Hard drive swap question?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Johnner1999, Nov 4, 2009.

  1. Johnner1999 macrumors member

    Oct 2, 2003
    I have a brand new (or almost new) hard drive taken from a MacBook Pro 13 (n9400) that I had for a short time and well it became "destroyed" no fault to itself...

    I have a older Mac Mini (Core Duo 1.83 i950) that works fine but the HD is toast...

    Can I install the good drive from my MBP into the Mini and start it up and have it work just fine? Or does Apple not install older drivers in its factory install?

    Thanks in advance...
  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    I can't promise you nothing because MBP and Mini uses different drivers. If you reinstall OS X then it'll work 100%
  3. Badger^2 macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2009
    since they are both intel, they should work fine.

    Try booting before you put it back together.

    Or, if you want, pickup a cheap (under $10) 2.5" USB case, put the MBP drive in that, then boot the mini from it.

    If it works, then no reason it cant go inside.

    You know, a good 320 gig 2.5" 5400 rpm drive is only about $50...
  4. Johnner1999 thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 2, 2003
    thanks for the info...

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