I've been lurking around here a bit since I plan on buying a MBP when the June update comes around, and I noticed a fair bit of postings saying that upgrading the hard drive will void the warranty. My plans are to buy a base MBP from MacMall with Vista Ultimate via Boot Camp, eventually putting in 4GB of RAM and a 320GB HDD. Obviously I wouldn't want to do that if the entire laptop would not be covered under warranty afterwards, so I went to Apple's site and to their chat. The first person was completely useless telling me that they only recommend an external hard drive, and she started out trying to get me to buy a Time Capsule. The second agent, however, gave me the answer I wanted. You are chatting with Josh, an Apple Expert Hi, my name is Josh. Welcome to Apple! Josh: Welcome back! You: Hey, I have a question about upgrading the harddrive of a Macbook Pro. More specifically, how it could be done without voiding the warranty. An external drive or Time Capsule aren't options I'm looking to. Josh: One moment while I research that for you. Josh: I see, the online store doesn't offer internal hard drives. Josh: However... You: Western Digital has a 320GB 5400RPM drive that I know people have used. Josh: I see, you can contact local service providers to see if they provide a option. Josh: You can check out apple.com/buy for a store locater You: There is only one Mac reseller near me, but they are more or less a music store and studio, I don't think they can do any sort of repairs or upgrades. You: I know someone who owns a computer repair shop, but I'd assume that the warranty would still be voided letting him do the upgrade. Josh: I see, have you contacted AppleCare on this issue? You: No, I don't own a Macbook Pro yet, just looking ahead. Josh: Let me explain... Josh: The drive won't void your warranty, but it won't be covered by AppleCare and any damage done during installation will not be covered. You: Oh, is that how it is? Installation does not void anything, just damages aren't covered and any problems caused by the drive aren't covered? Josh: That's correct, also, the hard drive it self is not covered. You: Some users on a Mac forum said that if the laptop was sent in for repairs that they would not cover anything on it because the label on the battery (which shows what the laptop came with) would show different parts. Josh: I see. You: Ok then. I'm glad that's how the warranty is - gives the end users a lot more freedom. =) You: Thanks a lot. Josh: When will you be needing your new MacBook Pro? You: Probably not until the June update. Josh: Not a problem. [Notice there isn't any response to me mentioning the June update?] You: Have a good one dude. Josh: You too! So there we have it.