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  1. #1

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    Jun 15, 2011
    Hard drive failure - can I use a new one?
    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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    chscag's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 23, 2008
    Keller, Texas
    2017 27" iMac, 10.5" iPad Pro, iPhone 6s+, iPhone 7+, Numerous iPods, High Sierra
    Welcome to the Mac Forums.

    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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    Member Since
    Jun 15, 2011
    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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    harryb2448's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    iMac, i7 4GHz, 32GB memory, 1TB PCI-e storgae StOS X.13.3
    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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    Jan 07, 2008
    In Denial
    16Gb Mac Mini 2012, 13" MBA, 15" MacBook Pro OSX 10.7, 32 GB iPhone 3GS, iPad2 64gb 3G
    The last time I checked Snow Leopard was $29 so not that costly.
    I've always wanted to be smart, handsome and modest. But, I guess I'll have to be satisfied with two out of three . . .

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