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Use this guide to upgrade or replace the solid-state drive in a MacBook Pro 13” Mid 2014. This MacBook Pro uses a proprietary storage drive connector, and is therefore not compatible with common M.2 drives without the use of an adapter.

Before you perform this repair, if at all possible, back up your existing SSD. Then, either familiarize yourself with internet recovery or create a bootable external drive so you’ll be ready to install macOS onto your new drive and migrate your data to the new SSD.

Finally, we strongly recommend installing macOS 10.13 High Sierra (or a later macOS) before replacing the original SSD from your MacBook Pro. Most new SSDs require updated storage drivers not found in versions of macOS prior to High Sierra.

    • Remove the following ten screws securing the lower case to the upper case:

    • Two 2.3 mm Pentalobe screws

    • Eight 3.0 mm Pentalobe screws

    • Throughout this repair, keep track of each screw and make sure it goes back exactly where it came from to avoid damaging your device.

    For all the screws you use the P5 pentalobe screwdriver?

    Carlos - Replica

    Pentalobe is only for the screws on the bottom cover. The Torx screw driver is for the remainder.

    Fredrik -

    Is the Pentalobe screwdriver mentioned in the tools list? I did not have one so I used a filed down flat blade screwdriver. Not a fantastic idea, but it works.

    Alex Birkett - Replica

    Yes, it's mentioned on the top of this page. P5 Pentalobe to be precise. I didn't have one either, so I bought one from iFixit and that works fantastic. An absolutely precise fit, which is important especially when you might open your MacBook a couple of times during the years you own it. Not using the correct tool might do more harm to the screws than you want! I once had this with a Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro, which has Torx screws (T4 I think) and I used cheap Chinese quality tools, with the result that both the tool and one of the screws are damaged.

    addvariety -

    the macbook in the picture is 2012. does it has the same structure as 2013?

    Edison - Replica

    I never, ever, ever considered using anything but the correct tool on the Pentalobe screws. Too easy to strip and void your warranty (if still in effect), as well as make it almost impossible to get inside later for another upgrade or repair. The Wiha P5 Pentalobe screwdriver fits like a glove and costs only about $11 (a fraction of your drive's price)at Amazon.com. Get it!

    marketing - Replica

    is P5 supposed to be for all 10 screws? it works on the 2x 2.3mm at the top, but not for the 8x others for me. what size screwdriver for the 3mm? thanks

    monsieurescargot - Replica

    Yes, the p5 works for all 10 pentalobe screw heads for bottom cover. The the different size mm reference only refers to the difference in length of the screws, but again both heads are p5.

    Antoine Thornton - Replica

    I followed this exactly and was able to replace my broken trackpad. I did not have to replace the ribbon OR the battery. However I would suggest getting the ribbon since it’s fairly cheap, as for the batteries I was able to do it with a card only. I didn’t use any heat or the liquid but it takes some time. You really have to work the card in there to release the glue. Also you must be very careful not to bend the batteries or damage them, if you do you must replace with new. This took me about 1.5hrs and my computer works like new. Apple cost for this job was around $450, I did it for $120. Big ups to ifixit for this awesome tutorial, tool set and parts!

    On a side note, only use quality tools, the cheap ones will break or strip the screws.

    Dustin Steward - Replica

    Note that the eight 3mm screws have a shoulder under the head, while the two 2.3mm screws are “full thread”, i.e., there is no shoulder under their heads. It’s important to put the two screws with no shoulder at the hinge of the cover.

    All ten screws require a P5 Pentalobe screwdriver, preferably with a magnetized tip to help hold and position the screw.

    All of the screws have blue “Loctite” thread locker compound on their threads. This is to help prevent the screws from working loose and falling out. Don’t attempt to clean the Loctite from the screws — leave it in place, and it will continue to help prevent the re-inserted screws from working loose.

    When replacing the bottom cover, it is a good technique to insert and BEGIN tightening all ten screws BEFORE fully tightening any one screw. After all the screws have been started, then go around and finish tightening all of them. By doing this, you make it easier to feel that each screw has been started properly, and is not “cross-threaded”.

    doubleclutch - Replica

    A good technique for starting to thread the screws when replacing them is to position and align the screw, and with the driver, gently turn the screw in the REMOVAL direction until you feel and hear a slight click. This click happens when the leading thread of the screw drops off of the leading edge of the thread in the hole — this is the point at which the threads are properly positioned for engagement. You can now turn the driver and screw in the TIGHTENING direction. This technique will help prevent accidental “cross-threading” of the screw, which will damage the threads permanently.

    Note that this is a useful technique when installing ANY threaded fastener.

    doubleclutch - Replica

  1. Wedge your fingers between the upper case and the lower case.
    • Wedge your fingers between the upper case and the lower case.

    • Gently pull the lower case away from the upper case to remove it.

    This takes a bit more effort than you might expect. Put your fingers where shown and lift about 3inches. With enough upwards pressure the plastic holders will “pop free” and the bottom will come off easily.

    hamiltont - Replica

  2. The lower case is connected to the upper case with two plastic clips near its center. During reassembly, gently push down the center of the lower case to reattach the two plastic clips.
    • The lower case is connected to the upper case with two plastic clips near its center.

    • During reassembly, gently push down the center of the lower case to reattach the two plastic clips.

    There are two screws that are shorter-they go to the back near the vent.

    wrbandllm - Replica

    This was already mentioned at the start, it says 2x 2.3mm screws and those are coloured red instead of orange for the other ones in iFixit's image.

    addvariety - Replica

    What is the black vinyl-y sticker on the inside of the case (some sort of shield?). I was forced to slightly puncture it in order to replace the feet on my laptop. Thanks in advance.

    Tommy Huang - Replica

    When I got the back off, I found this piece loose, any idea what it is? about 9mm long frosted plastic

    https://imgur.com/a/tYaxGdG

    Fred Anderson - Replica

    This wording I found quite confusing. They just mean when putting the lid back on that you just removed in the previous step, push here.

    Mmm ttt - Replica

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  4. If necessary, remove the plastic cover adhered to the battery contact board.
    • If necessary, remove the plastic cover adhered to the battery contact board.

    Do you know where I can purchase this plastic cover? Mine is missing and no one will work on my computer without it.

    jodieabc - Replica

    There is no point on going near the battery or logic board. I cut out these steps with no issue. It is precautionary but unnecessary.

    Jaime Leonard - Replica

  5. Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the battery connector straight up out of its socket on the logic board. Be sure you lift up only on the connector itself, not the socket, or you risk permanent damage to the logic board.
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the battery connector straight up out of its socket on the logic board.

    • Be sure you lift up only on the connector itself, not the socket, or you risk permanent damage to the logic board.

    I have a friends MacBook Pro that has some water damage that caused the MacBook not to be able to use battery power, but still work when plugged into A/C. Upon further inspection I can see visible corrosion on a few of the 9 cables going from the battery connector to that small circuit board. Is it possible to just replace that circuit board?

    jramsey21 - Replica

    I have the some problem. I was thinking to replace the whole battery but I am not it will solve the problem. Any suggestions?

    salvatorebarbera -

    Sometimes it can be enough to just clean the contacts without having to replace the entire board. Dosent work for complicated IC's like plcc type, where corrosion is underneath the chip. Here you will have to reheat and reapply the IC.

    andrehedegaard -

    Hi,have you find the solution for your battery? I also have same problem, run with plugs but it battery not supporting… as soon the plug of it goes off

    Jewel Rahman -

    Have either of you replaced the battery and/or circuit board to fix the MacBooks with the water damage ? I have the same problem with the MacBook working fine when connected to power but dying immediately when the power cord is removed.

    Steve - Replica

    Hi, Steve. I had the same problem: Macbook Pro 15 retina with coffee damage. And it worked fine when connected to power. I made it working after replacing the whole battery. It seems that circuit connected to the battery becomes disabled to prevent short circuit.

    Vadim Gribanov -

    When placing the battery connector back into the socket on the logic board, check that every part of connector is pressed down. You should hear a soft click when it's back in place.

    Ethan Tarquin - Replica

    Thanks for the comment. My MBP isn’t powering on after I walked through these steps, and I assume it is because the battery connector isn’t fully connected. (I can’t check yet since I borrowed the pentalobe screwdriver)

    Caleb Steinborn -

    +1

    I thought I made sure it was connected but when running the computer it only detected the battery but couldn’t power it. I had to run with power adapter. Also it didn’t charge. I guess some pins were connected but not all. To verify that all were connected I removed the plastic cover, placed it carefully completely flat, and then reattached the plastic cover. After that it worked!

    Jonas Ehrs -

    If I only want to replace the trackpad cable, then which steps should I skip? This step seems unnecessary

    Parth Gudhka - Replica

  6. Bend the battery connector up out of the way to prevent accidental contact with its socket during your repair.
    • Bend the battery connector up out of the way to prevent accidental contact with its socket during your repair.

    If you miss or let this step for later like I did, the power left in the battery even though the computer is completely shut down, will screw up the I/O board cable like I did. I noticed this after I put all the pieces back, turn the computer on and surprise, no wifi hardware is detected. -.-

    sebasgaes - Replica

    I put a small piece of blue painters tape on the battery connector contacts to prevent it from accidentally making a connection and shorting. This helped keep things a bit more protected.

    LaymanLab - Replica

    That’s a great idea!

    David Lilliebridge - Replica

    I used a small piece of paper to prevent the connector from connecting, no need to wrestle with even low-stick adhesive.

    dbrick - Replica

  7. Remove the single 2.9 mm T5 Torx screw securing the SSD to the logic board.
    • Remove the single 2.9 mm T5 Torx screw securing the SSD to the logic board.

    In case you need it, the underside of the SSD board will indicate the size of the drive, e.g., 128GB.

    Aldo Cugnini - Replica

  8. Lift the free end of the SSD up slightly and pull the SSD straight out of its socket on the logic board. Only lift the end of the SSD enough to allow you to pull it out—about 1/4". Only lift the end of the SSD enough to allow you to pull it out—about 1/4".
    • Lift the free end of the SSD up slightly and pull the SSD straight out of its socket on the logic board.

    • Only lift the end of the SSD enough to allow you to pull it out—about 1/4".

    Transcend 960GB JetDrive 720 SATAIII 6Gb/s Solid State Drive Upgrade Kit for MacBook Pro 13" with Retina Display, Late 2012 - Early 2013 (TS960GJDM720) - Is this compatible with the Macbook Pro 13" Retina - Mid 2014?

    Jess - Replica

    Según el fabricante no, me puse en contacto con ellos y dicen que estan en desarrollo. Yo ya pregunte en este foro por que otro unidad de ssd cambio la original y nadie responde...

    According to the manufacturer no, I got in touch with them and say they are developing . I already ask at this forum by another unit ssd change the original and nobody answers ..

    Antonio -

    Manufacturers that don't say it's compatible, just haven't tested it. You just have to pay special attention to the notch(es) on the connector. I had a 512 GB SSD lying around, but it had two notches at 1/3 and 2/3 (M.2 B & M notches) instead of the MacBook's notch that's somewhat in the middle and is NOT a standard of the M.2 format.

    addvariety -

    No. But OWC now sells a higher capacity SSD for the 2015 MBP's

    robert Seith - Replica

    Great guide!

    Daniel - Replica

    Why do I need to disconnect the battery?

    David DelMonte - Replica

    To prevent damage on motherboard while connecting/disconnecting SSD.

    Fedor Zhuromsky -

    What are your recommendations for transferring the data to the replacement flash drive?

    ari - Replica

    Before changing hard drive, back up data via Time Machine. After hard drive replacement, restore Time Machine backup onto new hard drive.

    William -

    no other brand sad, for MacBook RD mid 2014?

    iCalfixit - Replica

    Can i swap my macbook pro 13" (late 2013) 128gb ssd with macbook air 13" 512gb ssd...? Would it work like that or they don't work with this combination...?

    VVK - Replica

    Yes, you can.

    Oleg -

    Can i use 1T ssd in macbook Retina Mf840 ??? change 256 to 512 or 1T :/

    Pedram BehzadiFar - Replica

    Hey, do you know if Transcend Jetdrive 725 is compatible with a 2015 MBP 13 retina ? Thanks for your help

    Leo Merazian - Replica

    Could the ssd replace the 128gb hdd? Are they same size?

    wongsamson7 - Replica

    I’m hoping to install a 1TB or 2TB (preferably 2TB) in a MacBook Pro 13” early 2015 model. Which brand & model SSD would be recommended

    Kryn Sporry - Replica

    Hey fellow Upgraders :)I am currently working with an MBP 13inch early 2015, 128 Gb SSD inside. As we all know, that is barely enough to store your own photos on, and when the wife’s collection is added… well, let’s just say I need to put at least a 1TB in :)

    Checked all the comments, and concluded HW-wise Samsungs are a no go, as per notches not in the semi middle.

    One thing I have not anybody seen mentioning here is the heat production of the SSD. If I would put a 1TB in will it likely overheat and die in the enclosure, or do I not have to worry about it. Although there are air-vents on the MBP, I have not found a fan (hate sound anyway) to keep things cool.

    Your thoughts?

    Regards, Rick

    Rick Wilbrink - Replica

    If you’d like to use Samsung’s M.2 NVMe SSDs (and probably any other M.2 NVMe SSD currently on the market) you’ll have to get an adapter that will allow it; https://www.amazon.com/Sintech-Adapter-U.... As far as heat production is concerned the SSD’s built-in throttling mechanism can help mitigate that if it decides it’s running too hot; usually when there are large file transfers taking place. Off the top of my head I think Samsung and WD do thermal throttling.

    Barry Effinger -

    Consider adding a micro SD card, with an adapter, to the Macbook Pro permanently. Great way to add capacity beyond the SSD. You can get several adapters that are “low profile” and will not protrude form your MBP.

    petepub - Replica

Conclusione

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

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Hello

Can you confirm that the ssd for the macbook pro mid 2014 really is replaceable?

I hear rumours that the ssd is stuck to the motherbord.

Pieter Baeyens - Replica

I changed the MacBook Pro 13' Mid 2014 SSD successfully from 120GB to 1000GB. Follow all the steps provided and everything will be fine.

Syafiq Sufi -

I spoke with an apple expert at the genius bar and they said that the SSD is Soldered into the motherboard itself. Which is why I bought another MacBook pro for $1500 after mine had corrupted. Once I was informed you could change it out, I filed a complaint with Apple's Tech Support, which they did nothing about and said that their employees were uninformed.

Joe Wilkie -

Yes, I just replaced my MBP Mid 2014 128GB SSD with 480GB SSD. So, I can confirm it works.

Pasi Kivikangas -

Why is it necessary to disconnect the battery for the SSD replacement?

Robert Kelly - Replica

You always want to remove the battery and/or unplug your laptop/desktop before doing any repairs or upgrades to reduce electrical shock.

ncrimmel -

Nonsense, turn the laptop off, make sure hand/wrist are grounded, and you do not have to disconnect the battery. There is more chance of battery surge damage or connector damage then there is damage to the hard disk in a complete shut down mode. 28 years of electronic repair in all industries has taught me this.

Nic Wilson -

For security reasons. Microelectronic devices are very fragile and any little overcharge may harm them. When upgrading the SSD drive you are messing with the hardware. ;-)

Felix -

Of course! Disconnect any power from any device you repair!!! I just burned up a logic board of my iPhone case-battery because of accidentally shortcuts circuit with metal tweezers =( Battery was connected to board

firuz1844 - Replica

how do you reinstall the os since there is no more the recovery partition?

Jonathan Obino - Replica

You can make a bootable USB drive before you upgrade your SSD. I would do this with an older version of OS X (e.g. Lion), which you can afterwards upgrade to Yosemite for free. I'm sure there is also a possibility to make a Yosemite bootable, I just haven't done it before myself.

Jan -

Hold CMD+R (internet recovery)

peter -

Is it only 512 and 1TB SSD avalible in the market? No 750, 712GBs?

Bob - Replica

May you confirm, is this model can be upgradeable i heard it cannot regards.

raymondg1992 - Replica

Could anyone confirm whether it can be done or not?

gratain - Replica

Is anyone else having any issue with taking the battery connector off? I just don't want to damage the connectors because it feels much more difficult to pull up then previous model Macs I've dealt with. If so, what did you do to make it easier?

isaacfinger - Replica

NOTE! If you bought a brand new SSD you will have to initialize it. When you turn your computer on hold down option+command+R. Then, on the window that gives you the options to install OSX or use TimeMachine, or use Disk Utility. Pick Disk utility because you need to initialize the drive. Select your drive on the left side bar then select "partition" and give it a name, make sure it is "journaled" and select the number of partitions that you want. You can then click continue, or next or whatever is at the bottom. It'll take a few seconds for the partition to be completed. Lastly, go back to the window with the main options as (stated above) and select "download OSX". Then let that baby download and your home free!

isaacfinger - Replica

Can someone confirm that this is working on the Mid 2014 rMBP 11,1

Clive Shum - Replica

yes this worked on my 11,1. I upgraded to a 480gb I have also upgraded another to a 256gb

Ray Dunham -

Would I be able to use Samsung brand SSD(MZ-V5P512BW) ???

William Cho - Replica

Did you get an answer to this question? I also have a Mid 2014 Macbook Pro and want to put a Samsung 950 pro 512gb in it.

John Roger Bell -

I'd be glas to find a reference for a 1To SSD compatible with MID 2014 MacBook Pro 13''... any help ?

GEii Mulhouse -

¿Hola, que modelo de disco ssd de 1Tb has usado?, no lo encuentro

Hey, that model 1TB SSD used ?, you can not find it

Antonio Jesus Martin - Replica

Can anyone please tell me the compatible 1TB SSD options available? I was considering the Mac Pro SSD since its x4 PCIe but the part is nearly $1000.

shayaansiddiqui - Replica

Mid 2014 MBPR 2.6ghz could use this ssd

"SAMSUNG 950 PRO M.2 512GB PCI-Express 3.0 x4 Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-V5P512BW" ?

Miguel Fria - Replica

Miguel, is that a statement or a question?!

nstjh -

Antonio . has conseguido la referencia de alguna otra tarjeta ssd para el macbook pro 13" mid 2014. graciaS!!!

Antonio, have you got the reference of some other sd card for macbook pro 13 "mid 2014. Thanks

Ivan - Replica

Hi, There are plenty of different SSDs available in the Market. Can anybody tell me that which type of SSD will be suitable for my MacBookPro mid 2014. Please mention m.2 or any other, also mention some SSD models and amazon links. It will be good if I get Pro SSD models in the list. Thank you.

Raghavendra Temkar - Replica

Does the plastic cover have to be put back when you're putting everything back together?

Ryan Ragland - Replica

I update OWC Aura SSD on a MacBook Pro late 2013. But the SSD shows as an External disk. I wonder if there is a way we could fix this.

longstcn - Replica

Did you figure this out? I am looking at the same drive for my Mid 2014 MBP

Bryan -

Excelente¡ todo salió bien.

Ruben Morales - Replica

Disculpa que marca y que modelo de SDD utilizaste para hacer el cambio?

Sebastian Bonilla -

So can you install a Samsung 950 PRO NVMe drive instead ? Or not ?!

opensolr - Replica

this is a solid question and I'd like to know too. MacOS supports NVME and there are converters to make the Samsung NVME modules physically fit/connect so now, do they work?

patrick.bos -

Hi

Sorry if this is a repeat question anyhow but can anyone tell me if the RAM for Macbook Pro 13 Retina (Mid 2014) can be upgraded from 8GB to 16GB?

Thanks

Mas Berman - Replica

no - RAM is soldiered and not replacable

rangerek -

it is mentioned on apple ( about this Mac ) on ur python click support then specifications. u can upgrade it to 16 GB yes…

walid.riachy25 -

guys can I upgrade my MacBook Pro mid 2014 128 GB to 512 GB or 1TB ?

any body had succeeded doing that ? and what type of ssd I should buy ?

walid.riachy25 -

Hi,

looking for an adapter to replace the existing SSD with a mSATA SSD on my Macbook pro 13" retina (mid 2014). Anybody can provide details if this is possible and how to buy adapter for the A1502 model?

many thanks.

Tobi - Replica

Yes this works people..MANY have answered this so ease quit asking. You cannot update the ram however it is definitely soldered in. If you're willing seeing simply remove the back and look at the SSD drive. If you see a simple gle screw then it's removable. Common sense…

Lane Jasper - Replica

I have a 13” MacBookPro Retina Dual i5 2.7 Ghz computer with a 128 GB SSD drive and 8GB of RAM. Someone spilled a beer over the keyboard and it will no longer start up. Apple says the logic board needs replacing. Only then can the other parts be tested for potential damage. It’s no longer under warranty and it’s not insured. For the cost of the repairs, I can get a comparable used MBP. I need to get my data off the hard drive first. Can I remove it per the instructions above, hook it up by cable to my other Mac, and copy the files that way? My last Time Machine backup was unfortunately four weeks previous to the beer spill, and I need to access the newer files as well as the old ones. Any suggestions?

Rickfilms - Replica

You need a (special) case for the old HD.

dmarckp -

I have removed the ssd drive motherboard from my macbook as my mac has now died. The ssd drive is intact. What adapter would allpw me to tranfer the files safely to a chromebook as i have a ssd converter but it o ly works on 2.5”ssd’s

Dave Abel - Replica

Step 5 (lifting the battery connector)

It can be challenging, I snapped the plastic end of the battery connector.

i can suggest NOT lifting the battery connector from the same side as what the picture here shows you.

INSTEAD, try lifting the connector from the longer side (the side facing the SSD).

Adli Trevor - Replica

Hi all,

My MacBook Pro retina 13 mid 14’s has its SSD completely dead. I’ve found this option on amazon: Transcend JetDrive 850 - Disco Duro Sólido (480 GB, PCI Express 3.0, 1600 MB/s), it says it is compatible with my model. Anyone confirming this? And, my major question is how to boot the computer once the ssd is plugged. I have a time machine backup, so can I start with cmd+R and run the time machine option? I mean, the cmd+R works independently of the SSD? Thanks

Soluna salles - Replica

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