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Hard drive failure - can I use a new one?


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Hi all.

My friend's Macbook Pro's hard drive has failed. Is it possible to buy them a new hard drive and install the appropriate OS on it?

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Yes, it's possible. Make sure you purchase the correct drive. It has to be a SATA drive 2.5" x 9.5 mm. Can be either 5400 RPM or 7200 RPM.
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Thanks for the quick reply & welcoming me.

I have a very dumb question and it will just show that I'm a Windows user. haha
I have installed plenty of Windows versions on hard drives using CDs and ISOs.

Would there be a way to download OSX off of the Mac website? I don't want to do anything illegal.


Thanks for dealing with my very newbie questions!
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If you do not want to do anything illegal go and purchase Mac OS X.6 Snow Leopard as there is simply no way to download the OS unless through pirate sites.

Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!
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The last time I checked Snow Leopard was $29 so not that costly.

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