I was following various guides for replacing the hard drive. However my mac does not seem to have the standard 2.5" SSD/SATA drive: see this screenshot:

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The black rectangular sections are too small to be 'normal' 2.5hdd's as can be seen here when comparing to the SSD:

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Does anyone know

  • what are those rectangular black compartments
  • how do I swap this (or another smaller?) SSD into the MBPro?
  • All the black compartments are the batteries.
    – Krasimir
    Commented Jul 16, 2016 at 4:27
  • OK thx I did not know that. Where is the hard drive? Commented Jul 16, 2016 at 4:35
  • Your MacBook Pro uses a flash memory module so you won't be able to fit a 2.5'' drive in. That is where it is positioned bit.ly/29BSSaA . And here you can see a guide on replacing it bit.ly/29VUATE .
    – Krasimir
    Commented Jul 16, 2016 at 4:43
  • @John Well that merits an awarded answer: so answer away please. Commented Jul 16, 2016 at 4:45
  • Love it. Four downvotes and no comments. It's lovely to be a low rep user on this forum. Commented Jul 27, 2016 at 1:50

1 Answer 1

  1. All the black compartments are the Li- Ion Polymer batteries which power your MacBook Pro.

  2. You won't be able to swap a 2.5'' drive in your Macbook because the Mid 2012 Retina models use a flash memory module.enter image description here Here you can see a guide to upgrading the SSD.

  • Thx for the answer. I'm not necessarily thrilled about the apparent cost (if even possible) to do the 512GB upgrade .. Commented Jul 16, 2016 at 5:02

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