HDD failure, Can Apple Care replace it outside of my laptop?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by djuzi05, Jun 28, 2011.

  1. djuzi05 macrumors regular

    Jun 28, 2011
    Hey guys,
    My OEM HDD recently crashed out of nowhere (late 2010 17" MBP). I do have apple care. Unfortunately, I go to school outside of the States and won't be near an apple store until August. I did replace the HDD with something temporary, Hitachi 500GB Traverstar that cost me $160 (HDD are scarce here and customs charge 100%):( . I had a 500GB 7200RPM Hitachi in there originally.

    I was wondering if I could just bring the bare HDD to the apple store and possibly get a replacement? Or do I have to put it back in my laptop? Or would they even replace it at all?
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    I doubt they'd swap it outside of your machine. You'd almost certainly have to put it back in.

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