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    MBP HDD in a Macbook?
    Hi

    Not sure where to search to have this question answered, but here goes.

    I'll probably purchase a 13" mbp tomorrow, with the 160gb HDD. I have a 2008 macbook which currently has a 500gb HDD.

    Can I just swap the two hard drives without any problems? I'm guessing I'll have to re-install on both, but i'm not too worried about that

    I Just want to make sure that hardware-wise it's possible

    THanks!

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    I believe if the computers are contemporary, then there shouldn't be a problem.

    I suspect that you're right about having to re-instal OSX on each though due to the hardware in each being different.

    Give it a shot though and see if it boots up. If it were me, I WOULD install a fresh copy.

    iFixit are a good guide if you're not sure what to do, if you are, then 'fill your boots'.

    Good luck.
    Mac Junkie
    - MacBook Pro 2.4, 500Gb, 4Gb
    - MacBook Air (wife's), - iPad 2 64Gb
    - 2 x iPod Touch 32Gb and iPhones 3GS 32Gb

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    I believe you will have to reinstall OS X. The drivers uses by each machine will be different. Reinstallation will put the correct drivers on your drive.

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    Thanks

    I've never done a OS X install, however it can't be harder than a Windows install right? I've reinstalled Windows so many times, I can't imagine OS X would be harder or even all that different for that matter

    Basically, just follow the instructions?

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    Just follow the instructions. Its a lot easier than it seems.

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    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrya View Post
    Just follow the instructions. Its a lot easier than it seems.
    I've installed MS DOS, Windows 3.1, 3.11, Win95, Win98, Win2000 and Win XP.

    OS X is the easiest operating system to install in all the above. It is a doddle.

    It's truly as he says above - just follow the instructions.
    Mac Junkie
    - MacBook Pro 2.4, 500Gb, 4Gb
    - MacBook Air (wife's), - iPad 2 64Gb
    - 2 x iPod Touch 32Gb and iPhones 3GS 32Gb

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