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How To Replace HDD With SSD Flash Drive?

If you are here, then you must be a proud owner of a MacBook Pro be it 13”, 15” or 17”. You must also know that the HDD that comes along with the MacBook Pro can be replaced with the latest SSD flash memory and word around the corner is that the SSD flash memory will help considerably in performance. With the help of the SSD flash memory, you will be able to start your MacBook much faster and load applications faster than before! What you will need to get your SSD installed on your computer are: Cash for the SSD, screwdriver, careful hands, MacBook Pro and this article. This article is a guide that will help you know how to change from HDD to SDD in any MacBook Pro 2011.

Apple recommends that you have an Apple-certified technician install the replacement drives because if we damage any component by mistake, the damage will not be covered by the limited warranty. But if you think you can be careful enough, go ahead with it. Also with this detailed explanation on how to install the SSD, I don’t think there will be much of a problem.

Before we start, here is some technical information that you should know about or follow. It is mandatory that the replacement drive must be a 2.5 inch drive with a Serial ATA (SATA) connector and make an estimate on how much storage memory you would require and buy the SSD based on that because an SSD flash drive is quite expensive. I would recommend that you upload all of your media files on an external hard drive and before installing the SSD flash drive you must back up all the data.

To Replace the HDD with an SSD in your MacBook Pro 2011

  1. The first things that you should do are shut down the notebook and remove any cable that is connected to your MacBook Pro. Let it cool for about 10 minutes as the components inside the computer could be warm.
  2. At the backside of your MacBook Pro, there are 10 screws that hold it together. Remove these 10 screws, lift off the case and place the case and the screws together so that you don’t mix them up with the other screws that you will be removing. You must also note that the internal components are sensitive and can be affected by static electricity, so before touching the hard drive assembly, touch any metal surface inside the computer so that any static electricity is discharged.
  3. On the top side of the open backside, you will find a bracket. By using a Phillips screwdriver, loosen the two screws that hold the bracket captive. Keep aside the bracket in a safe place in a tissue.
  4. Carefully tilt up the HDD by using the pull tab and gently remove the HDD. But you must remember that you should hold the drive by its sides only.
  5. Disconnect the drive from the notebook by gently removing the connector which can be found on the left side. The connector is then attached to a cable and then let it kept in the HDD bay. Remove the mounting screws from the sides of the HDD if your new SSD flash drive doesn’t have.
  6. Once you keep the HDD in a safe location, take the SSD flash drive and plug the connector (which was earlier removed from the HDD) into the slot available in the left side of the flash drive.
  7. Insert the SSD flash drive onto the HDD bay, tighten the mounting screws, tighten the bracket screws, place the cover, tighten the screws there also and you are good to go.

Now all you will have to do is install the OS and then enjoy the benefits of having an SSD flash drive!

 

 

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