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    Macbook hard drive swap?

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    Macbook hard drive swap?
    Is it possible to swap the hard drive of a 13" macbook (aluminium unibody) running snow leopard, and a macbook pro 13" running Snow Leopard with no problems ?

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    Macbook hard drive swap?
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    If either one of them have SL that shipped with the machine, probably not going to be a hassle free transition as the drivers for the other hardware will not be there.
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    Macbook hard drive swap?

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    Thanks for the reply. The only hardware differences that I know of are the mbpro has a firewire port and sd card slot (and sd ram is expandable to 8 rather than4). Also the original unibody macbooks did not ship with leopard, I upgraded it. If I was to sell the 13" aluminium macbook (keep the hard drive), and buy a new 13" mbp (I need firewire), could I put my old hard drive straight into the new MBP and boot straight from that? Would the hardware differences cause any problems?

    Thanks for the help

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    You could leave the core OS alone and use a Time Machine backup to restore user accounts, settings, applications, etc. to the new machine. This would be the easiest way to get into the new machine.

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    Macbook hard drive swap?

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    thanks for the time machine idea. If I just try the swap can I do any damage to the data on either of the hard drives? If it doesnt work too well I can always swap back? thanks

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    I don't think it is going to damage the data it will likely just not function properly if my experiences have been any indication. I haven't done this in a while though so perhaps others can chime in here with more recent experiences.
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    Macbook hard drive swap?
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    SL to SL should not be a problem. I have done it a few times without issue. when restoring the Time Machine backup you have choices on what you want to restore.

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