Change Hard Drive/Disk broken

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  1. kovan94 macrumors newbie

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    I have aMacBook Pro 2009 15"
    the hard disk doesn't work anymore. Let me explain, I still can turn on the Mac, but the only thing that works is OS X Recovery. I tried everything but I can't format or restore the hard disk. The hard disk still show up in the recovery menu, but I can't do anything, can't even format/restore/ for some reason.
    So I decided to change hard disk.

    What will happen after I changed hard disk?
    Will i still be able to acces to OS X?
    Do I need to install the Os again? Because I lost the CDs.
    It's a easy task? From the guide that I saw looks easy, should I try by my self?
     

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  2. awests macrumors regular

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    1. Do you have a backup?

    2. If so, then replace the hard disk in the laptop, and boot into recovery mode and restore the system from the backup.

    3. If you do not have a backup, replace disk, and boot into internet recovery mode.

    Replacing the disk is easy, just need a couple screw drivers and some guides online (ifixit should have all of it for you).
     
  3. kovan94 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    No. I don't have backup but I don't really care. Thank you so much for your reply. I will replace HD tomorrow and proceed with the internet recovery

    :)
     
  4. Richdmoore macrumors 68000

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    I am not 100% sure, but I think your Mac is too old to have the internet recovery option.

    You should be able to either use another Mac to make a recovery usb drive, or contact apple to order a replacement disc of the original operating system.
     
  5. kovan94 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Can Anyone confirm? :(

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    MacBook Pro 15" 2009
    A1286
     
  6. Weaselboy Moderator

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    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4904

    Your MacBook does not have Internet recovery. You are going to need either a Snow Leopard DVD installer or access to another Mac to download Mavericks and make yourself a USB key installer.
     
  7. kovan94 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ok thank you :)
    Tips for buying new HD?
    Don't want to spend too much because I will use my MBP only for few years
    2.5 for 9.5mm sata right?
     
  8. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    9.5mm SATA yes, either 5400rpm or 7200rpm drive. you could also consider a hybrid/SSD drive if you so choose (much much faster).

    as previously stated, you will require the install CD or USB based drive.
     
  9. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Yes, it is just a standard SATA laptop drive. One of these would be a direct replacement.
     
  10. niteflyr macrumors 6502a

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    When you buy the new drive, pick up an ext. USB drive enclosure or dock. Then boot to recovery and install OSX on the new drive first, then swap the drives.
     
  11. kovan94 thread starter macrumors newbie

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