【Summary】Mac HDD / SSD replacement

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Updated : Sep 24, 2021

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I will explain in detail the procedure for replacing (replacement) the internal HDD / SSD of Mac with photos for each model.

Macs up to the first half of the 2010s can be replaced relatively easily, so if you want to replace it with a large-capacity HDD or speed up the processing speed with an SSD, try that.

 

① How to replace HDD /SSD in MacBook

MacBook ポリカ・ユニボディ

For MacBooks from 2006 to 2010, HDD / SSD can be replaced relatively easily.

You can jump to the article that explains the specific procedure by clicking the “Article of procedure explanation” link below.

Models How to
distinguish
Article of
procedure explanation
【a) Mid 2006 〜 Mid 2009】
  • The body is
    made of white
    polycarbonate
  • The battery
    can be removed
    by turning
    the body over

 

【b) Late 2008 Aluminum】
  • The body is
    made of aluminum
【c) Late 2009、Mid 2010】
  • The body is
    made of white
    polycarbonate
  • The battery
    cannot be
    removed
    even if
    by turning
    the body over

 

Below is images that can be used as references for distinguishing.

The appearance of 【b) Late 2008 Aluminum】 is omitted because it is easy to distinguish with aluminum.

The way to tell a) from c) is if you can see the removable battery when you turn it over.

【a) Mid 2006 〜 Mid 2009】

MacBook Early 2009 Bottom

【c) Late 2009、Mid 2010】

MacBook Late 2009 Bottom Case

 

② How to replace HDD /SSD in MacBook Pro

MacBook Pro 15

For MacBook Pro from MacBook Pro Mid 2011 to Mid 2015, SSD can be easily replaced.

However, you should note that the SSDs used are dedicated products with special connectors, so you need to buy SSDs with same connectors or use general-purpose SSDs with conversion adapters.

Here, I will introduce the procedure to replace the built-in SSD of MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Late 2013) with a general-purpose SSD using a conversion adapter.

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③ How to replace HDD / SSD in iMac

iMacアルミニウム・ユニボディ 21インチ 2009-2012

For iMacs from 2006 to 2011, HDD / SSD can be replaced, although it takes some time and effort.

You can jump to the article that explains the specific procedure by clicking the “Article of procedure explanation” link below.

Models How to
distinguish
Article of
procedure explanation
【a) 2006】
  • The body is
    made of white
    polycarbonate
【b) Mid2007 〜 Mid 2009】
  • The body is
    made of aluminum
  • The glass panel
    does not
    completely
    cover the front
【c) Late 2009 〜 Late 2011】
  • The body is
    made of
    aluminum
  • The glass panel
    completely
    cover the front

 

Below is images that can be used as references for distinguishing.

The appearance of 【a) 2006】 is omitted because it is easy to see with white polycarbonate.

The way to distinguish between b) and c) is whether the glass panel completely covers the front.

In b) there is a slight frame around the glass panel, but in c) there is no frame.

【b) Mid2007 〜 Mid 2009】

With frame

iMac 2008

【c) Late 2009 〜 Late 2011】

No frame

iMac Unibody Late2009

 

List of articles

This is a list of links to the articles introduced on this page.

① How to replace HDD /SSD in MacBook

② How to replace HDD /SSD in MacBook Pro

③ How to replace HDD /SSD in iMac

 

This is the end of the article on this page.

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