HDD upgrade question

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by dukebound85, Sep 6, 2011.

  1. dukebound85 macrumors P6

    dukebound85

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    Is it really necessary to disconnect the battery plug when upgrading ones hdd? All the ifixit guides say to do that but is it really needed?
     
  2. Saberon macrumors 6502a

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    I didn't unplug it and everything was ok. Just make sure you're careful and go slow.
     
  3. killerrobot macrumors 68020

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    It's a safety precaution to help prevent electrical shock. So if it's necessary or not depends on how careful you are;)
     
  4. beige matchbox macrumors 6502a

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    It's not a safely precaution for the human, rather safety for the laptop.

    There is nothing I can think of in a modern LED backlit laptop that would shock you, on older laptops if you got hold of the backlight inverter while the capacitors still had a charge it might make you jump, but thats about it.
    The main reason to disconnect all power is if you drop your screw driver, or even a screw and short a power pin to something sensitive you could take out your laptop...

    It's well worth pulling the battery connector, takes a few seconds and makes it a much safer operation.
     
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