Resolved 2011 13" macbook pro upgrading HDD, RAM

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by dhlee528, Mar 16, 2011.

  1. dhlee528, Mar 16, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2011

    dhlee528 macrumors member

    Aug 11, 2010
    how is it to upgrade HDD and RAM?

    I looked at but they only have 2010 macbook pro

    also, do I need special driver to open new macbook pro?

  2. Mik3F macrumors 6502

    Feb 3, 2011
    very straight forward. Philips 00 screwdriver is what you need to remove the bottom plate
  3. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    The guide for the 2010 will work the exact same way for the 2011, internals are all in the same place.
  4. dhlee528 thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 11, 2010
  5. davidlv macrumors 65816

    Apr 5, 2009
    Kyoto, Japan
    That's right, the #00 Philips head screwdriver will work fine for the screws on the bottom (make sure you replace them in the same locations they were in, and be careful as they are tiny and prone to escaping onto the floor, hiding under tables, etc.) and for the retaining bracket.
    You will also need a Torx #6 to remove the lugs on the side of the HD, which hold the HD in the retaining slots/holes. (I didn't have one the first time I tried this and managed to get them off using a pair of needle nose pliers, but that was really so much hassle compared to using the right tool!
    Be careful not to strain the ribbon cable connecting the HD and you should be fine.:cool:
  6. 4phun macrumors member

    Dec 24, 2007
    OWC Install Videos / MacBook Pro 13" Early 2011 "Unibody"

    I just viewed several videos from that add several important details.

    The biggest is you should remove the battery connector from the mainvboard with a nylon pry tool before beginning the 2011 13" upgrade. That differs from their previous upgrade videos for last year.

    Another point not mentioned there but in another video of theirs is the 7 Unibody MBP short screws are installed at an angle not straight down.

    Lots of other useful information on their web site. Be careful, many other sites in a Google search hijack your Macsales query and send you to the wrong web sites. BAD GOOGLE and its ties to other greedy knock offs!

    OWC Install Videos / MacBook Pro 13" Early 2011 "Unibody" / Hard Drive / High

    Lots of other DYI videos at that OWC web site for 2011 MacBook Pros, 2011 iMacs, and older stuff.

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