a repair of this sort no longer mandates a visit to the repair shop or Genius Bar. With reasonable dexterity (the screws are very small) and patience, you can upgrade your hard drive for a fraction of the cost of a service call. My daughter's computer now runs as fast or faster than any of the newer computers in our home. Ifixit.com provides clear guidance and quality products. Very highly recommended.