New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

Start a Discussion

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

Join the conversation RSS
Apple Notebooks Apple's notebook computers including MacBook Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, PowerBook, and iBook.

Can i move my HDD from my current MBP Nov 2006 model to new 13" MBP?

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

Thread Tools

Member Since: Jul 20, 2009
Posts: 5
gregoriusness is on a distinguished road

gregoriusness is offline
hey all,

I've decided to finally upgrade my aging MacBook Pro (Nov 2006 Intel 2.33Ghz Core 2 Duo) to a spanking new 13" MBP.

I have recently installed Snow Leopard from scratch on my MBP, and have also upgraded the hard drive to a 7200rpm 320gb Hitachi drive, which is way better than what's available in the MBP by default.

My question is this: How difficult would it be to pull the HDD out of my current MBP, and put it into the new one? Can anybody advise what its like (physically) to switch a HDD on a new MBP? The old one was pretty tough, but i managed... hoping the new one is easier. Also, would I void my warranty by doing this?

And what about the software side... is OSX likely to fall in a heap cos of differnet hardware etc, or is it smart enough to realise that there's new hardware and install drivers as needed?

I'm hoping i can make an easy switch, and therefore not have to worry about reinstalling everything (which took ages just a few weeks ago)... and at the same time get the advantage of my fast 7200rpm drive in the new MBP.

Any advice would be appreciated.

thanks heaps
QUOTE Thanks

Member Since: Dec 07, 2009
Posts: 10
drtech is an unknown at this point
Mac Specs: MacBook Pro 17" HD

drtech is offline

The new Unibody MBP are a bit simpler to get to the hard drive than the older MBP design. You can find a guide at iFixit (Installing MacBook Pro 15" Unibody 2.53 GHz Mid 2009 Hard Drive Replacement - iFixit). Additionally, because you are moving drives between two Intel Macs, it should boot up normally. Macs aren't as tied to installing individual drivers as Windows machines are.

The issue (if you consider it one) lies with the warranty. Opening the Mac will most likely void your warranty on your new Mac. There is also a "void type" sticker inside the new Mac over the battery which must be moved to get to the hard drive. This is likely to show that the Mac has been opened.


Data Recovery Technician
Specialized Mac Data Recovery
*Use the information provided in this post at your own risk without any warranties, expressed or implied.
QUOTE Thanks

Member Since: Jul 20, 2009
Posts: 5
gregoriusness is on a distinguished road

gregoriusness is offline
Hey all,

Just thought i'd post an update. Last night i got my new MacBook Pro, and performed the harddrive transplant procedure.

The hardest thing about the whole thing was opening and closing the old (2006) MBP - it's very fiddly. The new one was a breeze - just unscrew about 8 screws, and the harddrive is right there - simple as pie. Also there were no warranty voiding stickers to remove, so i believe my warranty should still be intact... there was, however, a warranty voiding sticker on the battery, so it seems apple don't want people replacing batteries on their own.

As far as the software goes... there was nothign to it. The machine booted up as normal, and worked as normal. No driver updates, no weirdness at all - it just worked. This is yet another reason why I love Macs.

That was a massive time saver for me as I'd recenlty rebuilt my machine, so being able to just switch the HDD over to a new MBP is just wonderful.

Thanks for the advice Jeff... and hope this helps others out there in a similar situation.

QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

« MBP won't start up, slow processing problems | Windows 7 and backlight »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Starter
Last Post
Best External HDD for MBP 13" Madwolf24 Other Hardware and Peripherals 4 06-27-2009 12:30 PM
My Macbook is attempting to authenticate with my school's domain w/o authorization walmartconnect Internet, Networking, and Wireless 19 03-17-2009 05:48 PM
Intro and some problems. USMCcelica Apple Notebooks 14 11-20-2008 12:58 AM
Problems with MySQL scorpionbilli Web Design and Hosting 18 04-29-2008 07:07 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:26 AM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Welcome to

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!

(4 digit year)

Already a member?