UK - where to buy a decent 15" 2012 cMBP SATA cable?

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  1. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

    keysofanxiety

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    Hi guys,

    So I think the SATA cable on my trusty MBP is on its way out. I know eBay have a lot but in my experience they're not going to be good and certainly not going to be genuine, despite what the listing says.

    I could go iFixit but then that's an arm and a leg for the part and then about the same for shipping alone.

    I'd go Apple for a genuine part, but then they'd slap on an 85 quid labour charge for a 2 minute job and wouldn't just sell me the part to do it myself.

    Does anybody in the UK have a good suggestion for where to buy a decent SATA cable for the 15" cMBP, or even a reliable parts seller on eBay? There's so much choice and I don't want to make the wrong one.

    Thanks!
     
  2. keysofanxiety thread starter macrumors 604

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  3. elf69 macrumors 68020

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    no problem, we use them at work for parts.

    glad this newbie can be of assistance to one of the "gods" in here.
     
  4. Audit13 macrumors 68000

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    I just use 3rd party cables from Amazon. I have purchased 6 cables for various MBPs and none have failed over the past 2 years.
     
  5. elf69 macrumors 68020

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    I did not know personally there was 3rd party internal sata/IR cables for these machines
     
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    Audit13 macrumors 68000

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    AFAIK, you can only get OEM Apple cables from an authorized Apple dealer, Apple store, or Apple repair centre; however, these places are not allowed to sell the cable without installing it into the customer's machine.
     
  7. elf69 macrumors 68020

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    yeah I got thru the bookyard as is genuine apple parts both new and used.

    not sure how they sell without fitting then with getting the wrath of apple on them.
     
  8. Audit13 macrumors 68000

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    The backyard doesn't appear to be an authorized Apple reseller and their parts appear to be used rather than new. This is probably why the can do this.

    Forgot to mention that I only replaced the sata cable since the IR header detaches from the cable.
     
  9. elf69 macrumors 68020

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    they sell new ones too.

    £22 plus vat for the 2012 sata/ir cable, new.

    we use them at work and get trade discount (which is not much off the prices)
    however we do not see many apples for repair in our workshop
     
  10. Audit13 macrumors 68000

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    I'm not sure how it works in the UK but, in Canada, there would be no warranty from Apple Canada since the cable was not installed by an authorized Apple service centre.
     
  11. slam5 macrumors newbie

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    Those eBay cables are fine. These ain’t rocket science.
     

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