How To Upgrade Your Old MacBook Pro Hard Drive To An SSD

If your MacBook Pro is on its last leg you may be able to give it new life by upgrading the hard drive. If you’ve noticed, all newer model MacBooks use SSD’s. The reason for this is because SSD’s are more reliable than the traditional spinning hard drive.


Here is the simple and straightforward way you can upgrade your old MacBook Pro hard drive to an SSD:


Gather All Needed Tools

The first thing you will need to do is make sure you have the right tools for the project. The 5 tools you will need are as follows:

A Tiny screwdriver to open the laptop

A SATA to USB cable (a dock will also work)

A 2.5 inch SATA SSD

A Torx head screwdriver

SuperDuper (for creating a fully bootable backup)

Now that we have all the needed tools lets move on to step 1.


Prepare The SSD

Using the dock or cable connect the SSD to the Macbook. Find “Disk Utility” using spotlight and launch it. The SSD should be located in the left sidebar. Select it and click the “erase” button.

This will format the drive and get it ready for the next step. Now let’s launch SuperDuper so you can backup your system. Be sure to set it to clone your hard drive to the SSD. Choose “backup all files” and then click “copy now”.

Depending on how much stuff you have on your hard drive, it could take up to several hours before everything is copied over to the SSD. Once all files have been backed up you will need to eject the SSD and shutdown the computer.


Remove The Old Hard Drive

Please make sure you have properly shutdown the computer before you start this step.

Flip the MacBook over, grab the Tiny screwdriver and start removing the screws. To avoid misplacing the screws, keep a small container right next you and place the screws in there as you take each one out.

As soon as you take the cover off touch something metal so you can release any static electricity that maystill be flowing through it. Take a soft brush and clean the inside of the Mac.

Take the regular screwdriver and remove the two black screws that are holding the hard drive in place. After removing the bracket gently remove the hard drive. To disconnect the hard drive simply remove the SATA connector.

Remove the four torx screws attached to the hard drive and you will be ready to move on to the third and final step.


Install The SSD

Screw the four torx screws you just removed into the SSD. Attach the SATA ribbon to the SSD and insert the drive. Make sure you are very careful when attaching the SATA ribbon. Re-attach the bracket and close up the back of the computer.

You are now officially done upgrading your hard drive. Now just turn on your computer, give it a few second to get acquainted with the new hardware, and then you may continue using it as usual. You should immediately notice how much faster your system is.