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I have purchased a replacement macbook (core 2 duo 2GHz) for one which has a broken chassis and screen, and would like to retain the old OS and applications in the new one.

Is it possible to remove the hard drive of the broken laptop (it is still in working order) and put it in the replacement laptop? The two laptops are the same model. I know that Windows is locked to the specific hardware configuration but am not experienced with OS X.

If this cannot be done, what method can be used to transfer applications and user data? I had purchased a copy of Leopard 10.5 for my old laptop, but the replacement one still contains the copy of Tiger 10.4 which came standard with the machine.

One of the primary reasons I would like to retain the old hard drive is that it has many applications which I am not want to reinstall and reconfigure, including an install of Windows XP using Parallels.

Thanks in advance.
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