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Can I use SSD Samsung 850 EVO , 250gb in Macbook Mid-2010 (Macbook 7.1) without mounting screws? I got a brand new SSD but without mounting screws. There are mounting screws on my HDD currently, but I can't pull them out of it, because I don't have a screwdriver.

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You can run your Mac with the SSD unmounted, but it is HIGHLY DISCOURAGED. This is because:

  • The connection can come lose, which will cause kernel panics and data loss
  • Could also harm the SSD if it bounces around in the case
  • Movement could cause damage to internal components, such as connections.

The best thing to do is to mount the drive. Post a picture of the mounting screws, and someone here will point you to the right screwdriver. They're almost always cheap, and it's worth the money.

  • thanks. I bought a screwdriver and I can unscrew them now. – Vladimir Despotovic Mar 3 '16 at 17:59
  • I installed the SSD inside, using the mounting screws from the old hard drive. I can't install OSX on it. I tried using the bootable thumbdrive but I can't install it (see my other question: apple.stackexchange.com/questions/229435/…). – Vladimir Despotovic Mar 3 '16 at 19:51
  • I installed the SSD inside, using the mounting screws from the old hard drive. I can't install OSX on it. I tried using the bootable thumbdrive but I can't install it (see my other question: apple.stackexchange.com/questions/229435/…). I also tried installing an older versoin of OSX on it using the CD, and it says "OSX Can;t be installed on this computer" during the installation process, and I must restart computer or recover from time machine, which I don't have. – Vladimir Despotovic Mar 3 '16 at 19:52
  • So the older version I tried which throws "OSX Can't be installed on this computer" is 10.6.3, but it is not relevant, but nevertheless doesn't work either. – Vladimir Despotovic Mar 5 '16 at 14:30

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