Help Needed: unable to disconnect battery on mid-2015 mbp

StrollerEd

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THave started process to upgrade SSD, having backed up, cloned onto new SSD etc, and opened the back. Do not seem able to disconnect battery - looks like easy in the videos!!

Should I try harder to remove - I’ve gone beyond gentle already - or risk proceeding to remove existing SSD without disconnecting battery?

As noted, this is mid2015 mbp 15”
 

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StrollerEd

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Also, see photos attached. A fair amount of dust ... so that is something I can remedy whilst waiting
[doublepost=1561545416][/doublepost]And no, this model is not in the list being recalled
[doublepost=1561545597][/doublepost]I wonder, is the battery soldered on? I saw a video which claimed to be upgrading SSD using a mid-2015 MBP & he just ‘gently opened’ -
 

smbu2000

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Are you just unplugging the battery? If so then you just have to pry up the connector and it will be unplugged. It may be a bit difficult, but pry it up from the sides. I usually just lift up one side a little and then the other side a little and switch back and forth. It should come unplugged.

See step 5 here:
https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/MacBook+Pro+15-Inch+Retina+Display+Mid+2015+Battery+Replacement/89284

Personally, I never bothered to unplug the battery when swapping ssd blades in and out of the rMBPs. Never had a problem.
 
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StrollerEd

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Personally, I never bothered to unplug the battery when swapping ssd blades in and out of the rMBPs. Never had a problem.
I was bold and just went ahead and swapped in the new SSD ;)

Have now successfully booted under its management :)

Thanks for lending me courage ...
 
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StrollerEd

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First bit of feedback is that the fan was noisy at first. That seems to have stopped for a while now.

Will see whether this Transcend 960GB ssd runs hotter than then factory Samsung 256GB one ...
 

Fishrrman

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As the OP discovered, if the battery proves "difficult to disconnect", and all you're going to do is change out the drive, just ... leave the battery alone and do it.