It was a typical Tuesday night. I was watching YouTube, surfing Reddit and relaxing after a long day.
I decided to pause the YouTube video and grab a glass of ice cold water. I filled the glass to the rim and carefully set it down next to my MacBook Pro.
My laptop was running low on power and I needed to charge it. I went to reach for the charging cable and CRASH. I accidentally tipped the glass of full water onto my MacBook’s keyboard. I instantly reacted and ripped out the charging cable. Unfortunately, it was too late and the screen went dim. My Macbook had officially died (R.I.P. 2012 – 2017).
After my laptop was pronounced dead, I decided to take out the solid state drive and try to salvage my files. The solid state drive (SSD) was still functioning and I needed to find a new home for it.
Luckily, my brother also had a 2012 MacBook Pro. His laptop still had the stock hard drive and it was time for an upgrade. I talked to him about the speed benefits of a SSD and he was sold. I quickly gathered my toolkit and was ready to install the Samsung evo 850 250GB SSD into my brother’s laptop.
Upgrading the old hard drive to a solid state drive can have a huge performance impact on an older laptop. The SSD that is featured in this tutorial is a Samsung 850 evo 250GB.
Before installing a new drive into your MacBook please make sure that is compatible. Additionally you are going to want to install the latest version of MacOS on the drive beforehand.
If you are ever replacing a hardware component, it is always a good idea to backup your files. There are many different options for file management, such as cloud storage or an external hard drive to backup your data. I personally use Dropbox to manage all my files.
Power Off Device
The first and most important step is to power off the device. Hold down the power button in the top right corner until the device turns off. Once the device is powered down we can move on to the next step.
Bottom Plate Removal
Next we need to turn over the MacBook and remove the 10 small screws. Be sure to have a small dish to place the screws in after removing them.
Once all of the screws are removed, carefully take off the aluminum backplate and set it aside.
Hard Drive Bracket Removal
Next locate the hard drive in the bottom left corner of the device. The hard drive is held in place by a black metal bracket across the top. Next unscrew the metal bracket and set it aside.
Hard Drive Removal
Once the metal bracket has been removed, we can finally take out the old hard drive. In order to remove the drive simply lift it out of the case. After the drive has been taken out, carefully disconnect the black ribbon cable from the left side of the drive.
Hard Drive Replacement
The last step is to install the new hard drive. First, install the metal footers on the new drive. Next connect the ribbon cable to the new drive. Place the drive back inside of the aluminum case. Lastly reinstall the metal bracket to hold the drive in place.
Once the new drive has been successfully installed, simply screw the backplate on. Now you have successfully changed out the hard drive on your MacBook pro!
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