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    Just a little forewarning for upgrading your own HDD
    What's up friends, I made a thread a couple days ago making mention of my newly minted MacBook Pro! So far, I love it. I am impressed with everything about it so far. It's far and away better than my previous computer (a black macbook 2.16 GHz). Anyways, I upgraded the HDD myself and realized there was a little something missing on the new one.

    You see, the hard drive that comes with the MacBook has these little pegs (4 pegs total):




    And the new hard drive I put in looked something like this:






    Well it didn't take long to realize what those pegs do, they keep your hard drive secure inside the mounting bracket that you unscrew to access it. I'm not totally sure if not having the pegs is a bad thing, but I am pretty sure I didn't feel like finding out the hard way.

    Just a little word of mention for those who may be considering upgrading the hard drives in their own macbooks any time soon. Best of luck to you!

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    Aren't the "pegs" attached to the bracket which has the hard drive enclosed? Removing the bracket from the old hard drive and placing it on the new one is all you should have to do. After the bracket is attached, slide the new hard drive into the enclosure.

    Regards.

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    If it's not a bracket, you should be able to remove the pins ... these hdd's were not made special for apple.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    Aren't the "pegs" attached to the bracket which has the hard drive enclosed? Removing the bracket from the old hard drive and placing it on the new one is all you should have to do. After the bracket is attached, slide the new hard drive into the enclosure.

    Regards.

    Not with these ones. There is only one removable bracket and it's the piece you remove to get the hard drive out. There is no bracket that the hard drive comes enclosed in. From the manual:


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    Yea if you did a little more research you would see that you do have to remove those screws with a t6 torx screwdriver.

    I followed this guide

    YouTube - Guide: How To Swap / Upgrade Hard Drive / HDD and RAM / Memory In A 2009 Apple MacBook Pro 13"

    However I forgot to read that you need a t6 torx screwdriver and I was freaking out as well. I can't believe I missed that in the list of tools. However I got lucky and with a little more elbow grease and some pliers I got all of the screws out of the side and then placed them in the new HD. But yea the new HD don't come with those screws in them, you have to take them out of the old HD and put them in the new HD.

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    Not with these ones. There is only one removable bracket and it's the piece you remove to get the hard drive out. There is no bracket that the hard drive comes enclosed in. From the manual:
    Thanks for the clarification Calijoefornia. Hope the OP reads your reply.

    Regards.

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