Taking apart my first computer

By: Simon Betancurth

I've never taken a computer apart before. I've taken radios apart, Gamecube Controllers, and small little electronics. But taking apart an early 2011 Macbook Pro given to me by my mentor/ father figure (Thanks again pops) has filled this hole of wanting to take things apart and put something new in it and then putting it all back together.


Step 1: Removing the screws

Step 1

First, I removed all the screws on the bottom of the laptop.

10 screws must be replaced in total: 

  • 7 small phillips screws
  • 3 long philip screws

Step 2: Remove the bottom cover.

Step 2

Next, I removed the bottom cover and took out 2 black tri wing screws, one long and one small. 

Then, I disconnected the motherboard from the battery and removed the old battery from the laptop.


Step 3: Removing the old battery and cleaning.

step 3

Then, I removed the old battery altogether and made sure the inside and of the laptop and the new battery were clean.


Step 4: Showing off the new battery.

Step 4

Take a look at the new battery!

Note: I used a refurbished battery from Apple, rather than going with a third party solution.


Step 5: Putting the new battery in.

Step 5

After placing the new battery in the right spot, I screwed it in and reconnected the motherboard.


Step 6: Attaching the bottom cover.

Step 6

Lastly, I attached the bottom cover with the screws I took out in the first step, recharged the battery and turned the computer on.


It felt so satisfying to quickly take apart and fix my old Macbook Pro. The experience was similar to when I modify my Gamecube controllers. Of the projects I've done in the past, this project has been the most fun by far and the first big step into my life in taking things apart and making them my own!

Credit to ifixit for providing me with a guide and tools to complete this project.