replacing a MacBook hard drive cable

So it’s Sunday morning now, and Monday will be one week since my surgery. I’m feeling good enough now to do some walking outside, back and forth to the bank or grocery store, but I get tired a lot quicker than normal. And I’m starting to feel like I can pick up on some projects, like trying to get my MacBook working again.

I’ve figured out, through trial and error, that I most likely have a bad hard drive cable. I’m going to try replacing it, using these instructions from iFixit, and see if that works. I ordered the cable (and a couple of tools) from iFixit today, so I’ll likely have them by the end of the week, and try to do the replacement next weekend.

Just for laughs, I called Apple and verified that they won’t touch my MacBook, since I replaced the stock HD with an SSD, thereby violating the sanctity of their precious hardware. If that wasn’t the case, I’d be really tempted to take it to the Apple Store and let them take care of it, even if it would cost a lot more than doing it myself. And if I had enough energy to take the train into NYC, I’d probably take it to Tekserve, and let them do it,  but I don’t think I’m going to be able to handle NYC any time real soon. So I’m going to hope I have enough manual dexterity to remove and replace the cable myself.

My MacBook is about two years old, and I’m hoping to get another couple of years out of it, so here’s hoping this works!

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