How to repair the hard drive of your MacBook Pro

Are you looking to repair your MacBook hard drive or replace it with a new one? Removing the hard drive from a MacBook Pro is one of the easiest maintenance tasks you can perform, and you can remove the hard drive in just a couple of minutes.

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  1. What to do to repair my macbook hard drive or change it?
  2. How to Repair a Disk with Disk Utility on a MacBook
  3. What other actions can you perform with Disk Utility?
    1. How to change the hard drive of a MacBook?
    2. Installing a New Hard Drive

What to do to repair my macbook hard drive or change it?

If you have been with your MacBook for a long time, surely you have had one or two problems with this equipment. The most common is that several applications crash, that a file is damaged or that the computer simply does not start . This can be  caused by a damaged or corrupted hard drive .

We will review the different options you have to try to repair the hard drive on your Macbook and in case you cannot do it, we will show you how you can change it.

How to Repair a Disk with Disk Utility on a MacBook

Despite all the good fame that Apple products have, they can still come with factory defects or generate inconveniences as such. But luckily there is a tool called disk utility with which we can manage the contents of internal drives and other external storage devices.

How to Repair a Hard Drive with Disk Utility on MacBook

The first thing we should try when we detect a problem with the hard drive is to try to repair the disk with the disk utility tool on our MacBook. To achieve this, you just have to follow the steps that we show you below:

  • First of all you have to select the “Disk Utility” option in the “Mac Utilities” window. To carry out this step quickly you have to open the spotlight and type “utilities”
  • Then you will see that a popup window opens with the disk utility and there you have to click on the disk that you need to fix.
  • Later you must select the diskthat is in the list on the left and then select the first tab called “First aid”
  • Now, you must click on the “Repair Disk”option that appears in the window that appeared previously. In this way you will have finished the procedure to repair the desired disk or partition.
  • In the case that the disk utility cannot repair the disk error, you should do the following.
  • First you have to make a backup copyof all the information that you do not want to lose. Then you must follow the instructions that appear in the option “Restore, repair or reinstall Mac OS X software”.
  • In case this is not enough you have to open the Disk Utility part of MacBook. This option is located in the launchpad’s utilities folder. Now to finish, click on “Help” and then on “Disk Utility Help”

Upon completion of these steps you should be able to successfully repair a disk with Disk Utility on a MacBook.

What other actions can you perform with Disk Utility?

  • You can organize the data on your internal drives by defragmenting them . To do this we must format each of the partitionsproperly and then they will appear as a separate volume. In this way we can better distribute the information stored on our equipment.
  • On the other hand, you can create a disk image, that is, a file that gives you the possibility of passing information from one computer to another. In turn, you can also make and store backup copies of important information.
  • Also Disk Utility allows you to find errors in the respectivestorage devices in order to correct them.
  • It gives you the opportunity to merge many hard drives into aRAID group that serves as a single independent drive.
  • It allows you to format external disks that have reading problems, are not recognized or are damaged.

How to change the hard drive of a MacBook?

How to Change the Hard Drive of your MacBook

  • Shut down the MacBook.
  • Remove the cordfrom the power adapter.
  • Shut down the Mac before opening the panel, or you risk shorting out its components.
  • Turn the MacBookover on a work surface.
  • This will access the back panel of the MacBook.
  • Place it on a table or workbench that gives you easy access without having to bend over.
  • Remove the ten screwsthat hold the back panel. These run along the edges of the bottom panel. The exact location of these screws varies by model, but there are always ten.
  • Lift the bottom panel.
  • Place your fingers in the space between the vent and the lower case and lift the panel up.
  • You’ll release two clips that secure the panel as you do this.
  • Disconnect the battery connector.
  • This connector provides power to the logic board and must be disconnected before proceeding to prevent a component short. It’s black and is located along the edge of the logic board, and is the largest connector attached.
  • Be sure to pull the connector out so as not to damage the connection.
  • If there is a tab attached to the battery connector, use it to pry it out of the socket.
  • If there is no tab attached, you can use a spudger or cocktail picker to pry the connector out.
  • Locate the hard drive. The hard drive is rectangular and will be located in one of the corners.
  • Most hard drives have labels indicating their storage and speed. Check the label if you are not sure. Many hard drives have exposed shiny metal, though not all do.
  • Remove the screws holding the drive.
  • There will be two small Phillips screws that secure the hard drive in place. These two screws run along one edge of the hard drive and must be removed to free the drive. The screws will remain attached to the bracket that holds the drive in place.
  • Lift the bracket out.
  • Once you’ve loosened the screws, you can pull the bracket they’re attached to straight out of the box.
  • Pull the tab sticking out from under the drive.
  • Gently pull the tab to remove the hard drivefrom the casing. Don’t pull it all the way out as there is still a wire attached underneath. If there is no tab attached, you can use your fingers to gently lift the drive up.
  • Disconnect the hard drive.
  • Grasp both sides of the connector attached to the top of the hard drive.
  • Take it directly from the hard drive. It may be well connected, so “pop out” the connectorby gently pulling on alternate sides of the connector.
  • Pull the hard drive completely out of the MacBook so that you can access the screws on the sides of the drive.
  • Remove the hard drive screws. The hard drive will have four Torx T6 screws, two on each side. These are used to secure the drive in the bay.

Installing a New Hard Drive

  • Screw the fourTorx screws into the drive. Install the four Torx screws into the same holes they came out of on the old drive. Hand-tighten, but do not over-tighten as this may damage the hard drive cage.
  • Connect the hard drive cable.
  • Insert the large hard drive connectordirectly into the slot at the top. It can only go one way. Make sure the connector is secure and fully inserted.
  • Place the hard drive in the bay. Gently rest the hard drive in the bay, making sure it is aligned correctly. The Torx screws on each side should fit into the slots that hold the hard drive in place.
  • Secure the support.
  • Reinsert the bracket on the side of the drive and secure it with the two screws.
  • Again, hand-tightenbut do not over-tighten the screws.
  • Connect the battery.
  • Reconnect the battery connectorto the logic board.
  • Be sure not to touch any of the circuitry, especially after reinserting the connector.
  • Close the case.
  • Replace the back paneland secure it with the ten screws.
  • Make sure the back panel has snapped into place.





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