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At first I didn’t understand why I needed to transfer the screws from the old drive to the new one. Then I figured out that the screws are used as pegs to keep the drive in place.
Also, the software side of things confused me until I found ifixit.com’s video on copying the old drive to the new one. On YouTube it is titled “How to Transfer Your Mac’s Data to a New Hard Drive SSD”.
ifixit.com has some amazing tutorials. Thanks! I can’t believe I’m running the latest OS version on my mid 2012 Macbook Pro!
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Yes, buying the kit and components from ifixit made the process so much less complicated. I also replaced my hard drive while I had the computer open. Both hardware replacements were so much easier than dealing with the software part of things.
I used the spudger to gently ease the battery connector out. I then placed a q-tip between the connector and it’s socket to avoid making an accidental connection. A toothpick or some other soft stick might also work.
To keep track of screws, I used the suggestions above by taping a photo of the lower case to a piece of corrugated cardboard and inserting/taping the screws in place. Also, as some have noted, the screws go back in at a slight angle; they are angled toward the center of the unit.