Breathing New Life Into An Old Macbook Pro

14 Jan

2008-macbook-proYesterday a colleague of mine was looking to unload a late 2008 Macbook Pro that suffered from a catastrophic hard drive failure. I got lucky because I could buy it cheap and replace a couple of components that would make this 2008 machine outrun my 2012 Macbook Air.

What Needs Replacing

  • The Macbook housing is scratched to shit and needs replacing.
  • The hard drive is small, and dead. Needs replacing.
  • The battery is flashing “Replace Soon” in OSX. Needs replacing.
  • The OS needs a clean install of Yosemite.

Replacing the Hard Drive

In order to replace the hard drive, I first had to go and buy a regular old laptop drive. That’s right! These old Macbooks support user replaceable drives. The drive I picked up is an ADATA SX900 256GB SSD.

I then simply followed this tutorial by iFixit, and was off to the races.

Replacing the Battery

The battery in this Macbook was reporting to the OS that it was going to fail soon, but no matter! A new battery for this particular model of Macbook Pro is only $39.99 CAD! I picked mine up from

Once the battery came in, it was super easy to replace. Simply lift the tab on the back of the Macbook and remove the bottom plate. The old battery should simply lift out of the Macbook and replace it with the new one.

Just like that for a couple hundred dollars, you can breathe new life into an older Macbook Pro.