MacBook Pro 13" hard drive cable replacement
I recently bought a second hand MBP (out of warranty), but after having it for only 2 weeks it suddenly stopped working. The screen came up with the dreaded flashing folder with a question mark. Wouldn't boot as it couldn't find the drive with the OS. Thought perhaps the hard drive had died, but a mate at work tested it and it was fine. He suggested I try ifixit if I wanted to attempt the repair myself, instead of paying a fortune to have it looked at. Found others had similar symptoms to me and the solution was to replace the hard drive cable. Ordered the part and it arrived on my doorstep (in New Zealand) 6 days later.
The instructions on the ifixit website were extremely easy to follow, and it only took 15 minutes to do the entire replacement. Would have been quicker if it were not for one stubborn screw that needed a little persausion to come out. Booted the MBP after completing the replacement and it works beautifully, as if nothing was ever wrong with it. All my files/photos/music where there just as they should have been.
Definitely worth doing the research to see if others have experienced similar problems and to see if you can fix it yourself. The step-by-step instruction would give me confidence to try other repairs/upgrades myself rather than paying for some repair shop to do it. Thanks ifixit, great website.