New Macbook Pro, 13,3"

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Twaize, Aug 7, 2009.

  1. Twaize macrumors member

    May 11, 2008

    I recently ordered a Macbook Pro, 13,3"; I haven't recieved it yet, as total delivery is 10 days.
    I bought it with a 320 GB HDD as it was the most economical upgrade (the 500 GB is a ripoff), but just read that changing the HDD voids the warrenty.
    Is that true? Is it visible, should it ever need servicing? I bought the Apple Care, so it makes a big difference.

    If I buy an external HDD, boot from that, and use it for gaming, will it severely hamper performance? I know running an external drive isn't nearly as fast as an internal, but would that be a bottle neck with gaming?
    I should also note, that gaming is a small pastime, not something I will be doing a lot.

    Thank you very much.
  2. fehhkk macrumors 6502a


    Jun 11, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    Changing the hard drive doesn't void your warranty. What is not covered, is your third party drive in case it fails or if you screw anything up yourself in the process, or any fault caused by the new component.

    It's very easy to perform. Link
  3. jb1280 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 13, 2009
    changing the hard drive does not void the warrantee. Why would Apple put instructions in the owner's manual on how to change something, if doing so would void your warrantee?
  4. dyrmaker83 macrumors newbie

    Aug 4, 2009
    I believe it just means you can't return it, because it's a "custom" configuration.
  5. Twaize thread starter macrumors member

    May 11, 2008
    Thank you very much for your replies, what about the external hdd?
  6. zw-gator macrumors 6502a


    Oct 23, 2005
    Why not just install the game(s) on you internal HD?
  7. Twaize thread starter macrumors member

    May 11, 2008
    Space issues, I won't put my photos on an external hdd, I prefer having them on my computer, and doing a backup of that, so they are always 2 places. Unfortunately, they took up a hell of a lot of space
  8. Dan73 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 30, 2009
    Game will load slower but once they are loaded they are in RAM and should run fine.
  9. dB.Mac macrumors newbie

    Aug 6, 2009

    I'd agree with Dan73, I run Windows XP Pro and Vista Business via Parallels on 500 gig externals and haven't had problems with either.
  10. Twaize thread starter macrumors member

    May 11, 2008
    dB.Mac, Dan73 and fehhkk;
    Thank you very much for your help, it is much appreciated.

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