HDD swap from 2009 core duo to 2010 core i5

rkalsow

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Jun 10, 2012
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Fluid spill kiilled my late 2009 17-in core duo 2.8 GHz. HDD survivied. Bought an early 2010 refurbished 15-in core i5 but it only has a 500GB HDD and I have a terebyte HDD with 800GB used. Can I just install the old drive in the new MacBook Pro and will it boot, or will it be missing drivers? I have a complete Time Machine backup, but I don't want to reformat the 1TB HDD as I will lose everything from my Windows Bootcamp partition the was NOT backed up. Old HDD has Snow Leopard 10.6.8 What is the cleanest way to get up and running?
 

rygamble

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Feb 1, 2012
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Fluid spill kiilled my late 2009 17-in core duo 2.8 GHz. HDD survivied. Bought an early 2010 refurbished 15-in core i5 but it only has a 500GB HDD and I have a terebyte HDD with 800GB used. Can I just install the old drive in the new MacBook Pro and will it boot, or will it be missing drivers? I have a complete Time Machine backup, but I don't want to reformat the 1TB HDD as I will lose everything from my Windows Bootcamp partition the was NOT backed up. Old HDD has Snow Leopard 10.6.8 What is the cleanest way to get up and running?
I'm pretty sure Mac OS X has all the drivers you need in every release to make an operation like this as painless as possible. I don't think the same can be said for Windows, though.
 

ayeying

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Dec 5, 2007
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If you're at the latest software (10.7.4) then you can literally put it in with no problems and boot it up. Windows, I'm not 100% sure.
 
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