Macbook to macbook HDD swap

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by sidefx, Jan 27, 2011.

  1. sidefx macrumors regular

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    I currently have a late 2009 polycarbonate unibody macbook and im looking at a late 2008 aluminum unibody macbook for sale. I was wondering if I could just swap the HDDs between the two or if that would cause problems.
     
  2. yadmonkey macrumors 65816

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    While the hard drives are compatible and there wouldn't likely be any major issues, I wouldn't recommend it. Sometimes Macs ship with a machine-specific build of OS X and technically that could cause issues.

    Why not simply use migration assistant to move your data over?
     
  3. Yebubbleman macrumors 68030

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    Don't bother buying it unless it's the 2.4 GHz model of the Aluminum generation; otherwise it's a clear downgrade. But even then, I've heard that the Early generations of NVIDIA GeForce 9400Ms were more unreliable than the later revs. Worth looking up further though.

    Otherwise, I completely agree with the other poster. Just use the migration assistant.
     
  4. aceaceace macrumors newbie

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    Macbook to Macbook Pro HDD swap worked fine

    I just swapped the HDD from a white 13" Macbook 2006 model into a 2010 Macbook Pro 13" aluminum body and vice versa. No major issues. I was sort of surprised it worked so well. So I would figure a Macbook to Macbook would be easier. I posted how I did it here: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=11860662#post11860662 I'm sure there are opinions both ways on doing this swap, but I don't mind taking a few risks and it worked fine. :D
     
  5. MacModMachine macrumors 68020

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    i dont remember him asking whether it was worth it.....

    9400m's are all the same, later ones would not be any better.
     

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