Hard Drive

Before you continue, remove the following:

  • Speaker Grill
  • Keyboard

Note: For this procedure it is not necessary to remove the heatsink or disconnect the keyboard cable.

1 Remove the 2 screws from the hard drive shield

2 Insert a flat-blade screwdriver into the small depression on the top case and pry the shielded drive up. Fold the drive onto the top case.

Caution: Pull the cable straight off to prevent damage to the pins. Handle the cable carefully; if the cable is damaged, you will need to remove the logic board in order to replace it. (See "Hard Drive Cable.")

3 Grasp the cable strap and disconnect the cable from the hard drive.

Shield

Hard Drive

Shield

Note:

  • Remove the shield only if you are returning a defective drive to Apple.
  • The shield screws look similar to the drive screws; however, they are different so keep them separate.

4 Remove the 4 screws from the shield.

5 Pull the hard drive out from the shield.

6 Install the shield on the replacement drive.

Lip on Shield

Groove in Top Case

Lip on Shield

Groove in Top Case

Replacement Notes:

  • With its shield side up, place the hard drive on the edge of the top case. Install the cable, making sure the pins go in straight.
  • After connecting the cable, turn the drive over. Fold the cable in and then firmly push the small lip of the shield into the groove on the top case.

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