Upgrade harddrive for Macbook Pro

After Western Digital released 500GB harddrive for notebook, I’ve been waiting for months until price is getting lower. Now I think the price is right, so it’s time for me to upgrade my Macbook Pro. Upgrading harddrive is more difficult than I though, since Apple did hide the harddrive too deep (unlike the new uni-body Macbook lines). Therefore, it requires a little surgery. However, the harder part is the software bit. Here is what I did:


  • I perform the last time machine back up so I can restore everything using only time machine image.
  • I did created a bootcamp image using DiskUtility so I can bringback Windows with all programs installed.
  • Now it’s time to disassembling the parts.
  • Remove the battery and unscrew the ram cover.


  • After removed ram cover, unscrew 4 more screws


  • Now we have to unscrew all 3 sides of it. (except the front)


  • Now we can lift up the keyboard, but be careful because there is a ribbon attached between keyboard and logic board. We have to unhook that ribbon first.
  • After we remove keyboard, the harddrive will clearly be seen.


  • There is one ribbon on top of the harddrive we have to gently lift it up.


  • Now we can swap the drives


  • Both drives are made in Thailand (Why I have to buy it here????)

  • Done, now we can put it back together by reverse all steps.
  • Boot it up and insert the OSX installed Disk in.
  • Restart again now hold C key so it will boot using DVD drive.
  • Go to DiskUtility to format the drive first.
  • And then use Time Machine to restore everything back to the state before upgrading.
  • It took me 4 hours for Timemachine restoring.
  • The bootcamp part is a little bit tricky.
  • After OSX have been restored, I can use Bootcamp Assistant to make a partition for Windows (This time I give 50GB for Bootcamp).
  • Insert Windows XP installer disc for the installation.
  • Format Bootcamp into NTFS when Windows installer ask to install.
  • Now when Windows finish copy all files, SHUTDOWN Windows immediately.
  • Boot in OSX and use DiskUtility to restore Bootcamp image back. This will save a lot of time installing all programs for Windows again.
  • Done now I’m so happy with my powerful Macbook Pro with 4GB ram and 500GB harddrive ^_^

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