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SSD Upgrade on MBP 15" Retina


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I've had my MBP 15" Retina since May 3, and I'm already thinking I might need more HD space. My iTunes library is 51GB, and I have a 40GB Windows 7 Boot Camp partition (for many programs I still use that are Windows-only, such as MIDI control and music synthesizer programming programs, as well as a few older games I still like to play that are Windoze-only). At the moment, I'm not short on space, but I can certainly see myself running out of space at some point in the near-future.

My questions for the Mac Forum gurus are:

1) Can an iTunes library be safely copied to an external HD and used as the default iTunes library location?

2) Can Apple upgrade (or remove and install a new, larger-capacity) the SSD drive? If so, what do they charge for this?

3) As an alternative, can an authorized Apple service center install a new SSD? Would there be a good reason to go this route over having Apple do it?

TIA for any info!

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Some answers....

1. Yes, you can move your iTunes library to an external hard drive and use it as the default. Instructions are here.

2. I don't know if Apple would replace the SSD for you, however, they will replace hard drives for a fee. You would have to ask them directly what they charge for the service. Having said that, Other World Computing sells a replaceable SSD for the Retina and includes instructions. I believe you could probably do the job yourself. And no, I do not know if that would void your warranty. (Before you ask.)

3. Authorized Apple Service center - same as 2. above.
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Some answers....

1. Yes, you can move your iTunes library to an external hard drive and use it as the default. Instructions are here.

2. I don't know if Apple would replace the SSD for you, however, they will replace hard drives for a fee. You would have to ask them directly what they charge for the service. Having said that, Other World Computing sells a replaceable SSD for the Retina and includes instructions. I believe you could probably do the job yourself. And no, I do not know if that would void your warranty. (Before you ask.)

3. Authorized Apple Service center - same as 2. above.
Chscag,

Thanks for the reply! I will try #1, and look into #2 or #3. I guess I should've paid extra for a 500 or 750GB SSD in the first place.

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