What tools do I need to open up my MacBook pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by basketball762, Aug 28, 2011.

  1. basketball762 macrumors regular

    Mar 20, 2009
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    I am wondering what specific tools do I need to open up my MacBook Pro Late 2011 model to install a ssd and, removing my optical drive and placing an Optical Bay to replace it. I don't know what specific tools I need to buy to do all of this. I am going to my local home depot and just purchase these tools. Thanks a lot in advance for your help!
  2. WardC macrumors 68030


    Oct 17, 2007
    Fort Worth, TX
    You need a very tiny Phillips 00 screwdriver. You need to remove all the bottom panel screws and one small bracket piece inside inside that holds the HD down.
  3. SangYuP macrumors newbie

    Aug 27, 2011
    I'm not sure about the optical bay, but if you want to replace your standard HDD with SSD, you will also need a small torx (star shaped) bit to remove the 4mounting screws. I'm sorry I don't know the bit size you need.
  4. thinkinblue613 macrumors 6502


    Dec 13, 2010
    Planet Earth
    Go to your local home improvement store, and ask for the smallest screwdrivers. Find the ones that are magnetic and come in a bunch of different heads. They look like fat pens.
  5. -tWv- macrumors 68000


    May 11, 2009
    I got two sets of Kobalt screwdrivers to open up my MBP from Lowes. I got a set of Torx screwdrivers and also a set of Phillips ones that have flatheads on the other side. These come with 4 interchangeable bits.

    They will look like this, but that isn't the exact one I bought.
  6. DWBurke811 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2011
    Boca Raton, FL
    #00 phillips and a torx t6. i tried lowes and the smallest they had was #0, went to radio shack and got a 20 piece kit with both for like $15.


    works great. just used it a few days ago to change my HD to a SSD, waiting for my RAM to get here, and debating going the optibay route(first if i want to do it, then if i want a HD or SSD in it)

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