How to Remove the Casing From a Mac

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The process of removing the casing from a Macintosh computer varies depending on which model you are using. For example, a MacBook will need to be taken apart much differently than a Mac Pro. This tutorial covers information on how to open up a MacBook, MacBook Pro and Mac Pro.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver

Opening the Mac Pro Case

  • Locate the lever. On the Mac Pro, there is a lever that needs to be positioned correctly in order to remove the case. The lever is rectangular in shape, positioned vertically, and sits flush with the face of the back panel.

  • Flip the lever. Apply pressure on the top portion of the lever with your thumb. This will cause the bottom portion of the lever to pop outward from the case. Pull out on the bottom portion until you feel a light snap. This is a sign that the locking mechanism has been released. The lever should stay in the outward position that it is currently in.

  • Fold down the side panel. The removable side panel is located on the same side of the Mac Pro as the lever. You may have to lift the panel up slightly and pull outward to release it from the rest of the case. The side panel should now be completely free and positioned where you can easily lift it away from the rest of the case.

Opening the MacBook Pro Case

  • Make sure that the screen is flipped down and closed. Then flip the computer so that it is upside down--with the base facing upward and the screen facing downward--on a clean, flat surface.

  • Locate and remove screws. There are a total of 10 screws on the bottom of the MacBook Pro, all located near the edge. Three of the screws, located in the upper right corner on the hinge side of the MacBook Pro, will be slightly longer than the others. Be sure to take note of which holes these screws came out of. Remove all 10 screws.

  • Remove the bottom case. Starting at the hinge side, take a firm grip on the bottom case of the MacBook Pro and pull up. The case should just pop off.

Opening the MacBook Case

  • Make sure that the screen is flipped down and closed. Then flip the MacBook so that it is upside down--with the base facing upward and the screen facing downward--on a clean, flat surface.

  • Remove the battery. This can be done with any coin, though a nickel works best. There is a round, slotted-looking piece located just to the left of the battery. It is marked with a picture of a closed lock and an opened lock. Insert the coin into the slot and twist the lock until it is positioned next to the opened lock picture. The battery should pop up. Lift up on the battery to remove it and set it aside.

  • Remove the memory cover. There is an L-shaped memory cover located along the two inner sides of the rectangular-shaped battery bay. Unscrew the memory cover's four screws to release it. Three of the screws are located along the wide side of the battery bay, and one screw is located along the short side of the battery bay (facing the lock). Pull the L-shaped bracket outward and place it to the side.

Tips & Warnings

  • Removing the case from iMacs, MacBook Airs and Mac Minis is somewhat more difficult. Apple does not recommend that users do this on their own. Doing so may void your warranty.

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