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It Lives! Breathing life into a dying MBP by replacing the HDD and SATA cable

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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

One day, just out of the blue the laptop wouldn't boot, and when it did it was unbearably slow.. After quite some troubleshooting I narrowed it down to the I/O with the disk. It was either the HDD or the cable!

I tried to isolate the cable from touching the optical drive by some tape, as advised by someone on Amazon, but that didn't solve the issue. Essentially I decided to replace the cable AND the disk, opting to install a 250G SSD disk instead.

Mijn oplossing

How did the repair go? Smooth.. It's a relatively simple fix. Tiny screws and narrow spaces can be a bit annoying if you have large hands or if your fingers arent all that nimble but it's not a difficult repair by any means.

My only concern was with the adhesive on the cable; it's difficult to place the cable correctly, so I waited with removing the coating on the adhesive. The problem is, when the cable is finally in position, you can't really reach under and remove the tape. So I relied on the SSD to keep the cable in place. Hopefully I wont regret that decision.

Mijn advies

Do your homework: troubleshooting, read up on the fix, make sure you have everything you need BEFORE you start diving in.

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

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