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MacBook pro 13″ late 2007/2008 model

Hard Drive Capacity: 120 GB Release Year: 2007/2008
Processor Type: Intel Core 2 Duo Product Family: MacBook
Processor Speed: 2.20 GHz Screen Size: 13.3″
Weight: 5 lb. Memory: 1 GB
Operating System: Mac OS X 10.5, Leopard

Its easy!

Tools needed:

1.  Medium sized Flathead screwdriver

2. Small Phillips screwdriver.

3. Patients!

Step1. Locate the battery lock/unlock latch under the Mac-book and with a Flathead screwdriver turn the latch counter clockwise to release the battery.

unlock lever

Release Lever

Step2. Remove battery.


Removing Battery

Step3. Unscrew the seventeen (17 ) screws aligned inside the battery compartment.

Remove these screws

Battery Compartment

also you will see three (3) screws holding a thin metal bracket. Remove bracket.

Step 4. Now you will see three screws under the bracket. Remove.

Removing Screws

Battery compartment screws

Step 5. Unscrew the three (3) screws located on the bottom of the book.

Three Screws located on the bottom.

Remove these screws

Step 6. Now turn the Mac-book over and remove two (2) screws from both sides of the Machine.

Remove screws from the sides.

Side Screws

Step 7. Open the cover and GENTLY pry open the edge of the keyboard to get to the ribbon connecting the keyboard to the Main-board.

Pry open the edge

Step 8. Locate the ribbon and find the removal tab near the end closest to the Main-board.

Grab the tab and pull straight up.

Keyboard ribbon

Keyboard Ribbon

Macs Need Cleaning too.

Mac Keyboard removal

(Remember to be very careful when removing these delicate components)

Now you should be able to remove the keyboard plate to access the mainboards peripherals. wireless card, Ram, HardDisk, Heat-sink, CPU, GPU, Fan, Speakers etc.

Hope this helps !


To completely erase a Macintosh hard drive that runs OS X 10.3.x or above—use the Disk Utility that is built into the Macintosh operating system.

Erasing a hard drive deletes all the volumes and files on the drive. Therefore, before you erase the hard drive, if you want to keep files on the drive, copy them to a form of external media (e.g., a Zip disk or a CD).

By default, Disk Utility erases only the information used to access the files, not the data in the files themselves. Therefore, the erased files can be recovered. If you need to erase a disk so that the files cannot be recovered, you can select security options within the utility to do so (i.e., write e disk space).

How to Use Disk Utility to Erase a Macintosh Hard Drive (OS X 10.3.x or 10.4.x)

You must reboot your computer using the OS X system CD that came with your Macintosh. To do so, follow these steps:

Insert the CD into the CD drive.
Hold down the C key during the startup process.

Select your preferred language. You will then see the Welcome to the Mac OS X Installer window.

From the Installer Menu Bar, click Open Disk Utility. You will then see the Disk Utility window.

In the left pane of the Disk Utility window, click the drive you want to erase.

In the right pane of the Disk Utility window, click the Erase tab.
From the Volume Format drop-down menu, select Mac OS Extended (Journaled).

In the Name field, highlight the existing text and type the name the hard drive is to be called after it’s formatted.
NOTE: If you ever plan to connect another computer running OS 9 to this hard drive, you’ll want to install the Mac OS 9 disk driver, so that this disk will be visible from an OS 9-booted computer. If you don’t know if you will do this in the future, it’s best to install these drivers.

The following are the available security options:

Don’t Erase Data—This option only rewrites the headers on the disk. Files can be recovered by forensics, disk utilities, and other advanced recovery software.
Zero Out Data—There are forensics utilities that, albeit expensive and time consuming, can retrieve zeroed-out data.
7-Pass Erase—This is considered sufficient by government standards to erase data from a disk. It writes random data over the disk seven times. It may take several hours or more to complete this process.
35-Pass Erase—This makes it absolutely impossible to regain any data off the drive. This option takes an extremely long time, possibly more than one day.

Click the radio button in front of 7-Pass Erase (recommended by UD).
Click OK.
Click Erase.
Confirm you want to erase. The program will unmount the volume, partition the drive, and rename the volume to the name you typed in step #7 above.

Hope This Helps.


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Posted: January 1, 2013 in Uncategorized