Forgot to put sled in macbook; need to replace hard drive.

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Brammy, Apr 8, 2009.

  1. Brammy macrumors 65832

    Sep 17, 2008
    Ok, a few years ago when I swapped the drive in my Macbook, I wasn't thinking and forgot to put the sled back on. Since nature abhors vacuums and empty hard drive space, I want to replace the drive again.

    What's the easiest way to get the drive back out?
  2. ddeadserious macrumors 6502a


    Jul 28, 2008
    Plymouth, MI
    I just used my knife and was able to get enough leverage to "pry" it out. I'd imagine a flat plastic object would be safe and effective.
  3. mmulin macrumors 6502

    Jun 22, 2006
    Use some kind of pincer or what once worked for me in a similar situation, albeit not on a MacBook, using a small screw driver and carefully pushing the drive left and right until it loosens and comes out a bit so you can hook the screw driver into one of the bodywork and pry it out that way. Last resort: case disassembly.
  4. DannySmurf macrumors 6502a

    Jul 7, 2005
    Just as an addendum: next time, don't forget the sled.

    Rule of thumb: When you take a computer apart and put it back together... if you have left over pieces, you're not finished.
  5. aznguyen316 macrumors 68020


    Oct 1, 2008
    Tampa, FL
    lol yes. Wonder how that happened though.
  6. UltraNEO* macrumors 601


    Jun 16, 2007
    Get some sticky tape, the type you use to tape up large cartons and boxes.. Use something flat like a credit card to help guide the tape into place.. then simply pull out the whole unit. If it fails the first time, try again...

    p.s. Ducktape is good for this..

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