Is the hard drive FINALLY user replaceable on the new Macbook Pro?

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  1. Wolfpup macrumors 68030

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    I'm guessing not-it looks like the same case design. Any way to know for sure?

    This upgrade looks just about perfect...except for that. I can't buy a system without a user replaceable drive, regardless of how much I want it :(
     
  2. SpaceJello macrumors 6502

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    Looks like the design of the new MBP are the same as the old, which means... no user replaceable drives.
     
  3. Wolfpup thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Dang nabbit!

    I actually "chatted" with an Apple person on the store and asked something like

    "I'm wondering if the new Macbook Pro has a user replaceable drive like the Macbook?"

    She responded with "actually neither system has a user replaceable drive".

    Umm...well, that's not helpful. Maybe it proves the new MBP DOES have a user replaceable drive :D
     
  4. Sbrocket macrumors 65816

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    What's all this hubbub about a user replaceable hard drive? If I want to replace the hard drive in my MBP, you can be sure that a few simple screws aren't gonna stop me.

    :apple:
     
  5. warfa macrumors regular

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    yeah but that will void your applecare i believe!:(
     
  6. Sbrocket macrumors 65816

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    My resident Apple Employee doesn't think so, but you'd probably want to check first.

    :apple:
     
  7. Wolfpup thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Well, it's fairly major surgery that I'm a bit skiddish about, and it voids the warranty.

    If you've seen the insides on the prior MBPs, you basically have to take the whole thing apart, down to taping a wire across the hard drive that goes to the front of the case. It's a scary design, and voids the warranty.

    I "chatted" with another person, who didn't seem sure. She said it was "recommended that an Appletech" person does it. She gave me the Applecare number. I'm not sure if she understood that I don't actually have the system.

    Dang it. Without a user replaceable drive, I have to go with Dell. And that also means I need to keep waiting, as they still haven't upgraded their higher-end notebooks (possibly they're waiting for a mobile 8800GTX card?)
     
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  9. Wolfpup thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I wish it was more like the Macbook design. They did a great job on that case IMO.

    I'm just not sure what to do here. I'd probably have placed an order already, if not for this issue :(
     
  10. esaleris macrumors 6502

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    Well, that's funny. The RAM is user-servicable on a MacBook, but pulling out the little white tab on the HD - that is revealed in the process of replacing RAM - is not? And - oh no! - you'll need a T8 Torx screw. Wierd. :p
     
  11. CarlisleUnited macrumors 6502

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    160 gigs is enough most stuff nad video can always be stored on an external, don't really see why its such a problem
     
  12. Wolfpup thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Yeah, I just think they don't know what they're talking about, which doesn't surprise me. I wish they had redesigned the case a bit :(

    Oh well, the wait continues, I guess :(
     
  13. Dimwhit macrumors 68000

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    Why? Just get a large drive in it to begin with.

    Not sure why that should prevent you from purchasing the system.
     
  14. whateverandever macrumors 6502a

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    That's actually the first thing I checked.

    No, still no user-serviceable hard drive.
     
  15. 4np macrumors 6502a

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    a harddrive is always user servicable; it only depens on how much effort you put into it ;)
     
  16. whateverandever macrumors 6502a

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    User serviceable refers to whether you're going to possibly void the warranty or not upgrading it.

    I'm completely capable of switching it out myself.
     
  17. heatasmallhouse macrumors regular

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    I asked about HD options today in store while I was buying my new machine.

    They don't upgrade at all. Applecare is dead if you do it yourself (which I've done before with my PB). And if a certified repair facility does it they do not cover the drive but continue to cover the rest of the machine.
     
  18. Wolfpup thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I essentially won't have a warranty on the system. I can't send in a system with a hard drive I've used, and since there's no way to swap it without voiding the warranty, I'd be buying a $2300+ system of average reliability with no warranty.
     
  19. whateverandever macrumors 6502a

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    Get it swapped at CompUSA or another Apple authorized repair center.
     
  20. Wolfpup thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Interesting idea, but there are no Apple authorized repair centers here. (I'd hate to have to do it that way regardless, but I guess theoretically that might work if you live near one, and can view the person doing the work as they do it...though it's a heck of a work around for something that should take under a minute to do if it was designed better).
     
  21. jnyepu macrumors member

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    Replacing HD in MacBook Pro

    At two different Apple Stores I was told that if the replacement is done with an "Apple Drive" -- meaning one they sell/support, and done by an Apple authorized repair center, neither the warranty nor AppleCare is voided.

    Apple can have their 7200 160GB HD for now. I'll do with the 5400 and IF I need more speed, will just upgrade in a few months when larger drives are available for the same or less as what Apple gouges (er, I mean charges):D
     

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