An apple Genius told me upgrading your hard drive will void warranty????

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by EAH22, Oct 20, 2006.

  1. EAH22 macrumors member

    Jul 12, 2006
    Huh, I was under the impression you can upgrade your hard drive and memory on your macbook and not void you warranty, I also could have sworn that it was posted on the apple website or the manual or something.

    Also the genius told me that if you installed a hard drive from another macbook (I had a macbook die on me so I just put the hard drive in from the dead one into the new one) that it would screw things up because it needs to have the firmware updated? Huh?? what if it had all the latest firmware updates, that doesnt make sense to me can someone shed some light on this. I have my old big macbook hard drive I want to install into my new macbook but I dont feel like doing a clean erase and install.

    EDIT by using an old hard drive i mean using a hard drive that already has the mac os installed. So not clean installing.

    Thanks :)
  2. puckhead193 macrumors G3


    May 25, 2004
    i know you can add ram without void your warranty, not sure about the HD though
  3. meepm00pmeep macrumors 6502


    Sep 20, 2006
    yah, the manual shows you how to install RAM so i know that won't void your warranty, i'm wondering about the HDD though... i wonder if it gets upgraded at the Apple store if it would void it though
  4. suneohair macrumors 68020


    Aug 27, 2006
    what is up with the geniuses these days?

    I doubt it voids the warranty considering it is a user replaceable part. A good rule is to keep your original parts in case you need to get it serviced.
  5. EAH22 thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 12, 2006
    well... either way I cannot understand how switching a hard drive between macbooks would do anything. I am not saying that I am right, I would like someone prove me wrong or prove me right. When you install hard drive froma foreign macbook what the hell difference does it make, its a macbook.

    Does the firmware install somewhere else besides the hard drive? Is that why it would make a difference. Honestly I do not understand how an update would not travel with the hard drive unless firmware updates somewhere else if that is the case I would love someone to shed some light on this:)
  6. negatv1 macrumors 6502

    Aug 12, 2005
    Nonsense. I bought a Hitachi 160gb for my macbook from, no problems, no magic firmware needed.
  7. EAH22 thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 12, 2006

    What I mean is for example if you took your hard drive out of your macbook and stuck it in a new macbook. The genius told me that it would be messed up but I have done it before and it ran fine, but the macbook I had did die on me so I just want to make sure that wasnt the reason for it.
  8. Nuc macrumors 6502a


    Jan 20, 2003
    If you go to apples support website you will see a manual on how to replace your HD Link. The genius is full of crap.... Hell print this out and take it to him. Then he won't be telling other people that it voids the warranty.

    Read the top of the pdf and this will answer you questions..

  9. HowEver macrumors 6502a


    May 10, 2005
  10. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    I've seen a rash of Apple Geniuses getting warranty info majorly wrong lately. If it's a DIY part you're not going to void your warranty unless a piece of third party hard is the culprit to damaging the hardware. That or you fudge up the installation.
  11. imacintel macrumors 68000

    Mar 12, 2006
    I thought the title was An apple genius told me to go **** off :eek:
  12. EAH22 thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 12, 2006
    Thanks, I will print it out for him and put in bold letters PWNED.

    He was cool and replaced it for me anyway, but I dont like being told BS.

  13. bob5820 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 23, 2006
    35°0′36″N 80°40′45″W (35.0
    I believe that in most states when it comes to warranties the OEM would need to show that the part the user installed was responsible for the failure. This would be like Chevy not honoring your warranty because you put in an after-market radio. A similar discussion came up on a car forum I used to read about installing after-market engine mapping chips and if they voided your warranty. The consensus was that the dealer would need to prove that the chip caused the malfunction.

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