Honestly, how hard is it to install a internal hard drive in a MBP?

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  1. Skibsted macrumors regular

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    I just got the WD Scorpio and I'm pretty exited.
    I have seen a lot of threads in here about how easy is it to switch drives.
    I have looked a the iFixit guide and it looks pretty straight forward BUT, how hard is it honestly?

    I'm not a mac freak and I haven't done anything like this before. Should I be afraid or what?

    I'm only asking, cause I could pay around 250 dollars to get done in a certified store - but that's a lot of money.

    So guys, what do you say?

    Go or no go?
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    20-30 minutes tops. Easy.

    Make sure you have the correct sized screw drivers, don't rush, and ensure you keep track of the screws: I layed them out left to right as I removed them bunched according to step number.
     
  3. Skibsted thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the quick reply.
    I have bought the screw drivers from iFixit, so toolwise I should be all set.

    ok then, I'll do it but my heart rate will definately go up when I open up my baby:)
     
  4. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    Do yourself a favour and clone your excisting internal to the new internal first ( will need a enclosure ) & boot from it ,that way you can make sure all is ok before doing the swap
     
  5. chrono1081 macrumors 604

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    Nothing to be scared about. I install drives all day. Last night I installed 5 in my new raid enclosure :) Took 5 min tops.

    All you have to remember is touch the casing before you go fiddling around inside. This discharges static. Also just try not to bang a drive around, they are fairly sensitive. When you power on your mac it will ask to initialize your drive, just click "Yes" and your good to go. You can name it and whatever else you want to do with it.
     
  6. Skibsted thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah I have thought about that. How do I do specifically do that?
    Please keep in mind that I'm a noob when it comes to all of this.
    You say that I need an enclosure - how?
     
  7. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    You would have course need to buy the enclosure first,the site or where you bought the drive from should stock them,then its just a case of putting the new drive in the enclosure,get on google
    and download either carbon copy cloner or superduper follow the instructions to clone over to the drive,boot from it,take it out the enclosure and swap it for the old drive,which you then put into the enclosure so you have a nice new external for the price of the enclosure and there only cheap
     
  8. Skibsted thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks!

    I feel more confident now.

    I'll keep you posted on the progress.
     
  9. AdeFowler macrumors 68020

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    I replaced the drive in my PowerBook recently and the hardest part was getting the case apart. Not sure if the MBP is easier, but I managed it and I'm crap :eek:
     
  10. Skibsted thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ahh, I see.
    But I can't I just use Migration Assistent?
    I'm using Superduper as my backup software and I have of course made a full copy to my external backup drive. I thought I could just install the new internal drive and then migrate the stuff from my external drive to my internal drive.
    Have I got it all wrong?
     
  11. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    yep that should work but you didn't mention you had an external in your original post,buy an enclosure anyways that way you have another external
     
  12. Skibsted thread starter macrumors regular

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    True, sorry about that.
    So how does it all work?
    I mean, when I have replaced my internal drive do I just turn on my computer and insert my Leopard DVD?
     
  13. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    To be honest ive never used the the migration assistant as i haven't found it necessary,whenever ive upgraded my drives ive just always backed up my stuff to an external just in case and then used enclosures and the clone method.If you go this way no you wont need to insert the DVD as you already have a clone
     
  14. sash macrumors 6502a

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    Hi,

    250 USD for 10-15 min of work (that much time only if you're replacing the drive for the first time in your life)? Just do it, like Nike says. From my experience, the most difficult part of the job was to find right set of screws (walking to a shop three streets away).

    sash
     
  15. merl1n macrumors 65816

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    Excellent video showing you step-by-step how to do it.

    http://eshop.macsales.com/tech_center/installation.cfm

    Click on the Hard Drive Tab and scroll down to the MBP 15".

    Once you watch the video, you'll see how easy it is to do it.

    One thing though, keep the sets of screws separated as they are different sizes and lengths.
     
  16. reifiedbeans macrumors newbie

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    Relax, it's easy. I followed the steps on one of those online guides, kept the screws clearly organized by step number, and it was cake. Just keep your water/beer/coffee far away and don't do anything spastic.

    Once I had the drive in, I plugged in my time machine drive, put in the Leopard disk, and Leopard installed itself and copied all of my files and applications over EXCEPT for my Fusion virtual machine. That was a hassle. I had to hook up my old drive to my old PC, which has SATA cables, install software that could read a mac drive, put the virtual machine file on my PC had drive, then copy it over the network. Ugh. Just burn your virtual machines to DVD or an external drive.
     
  17. Skibsted thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks guys for all your exellent replies.
    I'm planning on replaing the drive tomorrow.
    And - if God will - I'll be the happy user of a 320 GB internal drive:)

    Thanks guys!
     
  18. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Just make sure you use the proper tools and a good work surface.
     
  19. Skibsted thread starter macrumors regular

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    UPDATE ** UPDATE ** UPDATE

    So I have just installed my new hard drive and it went surprisingly well.
    It took me about an hour.
    I can easily recommend doing this yourself and save the money.

    I have never opened up my computer before and I managed to do this - I think that says it all.

    Thanks again to everyone for helping me in here.

    Skibsted
     

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