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MacBook Pro 13 Unibody Early 2011
MacBook Pro 13" Early 2011 "Unibody"
Memory Install Video
OWC's step-by-step video of how to install memory in the Apple MacBook Pro 13" (Early 2011 "Unibody").
OWC Skill Level: "Easy" | Duration: 4:01 |
Model ID: MacBookPro8,1 (Find your Model ID)
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How to Upgrade/Replace the Memory in a 13" MacBook Pro (Early 2011) OWC Video Transcript Download as PDF (402 KB) Skill Level Easy Time to Complete Approximately 10 Minutes Tools You'll Need
  • Small Phillips Screwdriver
  • Nylon Pry Tool
Before Proceeding Make sure you have an up-to-date backup of your data.
  • Perform upgrade using proper anti-static precautions
  • Discharge static electricity before beginning
  • Work on a static free surface
Part One: Removing the Original Memory
The first step is to close the MacBook Pro and flip it over.
Step 1a
To access the inside of the MacBook Pro there are 10 Phillips screws to remove from the bottom cover.
Step 2
Start with the 3 screws in the upper right which are longer then the other screws.
Step 3a
Then remove the 7 remaining Phillips screws which are much shorter.
Step 4
a. The bottom cover can now be removed. Starting near the hinge edge, simply lift up on the bottom cover and set it aside.
b. The memory is located near the middle of the system.
Step 5 Step 5
First, use a nylon pry tool to carefully disconnect the battery from the logic board.
Step 6 Step 6
a. With the battery disconnected the memory can be safely removed. Simply push out on the two retaining arms until the top module pops up.
b. You can then slide the module straight out of the slot.
Step 7 Step 7 Step 7
Repeat the process for the lower module.
Step 8a Step 8b
Part Two: Installing the New Memory
a. To install the new memory, first line up the notch on one of the memory modules with the pin in the memory slot. Then slide the module into the lower slot until it is fully seated.
b. Finally, push down on the module until it clicks into place.
Step 9a Step 9a Step 9a Step 9a
With the lower memory module installed, repeat the process with the top module.
Step 10a Step 10b
Finally, reconnect the battery by gently pushing its connector back into its socket.
Step 11
Once the battery is connected, set the bottom cover back into place.
Step 12a
Using a Phillips screwdriver, secure the bottom cover starting with the 3 longer screws in the upper right.
Step 13a
Then, replace the remaining 7 Phillips screws.
Step 14a
Once the bottom cover is secure, the MacBook Pro can be flipped over and powered on.
The installation is now complete!
Step 15a Step 15a

Thank you for choosing OWC as your upgrade provider. For additional assistance with this upgrade, please contact our award-winning technical support team, available 24x7.
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