Moving a 2009 Macbook hard drive into a Macbook Pro

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  1. Urgorn macrumors newbie

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    I need to get this done, and would like some help before I spend any money.
    I have a hard drive from a 2009 MacBook; the notebook itself was wrecked by water damage, but the hard drive is intact, and the files are still on it (at least the computer repair store said so). I am planning on buying a MacBook pro, and then using my old files, but I'm not 100% sure of how to do it.
    I know that there are relatively simple ways to transfer files if the old computer still works (via a cable, time machine, ETC), but is it possible to simply swap the hard drives and continue? Please let me know how I go about doing this, thanx!

    (The 2009 MacBook is totally inoperable, no way to turn it on and access it)
     
  2. zackkmac macrumors 6502a

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    You certainly can. Look on iFixit.com for guides on how to remove your old HD and install it on your new MBP. It will be pretty easy. :)
     
  3. simsaladimbamba

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    It will only work, if the 2009 MB had at least Mac OS X 10.7.5 and newer installed though.

    As for transferring data, you could get a USB enclosure for 2.5" S-ATA HDDs and put the old HDD in there and then use Migration / Setup Assistant to migrate all your data and applications to the new MBP, in case you have an older version of Mac OS X on that HDD.
     
  4. Urgorn thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I think I had 1.6.4 or something.....
    What exactly would I do then?
     
  5. simsaladimbamba

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    You probably mean 10.7.4? Did you buy Mac OS X 10.7 Lion via the Mac App Store (MAS) at some point and installed it? If your Finder's Sidebar was using grey icons instead of coloured ones like in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, then you have 10.7.4, and that should work okay, as the 2012 MBPs came with a special build of 10.7.3, thus 10.7.4 contained all the necessary drivers for that hardware.

    If that does not work, take the USB enclosure route I talked about.

    Migration Assistant / Setup Assistant information:
     
  6. Urgorn thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I bought the Mac with Snow Leopard, and never upgraded it at all...but I'm looking into the enclosure method, thanks for the links
     

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