17" MacBook Pro Hard drive replacement...

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by stevenb, May 8, 2012.

  1. macrumors member

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    Well, after five years the old hard drive is on its way out. I have a new Seagate 750GB 7200 rpm to replace the 200GB one. I need to replace both fans anyway as they are loud, and going to replace the thermal compound as well. Basically, going to go through it. Hope it works when I am done. I now have Lion as my OS and no disc obviously as it was downloaded.

    So, do I just replace the hard drive and install Snow Leopard, and then Lion afterwards? I have the hard drive backed up on a Time Capsule, but does it back-up the OS (i.e. Lion).

    My iMac hard drive just failed under warranty and the Apple Store put Lion back on it when they returned it. So, I did not have to do any re-install of the OS. I just restored everything else off the Time Capsule.

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    mgartner0622

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    Yes, the time capsule basically clones the hard drive. If you start up from your Snow Leopard disk and restore from a time machine backup, it will be basically identical to how you left it before replacing the hard drive.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the quick reply. I am hoping it will be that easy. Not a huge deal to install Lion again, but just more time. I will let you know after this weekend. Hope it starts up after the surgery.
     

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