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I figure most of these are pushing 4 years now, and more of these hard drives will begin to fail.
 
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Good video. these are one of my most favorite machines to work on. That and the 27" iMacs. BTW, there is a method that does not require a spluger tool for.
 
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Thanks, do share if possible haha. thumb.gif

i've been spoiled when i worked at my campus' AASP with all the tools at hand...that was a long 2 years ago, just when they started putting the pentalobe screws and the Y screws into their unibodies.

I used to have one of these older style ones until the infamous 8600 claimed the life of my logic board. Apple swapped it out to a brand new SB i7 15" (at the time) for a measly ~350 (it would've been free, but the SB ones just came out, around March 2011-ish? they had already shipped out the immediate predecessor). Apple has bar none the best CS in the industry (albeit with their own flaws, of course)
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If you take the top case and put the front end in first and alone the times, you can generelally get it in without issues. At least, that is the best I can describe it.
 
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Made a fan replacement guide as a supplement:

http://youtu.be/gd-UF_Yzx6A
 
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Wanna know what is the biggest pain the butt with these things? Replacing the LCD (not the clamshell itself). Oh, and good luck actually FINDING an LCD for the 2007 and 2008 Unibody (especially the 17"). 2006 ones are literally impossible to find.
 
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Wanna know what is the biggest pain the butt with these things? Replacing the LCD (not the clamshell itself). Oh, and good luck actually FINDING an LCD for the 2007 and 2008 Unibody (especially the 17"). 2006 ones are literally impossible to find.

oh yeah i know what you mean. I had to do a few..some of the people i used to work with did it wrong and bent the aluminum bezel. yay for adhesives! the latter gen pre unibodys started coming with entire clamshells. I dont even want to know the process of replacing a LCD in those sealed clamshells of the unibody MBPs.

i think the most trouble i had with repairing was the 12" powerbook. that was a friggen pain. I was still relatively new and i had spent hours taking it apart and putting it back together.

that and seating the LCS for the G5 Mac Pro. That required some force to make sure those things seated properly and then you had to drive those hex screws into those expanding standoffs. LOL and then you had to carefully package those things in a specific way in the return box.


Oh Apple. redface.gif

and yay for apple techs! lol i just happened to see that you responded...i realize i responded almost immediately lol redface.gif
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