3345 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Jan 9, 2010 7:07 PM by Compactc9
I had already read those instructions. Not only do they say nothing about this subject, but right there at the end of the instructions, someone has posted the question:
"screws without the flange go nearest to the Sata connector(???)"
( http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Repair/MacBook-Core-2-Duo-Hard-Drive-Replacement/514 /3 )
That question has never been answered.
Thanks, but I'm still hoping for an answer to this.
Hi beachnik, when i replaced my HDD i had the same question because i had not noticed the different screws. after a while of thinking i just put it together and it worked fine. It probably doesnt matter to much because how often are you going to remove the HDD? Just put them whatever way you see fit and it will work fine. they have nothing to do with the operation of the HDD only the attachment of the shield. Dean
Thanks, but I'm not so sure that's good advice. If it didn't matter, they'd have built this thing with one torx screw.
I went ahead and put it together successfully. Before I did, this is what I discovered:
I got a flashlight and looked into the drive bay (not easy to see in there). The channels into which the torx head nest are not of uniform size. They start out wide and then quickly narrow down. So, I assumed that the torx with the flange (wider head) have to go at the tail end of the drive (opposite end of the sata connector). Otherwise, you'll probably be trying to jam a 'too thick torx' into a 'too thin plastic channel' - something's going to give, and it won't be metal.
Anyway, that's my take on it.