Importance of the EMI shield

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by HazySkies, Oct 21, 2010.

  1. HazySkies macrumors newbie

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    Hi all,

    I installed a new internal hard drive in my 13-inch macbook a couple of months back, and like the fool that I am, forgot to take the EMI shield off the old drive and fit it on the new one. The new drive (a 320GB 7200RPM Hitachi) went in no problem without the shield, and everything has been running smoothly since then, but should I expect any long term problems from this? (Other than not being able to get this disk out if I ever need to upgrade again :eek:)

    Cheers.
     
  2. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    Which EMI shield are you talking about? The frame/bracket around the hard drive with the white plastic pull tab?

    If that's what you are talking about, there isn't anything to really worry about but, if it were me, I'd put it back because I'm a bit anal when it comes to these things.

    Since you don't have the tab to pull to remove your current drive, you're going to have to remove the keyboard to gain access. It's not all too difficult. Just make sure you have a #00 philips screw driver.
     
  3. HazySkies thread starter macrumors newbie

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  4. eman macrumors 6502a

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    The EMI shield also keeps the HD from shorting out against the metal keyboard.
     
  5. HazySkies thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Do you know if there is much chance of that happening in practice?
     
  6. pastrychef macrumors 601

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  7. index1489 macrumors member

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    dude its not that hard to pull the drive back out, put the shield and tab back on there.
     

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