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How to pull stuck hard drive sleds from the Mac Pro Desktop Macs
I've been swapping hard drives in my Mac Pro a lot lately, and they kept getting more and more difficult to pull out once they'd been soundly seated, to the point where I was in danger of bending the lip of the sled.

I was about to experiment with lubricating the things with a little graphite or similar, when I discovered that they slide out much more easily if you reach both hands inside the Mac and pull gently and evenly on the far edge of the drive itself.
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How to pull stuck hard drive sleds from the Mac Pro
Authored by: chrisrosa on May 22, '08 07:40:47AM

Good tip... I recently had to insert and remove a bunch of sleds and my knuckles were beginning to take a beating. I'll try this out today! Thanks!



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How to pull stuck hard drive sleds from the Mac Pro
Authored by: mm2270 on May 22, '08 02:39:54PM

I'll have to remember this as well. I still have scars on my fingers from a previous attempt at removing a drive sled on one our Mac Pros.
Despite the fact that they can be a little hard to pull out, I'll take them any day over the older G5 tower drives. Those were even worse.



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How to pull stuck hard drive sleds from the Mac Pro
Authored by: Auricchio on May 22, '08 05:30:41PM

Not graphite! That's conductive!

Silicone would be the way to go if you need to lubricate the sled.

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How to pull stuck hard drive sleds from the Mac Pro
Authored by: tatsu@tikeda.com on May 22, '08 08:06:23PM

I use another empty sled, clasp or hook the front ends together and pull. That's the best way. I borrowed the technique from Apple's takeapart of the Mac Pro, to shimmy the front fans, you are actually supposed to use a PCI slot cover much in the same way.



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Never use graphite
Authored by: Chas on May 23, '08 07:29:49PM

Don't ever EVER EVER use graphite to lubricate parts that are near electronics. Graphite is an electrical conductor, albeit weak and with a high resistance. You do not want graphite dust getting into electronic components, it could cause shorts or other electronic damage.



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