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Torx bit size for hard drive replacement?

11254 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Feb 8, 2008 9:57 AM by Happy Dad RSS
Happy Dad Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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Feb 6, 2008 9:42 PM
I was in the process of replacing the hard drive with a new 320GB unit in my santa-rosa based Macbook following these instructions http://manuals.info.apple.com/en/MacBook13inch_HardDriveDIY.pdf when I discovered that I need a torx screwdriver to take the hard drive out of the cage.

The smallest torx I have is a T-10 which is too large so now I have to buy one. What size do I need to buy? I am guessing a T-5 but the instructions do not mention the need for a torx bit so I want to double check the size from someone who has done this before I go to the shops.
Macbook 2.2Ghz Santa-Rosa, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • Lee A. Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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    Feb 6, 2008 9:52 PM (in response to Happy Dad)
    It is a T-8.
    EDIT: Let me know how that goes. I just got my 320GB drive in today, but it was dead on arrival, apparently. It's not a widespread issue, I just think I got some bad luck. Mine won't erase most of the time, mounts part of the time, and fails during OS X install. I've gotta wait until OWC opens up in the morning and get an RMA.

    If yours goes fine, I'll know its just my bad drive and I haven't messed anything else up (I'm not sure how one could mess this up, as easy as it is, but you never know, right?)

    Message was edited by: Lee A.
    Macbook 2.2 C2D SR, 4GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • Dave B. Level 4 Level 4 (2,085 points)
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    Feb 8, 2008 7:49 AM (in response to Happy Dad)
    What part of the procedure involved prying the case open with 2 butter knives? Here are the instructions with pictures, same as your link pretty much:

    http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Mac/MacBook-Core-Duo/Hard-Drive-Replacement/86/5/

    Maybe I missed what you were saying. I haven't done a hard drive replacement myself, but when I have upgraded RAM I saw the hard drive easily accessible and in the pictures above it looked very quick and easy.
    MacBook Core 2 Duo 2.16 4GB 10.5.1; Dual 1.8 G5 10.4.11, 1.25 GB; iPod Nano 8GB
  • Andrew D Calculating status...
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    Feb 8, 2008 8:02 AM (in response to Dave B.)
    I assumed he was talking about getting the case of the WD passport open to get at the hard drive in there rather than the one in his Mac.

    I love it when you find a random way of doing something (i.e. the butter knives) after ages trying more conventional methods.
    13" Black MacBook Intel Core Duo, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • First Magus Level 6 Level 6 (15,850 points)
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    Feb 8, 2008 8:29 AM (in response to Dave B.)
    I believe he was referring to the external enclosure. there are a few that that is the easiest way to get the pieces split. Some have a little slot for a coin some don't.

    Mort
     BlackBook Core Duo, 2 GB RAM, WD 320 GB HD, Wireless Mighty Mouse, Mac OS X (10.5.1), iPod 5G Video, iPod color, iPod 1G Shuffle 

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