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There are many benefits to adding a second hard drive to your laptop such as improved speeds, greater storage space, and less heartache when installing new software. Use this guide to install one using our optical bay hard drive enclosure.

  1. With the case closed, place the Unibody top-side down on a flat surface.
    • With the case closed, place the Unibody top-side down on a flat surface.

    • Depress the grooved side of the access door release latch enough to grab the free end. Lift the release latch until it is vertical.

  2. The access door should now be raised enough to lift it up and out of the Unibody.
    • The access door should now be raised enough to lift it up and out of the Unibody.

  3. Be sure the access door release latch is vertical before proceeding.
    • Be sure the access door release latch is vertical before proceeding.

    • Grab the white plastic tab and pull the battery up and out of the Unibody.

  4. Remove the following eight screws securing the lower case to the chassis:
    • Remove the following eight screws securing the lower case to the chassis:

    • One 3 mm Phillips screw.

    • Three 13.5 mm Phillips screws.

    • Four 3.5 mm Phillips screws.

  5. Using both hands, lift and remove the lower case off the upper case.
    • Using both hands, lift and remove the lower case off the upper case.

  6. Using the flat end of a spudger, pry the subwoofer connector straight up off the logic board.
    • Using the flat end of a spudger, pry the subwoofer connector straight up off the logic board.

  7. Disconnect the camera cable by pulling the male end straight away from its socket.
    • Disconnect the camera cable by pulling the male end straight away from its socket.

  8. Use a spudger to pry the optical drive connector straight up off the logic board.
    • Use a spudger to pry the optical drive connector straight up off the logic board.

  9. Remove the two Phillips screws securing the subwoofer to the upper case.
    • Remove the two Phillips screws securing the subwoofer to the upper case.

    • The longer of the two screws is on the right.

  10. The subwoofer is still connected to the right speaker, so don't completely remove it just yet.
    • The subwoofer is still connected to the right speaker, so don't completely remove it just yet.

    • Lift the subwoofer off the optical drive, and set it above the computer.

  11. Remove the two Phillips screws securing the camera cable bracket to the upper case.
    • Remove the two Phillips screws securing the camera cable bracket to the upper case.

    • The leftmost screw may remain captive in the camera cable.

  12. Remove the three 2.5 mm Phillips screws securing the optical drive to the upper case.
    • Remove the three 2.5 mm Phillips screws securing the optical drive to the upper case.

  13. Lift the optical drive from its right edge and pull it out of the computer.
    • Lift the optical drive from its right edge and pull it out of the computer.

    • The hard drive cable may become disconnected from the logic board when removing the optical drive. Ensure it is connected during reassembly.

  14. Remove the optical drive cable by pulling it straight away from the optical drive.
    • Remove the optical drive cable by pulling it straight away from the optical drive.

    • This connector is particularly deep, so be sure to pull away from the drive at the center of the connector.

    • If you have a CD or any other object jammed in your optical drive, we have an optical drive repair guide.

  15. Remove the two black Phillips #0 screws securing the small metal mounting bracket. Transfer this bracket to your new optical drive or hard drive enclosure.
    • Remove the two black Phillips #0 screws securing the small metal mounting bracket. Transfer this bracket to your new optical drive or hard drive enclosure.

  16. Remove the plastic spacer from the optical bay hard drive enclosure by pressing in on one of the clips on either side and lifting it up and out of the enclosure. Remove the plastic spacer from the optical bay hard drive enclosure by pressing in on one of the clips on either side and lifting it up and out of the enclosure.
    • Remove the plastic spacer from the optical bay hard drive enclosure by pressing in on one of the clips on either side and lifting it up and out of the enclosure.

  17. Make sure that the hard drive connectors are facing down before placing it into the enclosure. Gently place the hard drive into the enclosure's hard drive slot. While firmly holding the enclosure in place with one hand, use your other hand to press the hard drive into the enclosure connectors.
    • Make sure that the hard drive connectors are facing down before placing it into the enclosure.

    • Gently place the hard drive into the enclosure's hard drive slot.

    • While firmly holding the enclosure in place with one hand, use your other hand to press the hard drive into the enclosure connectors.

  18. Once the hard drive is snug, reinsert the plastic spacer while holding the hard drive against the bottom of the enclosure. Once the hard drive is snug, reinsert the plastic spacer while holding the hard drive against the bottom of the enclosure.
    • Once the hard drive is snug, reinsert the plastic spacer while holding the hard drive against the bottom of the enclosure.

  19. Use two Phillips #1 screws to secure the drive to its enclosure. Use two Phillips #1 screws to secure the drive to its enclosure.
    • Use two Phillips #1 screws to secure the drive to its enclosure.

  20. Attach the optical drive bracket to the new enclosure with two Phillips #0 screws.
    • Attach the optical drive bracket to the new enclosure with two Phillips #0 screws.

    • Reconnect any cables you have removed from the original optical drive onto the optical bay enclosure.

  21. Don't ditch that drive! You can still use your optical drive externally with the help of our SATA Optical Drive USB Cable. Align the cable's SATA connector with the drive's port and plug in securely. Plug the USB connector into your laptop and your optical drive is ready for use.
    • Don't ditch that drive! You can still use your optical drive externally with the help of our SATA Optical Drive USB Cable.

    • Align the cable's SATA connector with the drive's port and plug in securely.

    • Plug the USB connector into your laptop and your optical drive is ready for use.

Conclusão

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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Jake Devincenzi

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Great guide, thank you! Took me 40 minutes to complete. I also cleaned my cooler fan though as i regularly do. I have moderate experience, Took apart my macbook (and other stuff too) several times. Not doing this daily though. Everyone can do this when keeping the basic rules in mind: Take your time and space and use quality tools.

Albert Zweistein - Responder

How do you clean the cooler fan? Anyways, do you need to re-apply thermal paste for the Intel chips to keep it cool?

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