Pentalobe Screwdriver Mid 2009 HDD Removal - Simple answer needed!!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by filteration, Jul 19, 2011.

  1. filteration macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2011
    Hi all,

    First post here - Thanks for taking time to read my post and offer any help.

    I need to change my HDD in my mid 2009 MBP 15" and am aware that Apple have used pentalobe screws to hold the hdd in place.

    I have a pentalobe screwdriver ordered on ebay under the listing '5-POINT STAR PENTALOBE TORX SCREWDRIVER FOR IPHONE 4 4G' having been advised by a friend that it is the driver i would need.

    However I have since read that the pentalobe screws used on the iphone 4 are smaller than the screws used in the Macbook Pro so...

    My question is this - do i need to order another screwdriver for the job or will the pentalobe screwdriver suffice?

    Once again many thanks and i will endeavour to contribute to this community in the future as I appreciate you taking time to read my question.
  2. fibrizo macrumors 6502


    Jan 23, 2009
    You don't need a pentalobe screwdriver for the HD, you need a standard torx screwdriver (6 points), Getting the the HD requires a phillips and a standard torx screwdriver... I forget the exact sizes at the moment. The pentalobe is only for opening the new macbook air and iphones
  3. filteration thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2011
    Hi thanks for your help however I'm confused as the apple manual for mid 2009 MBP's says you need a Phillips, fibrizo says 6 point torx, ifixit says 5 point torx plus...

    I need to use my laptop (With freshly installed hdd) for my job this weekend and so in order to have it ready i need to order the appropriate screwdriver tomorrow for next day delivery so I need to be sure!!
  4. filteration thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2011
    P.S I'm based in Uk and it's a MacBookPro5,4 if that makes any difference?
  5. gorskiegangsta macrumors 65816


    Mar 13, 2011
    Brooklyn, NY
    You will need Torx T6 [​IMG]to remove the hard drive from its brackets.

    This kit should have all the necessary bits.
  6. davidlv macrumors 65816

    Apr 5, 2009
    Kyoto, Japan
    Need a #00 Philips head for the screws on the back of the laptop, and the retainer bracket inside near the HD bay. Be careful with the screws on the back, they are small, 3 are a bit longer, some go in at a slight angle.

    The #6 Torx screwdriver is for the lugs on the side of the HD, but you can make do with a pair of needle nose pliers if you have to, not pleasant but it can be done.

    Be careful not to stress the SATA cable when you change the HD.

    Good luck. It is actually quite easy.
  7. apd macrumors member

    Mar 8, 2011
    If you're in the UK and need the right Torx - go to Maplin, who sell quite a cheap Torx drivers kit.
  8. filteration thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2011
    thanks for your help everyone! Going to maplin now apd!
  9. Buckles macrumors newbie

    Oct 13, 2011

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