Can I put a mid-2010 SATA drive in my mid-2012 MBP?

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  1. indiadawwg macrumors newbie

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    The hard drive on my mid-2012 Macbook Pro 13" recently failed. I have drive from a mid-2010 model in an external case, so I tried to swap it in, but the machine would not boot. Instead, I got the blinking question mark. Am I missing something, or is the drive incompatible with the newer machine?
     
  2. mbosse macrumors regular

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    It is compatible, for sure. Did you try holding the ALT button on start-up?
     
  3. indiadawwg thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks. I think maybe I would need to reinstall the OS....? It came directly out of the 2010 machine.
     
  4. mbosse macrumors regular

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    Yes, if that 2010 machine ran on an (older) OS which is not supported by the 2012 machine.
     
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    Turns out that the disk cable was bad. After the second failure I took it to a technician, who put in a new cable. He told me that both my drive and the cable were bad, however. That seemed unlikely, so I put the old drive in an external case and checked for myself. Sure enough, there doesn't seem to be anything wrong with it. So now I have my 2010 machine's drive in my MBP and the 2012 machine's drive in a case! Works for now.
     

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