Macbook Pro Mid-life Refresh
As I was heading to New Zealand to further my education, I've decided to replace the battery of my Macbook Pro as it was barely holding a charge after a few years of service. After consulting the iFixit guide, I made a decision to upgrade the laptop to speed it up. The parts changed are as followed:
1) 256GB Crucial MX100 SSD to replace the existing HDD
2) 8 GB Corsair ram upgrade (which is now replaced with a pair of 16GB Crucial)
3) Reapplying the thermal paste (Noctua) on the CPU & GPU heatsink
4) And of course, the battery itself
The battery was ordered from iFixit and the rest of the components were acquired from assorted channels.
Instructions were clear-cut. However, the initial parts replacement were delayed due to the lack of a Tri-wing and Torx head screwdriver to remove the screws that was holding down the battery and the logicboard. Every component was disassembled and reassembled without a hitch after the appropriate screwdrivers were acquired.
The guides are extremely accurate. It's really hard to mess up the repair unless you do not follow the instructions to a T.