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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. Use a coin or spudger to rotate the battery-locking screw 90 degrees clockwise.
    • Use a coin or spudger to rotate the battery-locking screw 90 degrees clockwise.

  2. Lift the battery out of the computer.
    • Lift the battery out of the computer.

  3. Unscrew the three evenly-spaced Phillips screws from along the rear wall of the battery compartment.
    • Unscrew the three evenly-spaced Phillips screws from along the rear wall of the battery compartment.

    • The screws are captive to the metal memory cover so you cannot lose them.

    • Using The Flexible Extension sold by iFixit will help with this step.

  4. Rotate the L-shaped memory cover so it clears the battery compartment opening and lift it up and out of the computer.
    • Rotate the L-shaped memory cover so it clears the battery compartment opening and lift it up and out of the computer.

  5. Remove the following 3 screws:
    • Remove the following 3 screws:

    • One 11 mm Phillips#00 in the middle of the lower case. (Head: 5mm dia. x .75mm thick)

    • Two 14.5 mm Phillips #00 (Head: 5mm dia. x .75mm thick)

    • If the screws stick in the case, you can use a magnetized screwdriver to draw them out.

    • The shorter of the three screws goes in the middle.

  6. Take extra caution with these screws as they can strip easily!
    • Take extra caution with these screws as they can strip easily!

    • You could use a flexible extension to minimize stripping.

    • Remove the following 3 screws from the rear wall of the battery compartment:

    • One 3 mm Phillips #0. (Head: 2.75 mm. dia.)

    • Two 4 mm Phillips #0 on the either side. (Head: 2.75mm dia.)

  7. Remove the two Phillips screws from either side of the right wall of the battery compartment (not the ones closest to the battery connector).
    • Remove the two Phillips screws from either side of the right wall of the battery compartment (not the ones closest to the battery connector).

    • Two 6.25 mm Phillips #000. (Head: 4 mm. dia. x .5mm thick)

  8. Remove the four indicated Phillips screws from the front wall of the battery compartment. When working from the left, remove the 2nd, 4th, 7th and 9th screws.
    • Remove the four indicated Phillips screws from the front wall of the battery compartment. When working from the left, remove the 2nd, 4th, 7th and 9th screws.

    • Four 3.25 mm Phillips #000. (Head: 4 mm. dia. x 4mm thick)

  9. Remove the following 4 screws from the back of the computer:
    • Remove the following 4 screws from the back of the computer:

    • Two 11 mm Phillips #00, with Shank (2.2mm dia. x 2 mm len.) (Head: 3.2 mm. dia. x .5mm thick)

    • Two 7.25 mm Phillips #00, with Shank (2mm dia. x 3.75 mm len.) (Head: 3.2 mm. dia. x .5mm thick)

    • During reassemble, install the two longer screws go on the inside, and the two shorter screws go on the outside.

  10. Remove the two Phillips screws from the optical drive side of the computer:
    • Remove the two Phillips screws from the optical drive side of the computer:

    • Two 5.2 mm Phillips #00, with shank (2.3mm dia. x 3.25 mm len.) (Head: 3.2 mm. dia. x .5mm thick)

    • It is not necessary to remove the similar screws on the other side of the computer.

  11. There's a trackpad and keyboard ribbon cable connecting the upper case to the logic board, so don't pull the upper case off entirely just yet.
    • There's a trackpad and keyboard ribbon cable connecting the upper case to the logic board, so don't pull the upper case off entirely just yet.

    • Starting near the display and working around to the front of the computer, pry up on the upper case. A plastic opening tool, expired plastic credit or similarly-thick card, or a medium hard guitar pick may help you to do this.

    • The upper case is likely to stick at the connection above the front edge of the optical drive. If this happens, first free all other sides, then proceed to pull upward on the upper case from either side of the optical drive opening.

    • If you stand the base on end to get a better look, you may displace the four grey plastic clips that hold the right side of the upper case in place. Don't panic. They slide into slots at the top rightmost edge of the lower frame, above the front edge of the optical drive.

    • During reassembly, make sure the clips on the right side click firmly into place. They're different from the clips on the left side, and so normally they require a little more pressure to click into place more firmly.

  12. While holding up the upper case open, pull up the black tab, on the connector end of the silver cable, away from the connector's socket on the logic board. If there is no black tab, you can also use a spudger to gently pry the connector out of its socket on the logic board.  This connector is tall, so be sure to pry straight up. If you happen to break your upper case cable when removing the upper case, we stock the cable individually and we have a guide that makes replacing it easy.
    • While holding up the upper case open, pull up the black tab, on the connector end of the silver cable, away from the connector's socket on the logic board.

    • If there is no black tab, you can also use a spudger to gently pry the connector out of its socket on the logic board. This connector is tall, so be sure to pry straight up.

    • If you happen to break your upper case cable when removing the upper case, we stock the cable individually and we have a guide that makes replacing it easy.

    • While you have the upper case removed, it's a good time to remove dust, hair, etc. It's best to use a can of compressed air, though if you use a brush, make sure that its bristles are made of a material (usually animal hair) that doesn't generate static electricity, which can destroy electronics.

    • Upon reassembly, there are 4 grey plastic clips installed in slots running along the top of the frame in front of the optical drive (refer to second and third pictures). These clips must be installed in their slots for their mating tabs on the underside of the right side of the upper case to snap into them.

  13. Grasp the white plastic tab attached to the hard drive and pull it to the left, removing the hard drive from the computer.
    • Grasp the white plastic tab attached to the hard drive and pull it to the left, removing the hard drive from the computer.

  14. Remove the two Phillips screws from the side of the optical drive.
    • Remove the two Phillips screws from the side of the optical drive.

    • Two 3.25 mm Phillips #000 (head: 4 mm. dia. x .3 mm thick)

  15. Disconnect the orange optical drive ribbon cable from the logic board. This cable can also be disconnected by prying straight up using a spudger.
    • Disconnect the orange optical drive ribbon cable from the logic board. This cable can also be disconnected by prying straight up using a spudger.

  16. Disconnect the newly revealed display data cable. If there is no pull-tab on the top of the connector, it may be helpful to use a spudger to disconnect this connector.
    • Disconnect the newly revealed display data cable. If there is no pull-tab on the top of the connector, it may be helpful to use a spudger to disconnect this connector.

  17. Disconnect the (once again) newly-revealed hard drive cable's plug from the logic board.
    • Disconnect the (once again) newly-revealed hard drive cable's plug from the logic board.

    • When reconnecting the hard drive cable's plug to the logic board, make sure the plug is routed under the cables for the right speaker and the microphone, or else the plug won't sit flush with the logic board, which will prevent the plug from fully engaging with its socket on the logic board.

  18. Peel up the foil tape between the fan and the optical drive. Lift the foil tape from the fan side, leaving it attached to the optical drive.
    • Peel up the foil tape between the fan and the optical drive. Lift the foil tape from the fan side, leaving it attached to the optical drive.

    • During reassembly, be sure to route the cables beneath the tape before reattaching it.

    • If the adhesive on this foil tape no longer sticks, you can hold it in place using a regular piece of tape, but don't block the fan intake.

  19. Pull up the display data cable from along the edge of the optical drive to reveal a silver Phillips screw.
    • Pull up the display data cable from along the edge of the optical drive to reveal a silver Phillips screw.

  20. Remove the 2 mm Phillips #00 screw securing the optical drive.
    • Remove the 2 mm Phillips #00 screw securing the optical drive.

    • The Bluetooth cable may be covering the screw. If so, carefully push it aside. You may need to unscrew the cable's ground lug to free the cable enough.

  21. Lift the Bluetooth antenna board from the right side of the optical drive.
    • Lift the Bluetooth antenna board from the right side of the optical drive.

  22. Deroute the hard drive cable from under the clips along the side of the optical drive.
    • Deroute the hard drive cable from under the clips along the side of the optical drive.

    • During reassembly, reroute the cable under these clips.

  23. Lift the side of the optical drive closest to you, then slide the drive up and out of the computer.
    • Lift the side of the optical drive closest to you, then slide the drive up and out of the computer.

    • Follow these steps to reinstall the optical drive:

    • First, slide its side nearest the rear of the Macbook under the edge of the rear frame to the left of the hinge, then lower the drive partially into the lower housing.

    • Before dropping the drive fully in place, use a spudger to push forward (towards the front of the drive) on the screw hole in the drive's mounting tab, to push forward the slider, which runs along the far side of the drive, to insert the end of this slider into a channel in the lower case's frame, which helps hold the drive in place.

    • When you push the slider forward, if the screw hole in the drive's mounting tab doesn't line up directly over its threaded brass insert in the lower case, the end of the slider hasn't fully inserted into its channel in the frame. Keep trying, but if the slider won't move further, remove the drive to see if the end of the slider is bent.

    • If the end of the slider isn't bent, it may be slightly too long. Use a pair of fine cutters to clip off no more than about 1/32 inch, or just under 1mm, from the end of the slider.

  24. Peel up the black tape partially covering the orange optical drive cable.
    • Peel up the black tape partially covering the orange optical drive cable.

  25. Disconnect the orange cable from the optical drive.
    • Disconnect the orange cable from the optical drive.

  26. Use a spudger to carefully pry the silver metal bracket off the left side of the optical drive. Be careful not to bend the bracket, as it is very thin and bends easily. If the bracket doesn't come free easily, heating the adhesive may make prying the bracket off easier.
    • Use a spudger to carefully pry the silver metal bracket off the left side of the optical drive. Be careful not to bend the bracket, as it is very thin and bends easily. If the bracket doesn't come free easily, heating the adhesive may make prying the bracket off easier.

  27. Peel up the L-shaped piece of black tape from the top of the drive.
    • Peel up the L-shaped piece of black tape from the top of the drive.

    • You'll want to reapply this tape in the same position on your replacement drive.

  28. Peel up the silver foil tape from the optical drive.
    • Peel up the silver foil tape from the optical drive.

    • You'll want to reapply this tape in the same position on your replacement drive.

  29. Remove the two Phillips screws securing the mounting bracket to the right side of the optical drive.
    • Remove the two Phillips screws securing the mounting bracket to the right side of the optical drive.

    • This bracket is designed to slide back and forth slightly, so don't tighten the screws so much that the bracket is unable to slide.

  30. Use a spudger to pry the gray Bluetooth antenna holder off the top of the optical drive.
    • Use a spudger to pry the gray Bluetooth antenna holder off the top of the optical drive.

    • You'll want to reapply this piece in the same position on your replacement drive.

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

  31. Remove the plastic positioner 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 positioner 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 positioner 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.

  32. 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.

  33. Once the hard drive is snug, reinsert the plastic positioner while holding the hard drive against the bottom of the enclosure. Reconnect any cables you have removed from the original optical drive onto the optical bay enclosure.
    • Once the hard drive is snug, reinsert the plastic positioner while holding the hard drive against the bottom of the enclosure.

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

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

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great guide, but it was more than moderately difficult for me. thanks guys

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I just successful follow this guide to add 2nd hard drive to my old Macbook White 4.1. It really helpful, just a part take me some time. It is bluetooth atena board part, it cause my keyboard got big gap. Finally I hide it below my Optibay, so far the bluetooth still working well. Thanks iFix. :D

Jay - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

only took about 10-15 minutes for me when i was practicing on my broken Macbook white(as not to risk my new one), this guide is the best one i've seen yet, it is a little bit harder than moderate when you don't have a small phillips screwdriver though, but my steak knife worked pretty well too, thanks guys

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Thanks, I used this guide to reuse the hard drive as an external.

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