Saturday, January 26, 2008

How to upgrade the hard disk on your MacBook

If you purchased your Mac with an upgraded hard disk then it will come pre-installed with the hard disk size that you choose. But many of us decide to upgrade after using our Mac for a while and then we want to upgrade the capacity of the hard disk size. The process is extremely easy and I will show you how in 7 steps.

Required items:
  • Coin for unlocking the battery lock
  • A small or precision screwdriver
  • T8 Torx screwdriver
Hard Disk Upgrade:

  1. Turn the MacBook over being cautious not scratch it. You will see a screw in the locked position which you need to unlock by turning the with a small coin such as a penny. Once you unlocked, the battery will come loose.

  2. Carefully pull the battery and set aside.



  3. You will see three small screws which holds a bracket into place. You will need the small or precision screw driver to unscrew the three screws. Unscrew in any order one by one. Be careful to place the screws in a safe place so you don't lose them.

  4. Release the bracket by pulling back from the right side and lifting out from the battery compartment.


  5. Unroll the white tape on the left side of the battery compartment and pull the hard disk bracket from the hard disk bay.


  6. While holding the hard disk bracket use the T8 torx screwdriver to unscrew the screws on both sides of the bracket. This will separate the hard disk from the bracket allowing you to reuse the bracket for the new hard disk.


  7. Now you can attach your new hard disk to the bracket by reusing the screws and re-inserting your hard disk bracket into the hard disk bay.
Once all the steps have been completed, turn on your Mac to ensure that the hard disk is detected. From here you will have to restore your data. Unfortunately, the data recovery procedure is a post in itself which will be written at a later date.

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