Unibody Sata connector cable needed - advise?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by nightfly13, Jul 3, 2009.

  1. nightfly13 macrumors 6502a

    nightfly13

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    So I was swapping some hard drives around in my 12-hour old 15" June Unibody MBP and apparently I broke the hard drive cable. More like I tore 3/4s than broke it. Thankfully I was installing a SSD into the optical drive so I'm still up and running, I just don't have the stock HDD in there as a data drive.

    I saw something on eBay for around $50 - I'll have to open the MBP back up and see precisely what the cable looks like - I'm wondering if there's a store that'll have the piece I require? I'd prefer to not take it to an Apple store and have them void my warranty because the HDD isn't user-serviceable part.

    Input/help appreciate!
     
  2. MacModMachine macrumors 68020

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    http://www.ifixit.com/MacBook-Parts/MacBook-Pro-15-Inch-Unibody-Hard-Drive-Cable/IF161-015

    order from these guys....they rock!

    that cable will not work for your's i think you need the newer one. call them they should have it for you.


    good luck!
     
  3. nightfly13 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    nightfly13

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    Thanks that's the site I'd been thinking of but forgot the URl. So when I called they confirmed they don't have any parts for the new ones in stock. Estimated 'more than a couple months'.

    Any other thoughts?
     
  4. nightfly13 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    nightfly13

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    Just to update for posterity, no one has this piece online, went to a physical Apple Store and the guy basically said he'd help me out - ordered the piece (store didn't have it in stock) and said they'd waive the labor ($130) and just charge me $30 - but I had to come back once they got it in stock.

    I need to reconfigure everything back to the factory status (remove my SSD in optical bay etc) and they'll leave my warranty alone - so that's good.

    I probably could have done this with a closer Apple reseller, but they would have charged me for labor. No way to order the cable and install it myself - for some reason he thought it would be a couple years before it was sold for third parties. Weird, but perhaps consistent with the fact that ifixit.com only has 'used' ones - presumably pulled from defunct systems.
     
  5. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Glad to hear you got it sorted out; sounds like you found the right person at the Apple Store to talk to. If only everyone's experience went so well...
     

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