Looking at new 13" MacBook Pro but wont a 500GB Hard Drive

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  1. Reao macrumors member

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    So Im looking to get a new 13" macbook pro to replaces my old macbook pro, but I really l like having the 500GB hard drive in it. When talking to an online apple sales lady she said I can not upgrade the hard drive in there my self. So I'm wondering if I upgrade the hard drive in there my self do I loose apple care?
     
  2. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    She is incorrect. Hard drive and ram are considered to be user upgrades. They don't violate Apple Care.
     
  3. Reao thread starter macrumors member

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    Thats what I thought but she wonted to argue with me and well there is no point in getting in an argument with her. :p

    Also I'm guessing it will but will this affect my apple care? http://www.mcetech.com/optibay/
     
  4. tempusfugit macrumors 65816

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    Apple even has documentation on their website about how to do it:

    http://manuals.info.apple.com/en_US/MBPRO_13inch_Mid2009_Hard_Drive_DIY.pdf

    I just put a 500 in mine yesterday. Seagate momentus 7200 RPM. Working great so far, and my snow leopard "upgrade disk" was all I needed for the fresh OS install. No need to put leopard on first.

    Sometimes the people at apple stores are truly morons. There are usually a few diamonds in the rough, however.
     
  5. Reao thread starter macrumors member

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    Nice, I put a WD 5400 500GB in my the macbook pro I have now but its bin out of apple care for a long time.
     
  6. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Magnuson-Moss warranty act: Any modification whatsoever to the machine will not void warranty unless it can be clearly proven beyond doubt that the modification caused failure to the part needing warranty work.

    You could do anything you like to the computer, so long as you don't break anything or cause anything to break, your warranty is still good, it's the law.
     
  7. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    No, that won't void warranty either.
     
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    The Opti-Bay voids your warranty. You can always put the SuperDrive again, but leaving it in there will cause problems.
     
  9. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    It can't/won't make your machine fail, therefore it can't technically void your warranty.
     
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    Just make sure you don't break anything while your in there!
     
  12. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    Umm...no. Not unless you want to hire a lawyer, it modifies the machine to make certain things inoperable, i.e. your SuperDrive.
     
  13. Reao thread starter macrumors member

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    Well if I put in the Opti-bay and something brakes down the line can I put my superdrive back in.
     
  14. HLdan macrumors 603

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    What others neglected to mention is while your warranty on the computer is not void when installing your own hard drive, the installed stuff is not covered under your Applecare. If you have problems with your own installed ram or hard drive your Applecare will not cover them, you will have to deal with the place you bought the devices from.
     
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    Yes. I don't think they would be able to tell you removed it.
     

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