Hard drive Swap ~ Will it work?

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  1. kinsale macrumors newbie

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    I currently have an old white Macbook (1.83GHz) that I recently put a new 7200 rpm 500GB hard drive in. It has Snow Leopard on it.

    I am buying today a new 13 inch Macbook Pro with a 250GB 5400rpm drive.

    My question is can I simply swap the drives and everything will work or will I need to reformat one or both and re install the OS.

    thanks
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    You can always try but because they have different components thus different drivers, it might not work
     
  3. spinnerlys Guest

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    You can swap the drives, but the 500GB HDD with an older Mac OS X version on it (?) might not work with the MBP. If it works, be sure to update both Macs to have the latest drivers.
     
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  6. CSHawkeye81 macrumors member

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    It should work, but have you filled up that 500gb drive yet? If not have you thought of using the 250gb to do time machine and then a clean install on that drive??
     
  7. Gomff macrumors 6502a

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    There's a pretty good chance that it will work. When my Macbook Pro developed a logic board fault I was able to boot to the system that was installed on it from another Mac via a firewire cable, and was hence able to get my files off it and whatnot before sending it in for repair. I've l also had success booting from system backups made on different systems with Superduper so I think it will probably work.

    Put it this way, there's no harm trying, biggest risk is probably getting the hard drive out of the old macbook.
     

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