Of course it didn’t go smoothly. Two screws were hopelessly stuck and all attempts to remove them left me with sore fingers and stripped screw heads. I ended up having to drill the two screws out, with very minimal damage sustained (can a laptop sustain minimal damage?). And now that I have it all apart I still can’t get the hard drive bracket off the hard drive. But iFixIt sells hard drive brackets, so I may not worry about that.
If all goes well I’ll have a new, slightly better hard drive for $120. Sure beats the $310 Apple would have charged. And sure beats the $1,099 for a new laptop (contrary to some reports, we didn’t just rush out and buy a new laptop within the hour). Though I still don’t have it back together and running smoothly yet, so don’t rule that out the brand new laptop. And I suppose with a three year old laptop getting a new one is going to come sooner rather than later. I’m just trying to forestall it a bit.
I feel a bit like Dr. Frankenstein. I’ll let you know how the reanimation goes.