Opening up the Apple MacBook Pro 15″ Early 2011 Model
- Turn off your MacBook Pro, close it and turn it upside down
- There are 10 small Phillips screws that need to be removed, three longer Phillips screws on the top right hand side of the MacBook Pro.
- Remove all the screws starting with the longer screws.
- Gently lift the cover off the MacBook Pro.
Replacing the Hitachi 500GB 7200RPM Hard Drive with the OWC Mercury EXTREME Pro 6G SSD
- Disconnect the battery connector from the motherboard (logic board) with the nylon tool.
- Remove the retainer bar held in place by two black screws that is holding the installed hard drive in place.
- Use the transparent strip on the Hard drive to pull out the hard drive from the hard drive area.
- Make sure to detach the SATA Power and Data connector carefully.
- Use the Torx T6 tool included with the Data Doubler to remove the 4 Torx T6 screws on the side of the hard drives.
- Also remove the transparent plastic tab.
- Now attach the plastic tab to the SSD you will be installing.
- Also screw in the four Torx T6 screws for your SSD just like they were screwed in for the hard drive.
- Line up the SATA connector with the SSD and the MacBook Pro, and attach them together.
- Start by placing the SSD into the rubber grommets on the edge of the MacBook Pro followed by gently letting the SSD fall into its place in the bay.
- Replace the retaining bar and tighten the two black screws.
Removing the DVD player from the MacBook Pro
- Using your nylon pry tool, detach the two cables, one going to the AirPort (Wi-Fi) network card and the other being the SATA connector for the optical DVD drive.
- Use either your Phillips screw driver or the Torx T6 screw driver (depending on what screws used) to detach the 3 screws that hold the optical drive in place.
- You might have to detach a tiny cable right by the fan to get at the right screw.
- One of the screws is located right by one of the fans in between two other small black screws.
- To get to the 2nd screw, you need to loosen the Wi-Fi network card.
- Remove the two black screws at the top left hand side corner and at the end of the Wi-Fi network cards V shaped end to loosen your Wi-Fi network card.
- Pull the network card to the side to reveal the hidden screw at the left top corner of the MacBook Pro.
- Unscrew the 2nd screw.
- The last Optical screw is located at the bottom left had side of the optical DVD drive.
- Once all screws are removed, the DVD player will easily come out.
Installing the Hitachi 500GB 7200RPM Hard Drive into the Data Doubler
- First the SATA Power and Data cable adapter needs to be removed from the DVD drive.
- Then two screws need to be removed to take off the mounting bracket from the optical drive.
- Place mounting bracket onto the Data Doubler the same way it was removed from the optical drive.
- You can also go ahead and attach the SATA Power and Data cable adapter onto the Data Doubler.
- Take your hard drive and align it with the SATA connector and gently push it into the connector.
- Secure the hard drive to the Data Doubler with the two screws that came with the Data Doubler.
Installing the Data Doubler into the Macbook Pro
- Place the Data Doubler inside the chassis of the Macbook Pro in the appropriate location where the optical drive was removed from.
- Make sure to not place it on any cables.
- Install the three screws to secure the Data Doubler to the MacBook Pro.
- Screw in the two screws you removed from the Network Card.
- Attach the SATA cable to the motherboard (logic board).
- Attach the rest of the cables that were detached at the beginning to their appropriate locations.
Finishing the Installation and closing the MacBook Pro
- If not yet done, connect the battery power cable to the motherboard.
- Place the top of the MacBook Pro’s cover on and install thed 10 screws removed earlier.
- The three long screws are installed at the top 3 right hand side screw holes.
- The rest of the 7 screws are screwed in around the edges of the MacBook Pro.
Installation videos straight from OWC’s Youtube Channel. If you are afraid to experiment and replace your hardware, please take a look at these videos to give you a better idea on how to replace your drives and install the Data Doubler.
Replacing your Hard Drive with SSD
Installing the Data Doubler into your MacBook Pro