Bringing New Life to an Aging Laptop
Mother's laptop was running slow. Took 15-20 minutes to boot up fully and the HDD ran at 100% during this time. So I wanted to put an SSD in to replace the mechanical drive.
The repair went extremely well. Prying the top of the case apart was extremely easy with the metal spudger. I just had to run it along the edge and it came apart without needing to pry or twist it. Even used it to pop the three ribbon clamps cause the space was too tight to fit my hands without ripping the ribbons. With the magnetic mat I was able to keep all the screws (22 of them) secured without the worry of losing one. I even accidentally dropped a screw into the case, but was able to quickly retrieve it with the magnetic bit.
Overall the swap was extremely easy and I'm glad I have my new iFixit tools.
Be sure you know the migration software you use to migrate the data over. Was really the only hiccup I had with this repair. After you migrate the data UNPLUG the extra drives once the process is done and the computer shut down. Don't know how it happened but leaving them plugged in afterwards the computer couldn't boot into the OS, even after I unplugged them. Not a fault of iFixit but my own naivety towards the software.