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MacBook Pro 15 Unibody Mid 2009
MacBook Pro 15" Mid 2009 "Unibody"
Hard Drive/SSD Install Video
OWC's step-by-step video of how to install a hard drive or SSD in the Apple MacBook Pro 15" (Mid 2009 "Unibody").
OWC Skill Level: "Easy" | Duration: 4:52 |
Model ID: MacBookPro5,3 & MacBookPro5,4 (Find your Model ID)
Helpful Tips:
  • While this video illustrates how to install a hard drive into the main drive bay, the procedure for installing a Solid State Drive (SSD) is exactly the same.
    Should you wish to add a second hard drive or SSD to your MacBook or MacBook Pro by replacing the factory optical drive,
    you can do so with the OWC Data Doubler.
  • Cloning Your Data to A New Hard Drive in Mac OSX
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How to Upgrade/Replace the Hard Drive in a 15" MacBook Pro (Mid 2009) OWC Video Transcript Download as PDF (size here) Skill Level Easy Time to Complete Approximately 10 Minutes Tools You'll Need
  • Small Phillips Screwdriver
  • Torx T6 Screwdriver
Before Proceeding Make sure you have an up-to-date backup of your data.
Caution CAUTION
  • Perform upgrade using proper anti-static precautions
  • Discharge static electricity before beginning
  • Work on a static free surface
Part One: Removing the Original Drive
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The first step is to close the MacBook Pro and flip it over.
15 Inch Macbook Pro 2009 HD Upgrade Step 1
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To access the inside of the MacBook Pro there are 10 Phillips screws to remove from the bottom cover.
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Start by removing the 3 screws in the upper right which are longer then the other screws.
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Then remove the shorter Phillips screw in the upper left.
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Finally, remove the remaining 6 screws which are also shorter.
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The bottom cover can now be removed. Starting near the hinge edge, simply lift up on the bottom cover and set it aside.
The hard drive is located in the lower left corner.
 15 Inch Macbook Pro 2009 HD Upgrade Step 6a 15 Inch Macbook Pro 2009 HD Upgrade Step 6b
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To remove the drive, first loosen the 2 Phillips screws holding the retainer bar in place.
Then lift the retainer bar free and set it aside.
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Next, pull the drive out of the bay by lifting up on the pull tab.
You can then unplug the SATA connector from the drive and remove the drive from the system.
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Using a Torx T6 screwdriver, remove and set aside the 4 mounting pins from the original drive. There are 2 pins on either side.
15 Inch Macbook Pro 2009 HD Upgrade Step 9
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Next, carefully peel off the pull tab from the original drive, then set the tab and drive aside.
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Part Two: Installing the New Hard Drive
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The new drive can now be prepped for installation. First, attach the pull tab to the new hard drive in roughly the same spot as on the original drive.
NOTE: There should be enough residual adhesive to allow the pull tab to stick.
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Next, use a Torx T6 screwdriver to attach the 4 mounting pins to the new drive in the same spots as the original drive.
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The new drive can now be installed. Start by connecting the SATA cable.
Then slide the drive into place making sure that it lays flat within the drive bay.
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Next, replace the retainer bar and tighten the 2 Phillips screws that hold it in place.
15 Inch Macbook Pro 2009 HD Upgrade Step 14a 15 Inch Macbook Pro 2009 HD Upgrade Step 14b
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Replace the bottom cover and gently push down on the center to engage the internal clips.
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Using a Phillips screwdriver, secure the bottom cover starting with the 3 longest screws in the upper right.
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Then, the shorter Phillips screw in the upper left.
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Now replace the remaining 6 Phillips screws. Please note that these 6 screws go in at a slight angle.
15 Inch Macbook Pro 2009 HD Upgrade Step 18a 15 Inch Macbook Pro 2009 HD Upgrade Step 18b
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With the bottom cover secure, the MacBook Pro can be flipped over and powered on.
The installation is now complete!
*Now you can begin formatting the new drive, along with transferring your data and OS over. Please visit www.macsales.com/data-transfer for more details.
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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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