Upgrading hard drive new 2011 MBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Cumulus32, Mar 8, 2011.

  1. Cumulus32 macrumors newbie

    Mar 12, 2010
    Is it easy? Any special tools besides a small philips? I was told by Apple it was not replaceable, and even the Genius Bar would not update it.
  2. stridemat Moderator


    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    Im not sure about the internals of the new MacBooks, but it should be possible. You will need a Torx screwdriver though.
  3. iZero macrumors regular

    Mar 8, 2011
    Can't look just this second as I am not at home but... The 2010 MBP's not only were upgradeable, they had instructions on how to do it in the owner's manual, and it didn't void your warranty to do so As long as you didn't mess anything up inside, of course. I'm pretty sure the 2011's are the same, didn't even think to look. You can certainly upgrade it, anyone that told you that you can't was misinformed. It may no longer be supported by warranty/instruction book though I guess, I'll look later.
  4. bilbo--baggins macrumors 6502a

    Jan 6, 2006
    It is in the manual for the 2011 mbp (13 and 15) for hard drive and ram. It recommends a qualified technician does it, and says that any damage caused by the installation isn't covered by warranty. Quite fair I think.
  5. johnnyturbouk macrumors 68000


    Feb 9, 2011
    on the yellow [oled] brick road to tech nirvana.
  6. JodyK macrumors 6502a


    Jan 29, 2010
    Northern Atlanta suburbs
    It's so easy a Windows user could do it!

    Seriously it is super easy ... don't be intimidated at all once you see all the boards and internals of the computer.
  7. HBOC macrumors 68020

    Oct 14, 2008
    i used a small eyeglass phillips screwdriver and works perfectly! I think there are 10 screw on the bottom, and then 2 slightly larger on the HDD "retaining clip". Really easy
  8. zenio, Mar 8, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2011

    zenio macrumors 6502

    Feb 2, 2011
    It's just a computer. I put an SSD & ram in mine. No big deal. A bit different than my 2010 which is to be expected. The time consuming messy part was removing the globs of excessive thermal paste, doing the clean up, and applying a small thin coat of higher quality paste. The "computer in a kit" thing Apple sells is getting old. They ought to be able to get it right after years.

    Oh well, it's fast cool & quiet now, even if it did add substantially to the cost. I expected an obscene total anyway. Experience teaches you that. It's an Apple.

    Here's a link to another users guide

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